Aria has lived her whole life in virtual reality. Perry has lived his whole life on the harsh outside. When fate forces the two together in order to save what is most dear to them, they discover that maybe they their differences make them strong.
This is a really hard book to give a solid rating too. The first half of the book was incredibly annoying. Both Perry and Aria are ignorant to the other side of the coin (Aria calls Perry a savage and Perry calls her a mole.) Constantly throwing insults, trying to betray each other, shallow to the point of wanting to put the book down, etc. Then A sudden turn out of nowhere is taken and a romance starts. Love turns to hate and the book turns AWESOME. I could not put it down.
Let me talk a little about our trio here: THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE AND IT IS AWESOME. We have Perry and Aria in a tentative relationship, and Roar who is a steadfast, loyal friend to both. THIS WAS GREAT.
I can't believe I put this book off for so long. It's a solid dystopia with none of the nonsense that usually comes with it (i.e., love triangle, hiding facts from each other, etc.)
Let me start with this, If you really liked the way Uprooted (by Naomi Novik)was written, Air Awakens had a similar feeling.
Without giving too much away, Vhalla is a librarian apprentice who suddenly finds herself entangled with the heir to the kingdom (aka the fire lord.) He is not a good person and doesn't try to be so. He wants Vhalla for her power as a wind-walker. The first of her kind in almost two centuries. Vhalla has decisions to make. Does she want her newly found magic eradicated? Does she want to trust the crown prince? Does she want to stay a librarian apprentice?
I LOVED this book. The potential romance is slow burn, Vhalla doesn't just jump in all like "yay, magic! Let me roam around being reckless!" She genuinly maturely spends a large portion of the book thinking about if this is the right path for her. Once she chooses, she sticks to her guns and gets through everything being thrown at her. And believe me, she gets her share of shitstorm. And because she gets her shitstorm, just like the rest of us in life, we can relate to Vhalla so well. As a bookworm, she understands us and yearns for something i'm sure hits true in every reader's heart.
“I want a place you hardly dare to even whisper. I want the bravery to not only read, but to do. I want a man, not a library boy. A man who is tall and witty and knows more about the world than you would ever dare dream.”