Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance, Supernatural
What’s it about?
The tag lines for the first book are “WORLDS KEPT THEM APART” & “DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER”
Yes it screams romance! Set in a dystopian world the heroine Aria (like the name) is one of the few lucky ones living under a dome that protects them from the unpredictable and deadly elements of the outside world. We start off following her and a group of teenagers into a restricted area where those stupid teenage boys start a fire and only herself and the leader’s son survive (I’m glossing over a lot of things here). Suspicions are hurled at her as they suspect her of letting the outsider in. Meet the hero of the story Perry, (not so keen about the name, sorry to any Perry’s reading this). Long story short Aria gets banished to the wastelands and destiny bring her back to Perry who saves her yet again! and again and again.
Did I like it?
Maybe after reading what I wrote above you might think no I didn’t but strangely I did enjoy it. All three books! Firstly I enjoyed the fact that it was written in third person and from only two perspectives. Aria’s and Perry’s. And unlike the last book of the disastrous Divergent series, Allegiant, I didn’t need to check whose perspective the chapter was being written in all time. Rossi was clearly able to distinguish the character voices. The story was decently paced, maybe could’ve been a little faster in some areas, and there were some other likeable characters and a splash of unexpected tragedy. I would even go as far to say that the second and third books were better than the first which is saying something.
Anything I didn’t like? (Slight spoiler alert)
Hmm had to think about this one. Nothing that screams out at me. I guess my only bone is that my favourite supporting character didn’t get a happily ever after. I didn’t really find it necessary for Rossi to kill off the love of his life. While it bring up so tear jerking moments I found myself hating Rossi for it.
The final say:
Read it! It’s an easy, well written and entertaining read.
A solid 3.5 (rounded up to 4 on goodreads) out of 5