This debut novel was all that I could have hoped for and more. Veronica absolutely outdid herself, and this was only the first book in the trilogy! She's definitely caught my attention.
Aria and Perry are teenagers that live in completely different worlds. Aria's is one in an inclosed city of Dwellers where everyone travels through the Realms, virtual worlds. Perry's is one on the outside where he has to struggle to survive.
Both thrust into impossible situations, Aria and Perry must reluctantly rely on each other in order to get things back to the way they were. Their unlikely alliance under the never sky brings them through challenges and discoveries that neither prepared for, including a beautiful and forbidden romance.
From the moment I started reading this I didn't want to put it down. I was completely entranced by the characters and worlds that Veronica had created, including a nifty little secret about Perry that I hadn't known about beforehand. This was something new and fresh that I was so excited I found!
Not only is this a dystopian unlike any of the others I've read so far, there's also an introduction of science fiction/fantasy elements that just seemed to fit perfectly. I don't want to give it away, but I will say that it only made me love Perry more. The world for the Outsiders holds more secrets than any of them could know.
I also truly enjoyed the development of the relationship between Aria and Perry. It wasn't love at first sight, more like loathe, and they had to fight through their prejudices of what the other was like from rumors that they'd heard. I definitely want more of them.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. I can't believe I have to wait for the next book in this amazing trilogy, but that just tells you what a great writer Veronica is. She pulls her readers in and hooks them, leaving them hungry for more. We only get a little taste of the story for these characters and I can't even imagine what else Veronica has in store.
I am patiently (or not so much) waiting for book 2 to be available and highly recommending this amazing book.