Wow, I was really blown away by Under the Never Sky! It's everything I could want in a Young Adult Scifi/Fantasy story. The virtual reality of the world Aria lives in is both intriguing and terrifying. Everything Aria knows as reality is entirely false and she is thrown out in the world she thought had been left behind. Instead, people have survived the intense change the earth has gone through. These so called "savages" are trying to eke out a living amid severe weather storms caused by the Aether. The descriptions of the Aether (a different sort of sky) are some of the most beautiful I've read in a while.
The characters we meet in the outside world are compelling. Perry, Roar and Cinder give this story an immense depth. The human race has mutated and developed gifts such as supersonic hearing, perfect night vision and the ability to read others' emotions.
There is something for everyone in this novel. Love, battles, laughter, grief and as is the case with dystopias, lingering questions on how our society and race are evolving.
I'm looking forward to the sequel with unabashed anticipation. Through the Ever Night comes out in early 2013!