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.
Title : The Other Side of the Sky
Author : Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series : The Other Side of the Sky (book one)
Format : eARC
Page Count : 480
Genre : YA fantasy / science fiction
Publisher : HarperTeen
Release Date : September 8, 2020
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Hollis’ 4 star review
So, I don’t know why I’m surprised by how much I liked this, because I requested it solely as a result of the author names, without knowing (or caring) about what the plot would be, but oh wow did I really really like this. Also, yes, I went in to this totally unaware of the summary even after I was approved for the ARC, no one is surprised.
This is nothing like either of the authors’ work before as solo writers or partners and I actually found everything about the story, in general, to be so interesting and unique. There is a definite worlds divide feeling about THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY both in current day living and mythology as well as belief. We spend more time in one world than the other but knowing how this ended I’m sure we’ll get a deeper look at the opposite in book two and I can’t wait for that. But the world of the Below was so.. rich, so interesting, such a fascinating blend of faith and magic whereas the world Above we know is the complete opposite. Just like our protagonists.
I know there’s always a dialogue regarding YA feeling too YA and adults who read YA getting some criticism for picking up those books and then being disappointed by them because of their target audience. But my rebuttal is always that there are ways to write for an audience while still satisfying those outside of it. Or just writing so well that it trancends age groups. That’s what some authors can do well and others can’t and generally that’s where my criticisms come from. Sure, you can still write well but nonetheless have characters that read too young for you, or find themselves in situations that adult readers can be frustrated by. That’s still valid. I’m sure I’m guilty of it. But. These authors? I doubt I’ll ever have a problem with them and I’m so happy, after all these years, they are still writing YA. Though, hey, if they dropped an adult title? I’d be first in line.
But that tangent has nothing to do with this story or why you should read it. It doesn’t go into detail about the complexities of the world, the characters, how things connect or how they circumvent a path you think you’re on.. and surprise you with something else. This story does all that and more all whilst immersing you into a world I wasn’t really expecting to love so much.
If this book isn’t already on your radar, it absolutely should be.
** I received an ARC from Edelweiss+ and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **