I don't enjoy novels with whinny or dim whited heroines. In saying that, I am smitten with the characters in this story. Aria is collected, talented, and very insightful. Perry is rugged and manly, yet kind and affectionate under that bravado. In this story, Aria is left to die in the death shop all because she had a run in with a consuls' crazy son. This is where she runs into Perry, and from rough beginnings they become intertwined. Aria does alot of growth during her time on the outside, and finds beauty in the simplest things. After spending 17 years of her life dwelling in the pods and fractioning among different realms, Aria begins to prefer the "real". I love Perry's character, his adoration for his nephew is wonderful to read. I also enjoy how the author described his feelings toward those he cared about as being "rendered". It deepens the connections and relationships he has. How ideal would it be to have a man feel and experience what you do?