Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – ARC Review

 

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  1 September 2020

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

RRP:  AU$19.99

 

Blurb

Prince North’s home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate engines, powered by technology. Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the Surface, responsible for providing answers, direction—hope.

North’s and Nimh’s lives are entwined—though their hearts can never be. Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between duty and fate, they must choose between saving their people or succumbing to the bond that is forbidden between them.

 

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Review

Thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

 

Nimh is the goddess of the Below, but as the years have passed without her divine power being revealed, there are those who have started to doubt her.  She is convinced though, that a vision she has experienced is the answer to everything.
North is a prince, living in the cities in the sky.  The sky people have always been told nothing lives on the world below and to journey there is a suicide mission.  There is no way back up.  North thinks he may be able to find a way, but before he can convince anyone of his intended invention, he crash lands his glider….Below.
When North and Nimh meet, he doesn’t believe in magic and she thinks his technology is the very embodiment of magic.  As the unlikely pair try and untangle the stories they have been told, they’ll run into a far greater danger than they expected.
I was initially a little scared to start The Other Side of the Sky, because it sounded very romance-y, and I don’t really do romance books, so I was not prepared for how much I would love it!  According to the laws of her divinity, Nimh can’t be touched, so that brought an entirely new aspect to the growing feelings between the pair.  I really loved this unique part of the storyline.  There was also a CAT.  I am a huge sucker for animal companions in books and the Bindle Cat had my whole heart with his very cat like attitude and behaviour.  The way he just showed up, demanded whatever attention he needed and left again was SO REALISTIC. 😄  As well as being a book about a fight for survival, The Other Side of the Sky did such a fantastic job of hi-lighting the differences in culture between the sky and land people.  I felt like North made most of the concessions to suspend his belief when it came to Nimh’s magic and his technology was almost brushed off as ‘magic’.  So I’m kind of hoping he’ll get the chance to show off the advanced technology of his people in the next book. The epic world building and characters had me hooked from the very beginning and although this is not a short book, I just couldn’t put it down.
And seriously, THAT ENDING.  I don’t care whether it’s by technology or magic, someone needs to make the sequel appear in my hands right now.  I’m waiting.

 

 

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