20 November 2012

Tarzan and Under the Never Sky

Made by yours truly

This has been swirling around in my head forever it seems.  At least, since I finished Through the Ever Night, the epic second installment in Veronica Rossi's equally epic debut series.  Books and music leave general impressions in my mind -- to me, they are a certain way -- and sometimes, the impressions of a book and the impressions of a song, match.

This is the case with Veronica Rossi's Under the Never Sky series and the soundtrack to the Disney movie, Tarzan.  They both left a similar impression on my mind, so as I tore through Through the Ever Night, I found myself listening to Tarzan and thinking back on the story itself.  I started crafting scenes in my head around a particular song -- Son of Man, I swear, was made for Perry.

This harmony between song and story proves one thing: Veronica Rossi has done an absolutely amazing job.  Her world is vibrant and her characters realistic.  I love it when I fall in love with a story so much, it stays in my head for days/weeks/months/years after I've finished reading the "official" story.  I found myself constructing imaginary scenes in my head with the characters of Rossi's world and my own characters thrown in the mix.

I also love it when a story I've read finds a song of its own.  To me, the harmony between the Tarzan soundtrack and Rossi's Under the Never sky series makes perfect sense.  Phil Collins uses instruments in his songs that I can reasonably construct within the rules of the Never Sky world.  (It would be hard to figure out a way to have techno music playing at the Tides' compound.)  Also, the lyrics of the songs totally apply to the plot arc of the series!  You'll Be In My Heart?  Strangers Like Me?  (And we'll throw in Trashin' The Camp for kicks.)

If you've read Under the Never Sky, just listen to Son of Man and try and tell me the lyrics don't apply to Perry.
Though there's no one there to guide you
No one to take your hand
But with faith and understanding
You will journey from boy to man

Son of man, look to the sky
Lift your spirits, set it free
Some day you'll walk tall with pride
Son of man, a man in time you'll be
The Tarzan music brings the characters and the world to life in a way that equates to the moments when I'm in the throes of the story itself.  I love that.  Thank you, universe, for this lovely demonstration of synergism and the power of creativity.

Since she'd been on the outside, she'd survived an Aether storm, she'd had a knife held to her throat, and she'd seen men murdered.  This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland -- known as The Death Shop -- are slim.  If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will.  She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her.  Then Aria meets an Outside named Perry.  He's wild -- a savage -- and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile -- everything he would expect from a Dweller.  But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption.  Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive.  Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.