This book through all its confusion, unresolved threads of plot, underdeveloped characters and breathtaking descriptions, is one of the first books I’ve been able to really get into for a long time. Recently due to stress, workload, school, A-Levels, personal issues, and so much more, I’ve been unable to really sit down and focus on reading a book through to the end. Sorry for the horrible quality in this photo. It did look a lot better not on this post ^^
If you love dystopian stories, romance, supernatural abilities and a lot of action then I strongly suggest checking out this book.
Book Blurb from GoodReads:
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.
If you haven’t read the book then I don’t suggest reading this review any further because you will be spoiled. But if you were interested at the beginning by the blurb and my obvious love for this book then I strongly suggest reading this book. It does take quite a while to get into it and to develop slight feelings for the main characters but when you really do absorb yourself inside this book then you fall in love with the world and story.
Now onto the review. The book in general was beautiful and I found myself in love with Veronica Rossi’s writing but I did find a couple of flaws in the story that I would have preferred to have been addressed. The beginning is quite brief. We, as readers, don’t really get an understanding of the events going on or the world that we have just been thrown in it. In almost 3 chapters all of a sudden Aria has been thrown out of the “Mole’s” pods and into the outside desert and we don’t gain any insight into her life before hand. If there are references to the eye device and her mother Lumina (I believe is her name) it’s quite light and faint and not really something you connect to. When she is introduced to the Outside world I don’t really see her development as a character from a Mole into an Outsider.
Perry’s introduction was almost as sudden if not even more. The connection from the beginning was there and you knew they were going to end up together but there was a bit of a lack of development in their relationship. To be honest when he started smelling violets when she “became a woman”…it was kind of weird…and the fact she didn’t even know what was happening…kinda confusing.
I loved Roar and Cinder so much. They were so funny and amusing to read about and I felt so bad for Cinder. He must of had such a stressful life considering his abilities and just..poor him 😦 He reminded me of Talon whom I wanted to see more of as well. I didn’t really understand the “experiments” Aria’s mother was doing and I got so angry with Vale for doing what he did behind everyone’s back. He sold his own son for God’s sake! That was 100% not okay but still…it didn’t give Perry the right to do what he did…I still am a bit shaken up about it.
Talking about abilities…I didn’t see that coming. It sort of reminded me of “Gone” and the shock I got when everyone started having all these powers…It didn’t make me feel very connected to the characters.
In general the characters were okay but there wasn’t that development that could have happened throughout the first book. I mean I understand it’s a trilogy and she probably wants to keep information for the next two books but…I just felt it could have been a lot longer you know?
I think the main twist I didn’t see coming was first off, Vale’s death, as well as the whole aether plot line…that was major for me. I didn’t understand it fully but it was definitely cool.
Overall I loved it, there were flaws but I felt like I still wanted to read the second book which is a good thing I guess ^^
Plot: 7 points
Characters: 7 points
Originality: 7 points
Language/Style: 7 points
So overall I gave this book 28 points out of 40 which is quite good in my opinion for a first book! I still want to read it and would definitely recommend it to someone else!
Favorite Part: “People can be cruelest to those they love.”