DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.
Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.
I’m usually a very fast reader if the book is good. I finish it by two days tops. I started this book six days ago and I only finished it last night. Yes, I was busy because college started and I had a lot of stuff to do, but if a book is good, nothing can stop me from reading it through to the end. Not college, not lab reports, not exams. What I’m trying to say here is this book didn’t manage to hold my interest at all.
When I was about ten pages into this book, I was so happy. It was such an interesting premise with the Dwellers and the Outsiders and the domes and the Aether storms. But then it turned into another mushy YA love story. I mean, Veronica Rossi did an amazing job with the world building that it’s almost a shame that she limited herself to writing a love story instead of, I don’t know, an adventure/survival maybe. Granted the writing is good, but the question is, is that enough? I like romance, I really do, but when that’s all there is to a story, it kind of becomes boring. Also, nothing much happened in this book. Perry and the girl – who was it? – Aria just went about running from this place to that place, chased by one evil group of people after another. It was EXHAUSTING. It is clear that when Veronica Rossi wrote this book, she had no outline of a plot in her mind. It seems like she kept writing scene after scene with “Perry, Aria and the sexual tension” in the beginning and then, “Perry, Aria and their lovey-dovey-ness” in the latter part of the book. God, I’m so frustrated right now that I can’t even type properly. I’m just a huge mass of disappointment now. Shame. This book had so much potential. And the ending! That is just such an atrocious ending. I expected a cliffhanger because that’s what most YA books with sequels seem to have, but it wasn’t a cliffhanger. It wasn’t even an ending. I felt like a few pages were missing at the end. It was as if the book had ended at a random scene. Sigh. Such potential.
- Lack of sexual tension (Their romance just didn’t do it for me. Somewhere in the middle, I started wishing Perry and Aria would just break up and move on with their lives.)
- Romance, romance and nothing but romance
- No plot
- Flat secondary characters
- Good writing
- Brilliant world building
- Good depth in the primary characters (Perry and Aria)
I’m so not picking up the sequel. Unless I hear it has a plot, that is. 🙂
So, what did you guys think of this book? Is it your cup of tea?