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Under the Never Sky: Meet Aria

as part of the Under the Never Sky tour hosted by The {Teen} Book Scene, i was able to interview one of the main characters, Aria.

About the book:
Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. 

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. 

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY [summary and image from Goodreads]

Now, meet Aria! 

Of all the Realms, which is your favorite one to spend time in with friends?

I love going to the Art and Music Realms. Musical theater, rock concerts, dance clubs… If I could, I’d go from one to the next. Some of the best Realms right now are the Egyptian ones. They’re so beautiful. Lately, everyone’s going crazy over them.

What do you know about the Outsiders?

I didn’t know much until I was thrown out of Reverie. We just heard stories in Reverie, about the Savages and how they’re barbaric, vicious people. If you picture all the most terrible things a person can be—violent, cruel, dirty—that’s pretty much what I thought. Now I know better--much better.

Describe your perfect day!

My perfect day is a day of fun with my friends, cruising to Realms and going to concerts. I love Venice, so I’d probably go to some Venetian Realms. And I also love sushi, so there’d have to be some of that. Basically, just laughing with my best friends and going to the best Realms. If Perry can be there, then it would really be perfect. And it wouldn’t matter what we did, if we were together. Now you’re making me really miss him.

What are three of your strengths and three of your weaknesses?

I’m headstrong, trusting and insatiably curious. I think my strengths are the same as my weaknesses. It just depends on the context. What are your weaknesses and strengths, Lisa?

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

Even though it’s beautiful, I’d change the Aether. There’s no way to live comfortably with the storms being as intense and destructive as they are. I’d want to see the Aether disappear.

Thanks for having me, Lisa!


to answer Aria's question, i would change the unwillingness to compromise. we could get so much farther in life and as a society if we would be willing to give a little. just a thought. 

be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour and read Under The Never Sky for yourself! it's been getting a lot of buzz and is making a lot of bookish folk very happy. 

thanks again to The {Teen} Book Scene for hosting this tour and to Aria for being gracious enough to swing by! she's on her way to being a celebrity, you know.

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

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