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 feel like I’m one of the very few people who didn’t love this book. But I’m sorry, it just wasn’t good!
Was it just me, or was the world not developed at all? At first I thought my book was missing the first chapter, but plot wise it made sense. Maybe there was a small explanation somewhere, but I must have missed it, because I still have no idea what Aether is! There was other stuff too, like Realms, that weren’t explained until the very end. I thought they were just parts of the world, like cities, but apparently not… And why are they called Blood Lords? The tribes took a while to be explained too.
There were also characters that were mentioned but never developed, or just did a little. The start of this book introduced a lot of seemingly important characters that were never mentioned again. Paisley (what a terrible name) was mentioned a few times, but it seemed a bit forced to me. Ben was mentioned, but I have no idea who he is. And no one except Vale and Brooke were mentioned from Perry’s tribe.
I also didn’t like the main characters. Either of them. Perry was sometimes okay, but he was mostly just strength and no brain. Aria made no decisions for herself. Plus she needed to be saved all the time, not that she was ever grateful for it. Obviously Rossi has been taught that characters always need to have something to work towards, like any new author is (including me!). Only hers were way too obvious. Did Perry ever go a chapter without mentioning Talon? Or Aria not mentioning her mum?
Rossi has also been told, or worked out, that love is always good. But she’s wrong, I’m afraid. Some couples are not meant to be, no how matter you wish they should be. Go ahead and try, but admit defeat because it gets too gushy and horrible like this book did.
I think I would’ve enjoyed this book a lot more if it hasn’t been dystopian. The idea of the book was good, and the plot moved forward fairly well. Roar was so great. Unfortunately, this book just didn’t work for me