The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
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.
When I saw there was going to be a new book by the amazing author duo, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, I didn’t care that there wasn’t a title or description that book went straight onto my TBR because I just knew it was going to be fantastic, and you know what – I was right. The Other Side of the Sky is an amazing start to a brand new duology.
In the story we follow Nimh, a goddess of an ancient land, and North, a prince of the cloudlands. Nimh believes that she has a prophesy to fulfill, and when her path crosses with North, she is certain that she is on the right track. Nimh thinks that North is the key to saving her people, while North is just trying to find someone who can help him to get back home. Along the way, friendship is growing, and maybe even some romance is budding. The problem is that Nimh cannot be touched (with the exception being an adorable orange cat), or she will lose her power, and there are lots of enemies who would love to see that happen.
This story is also a mix of fantasy and sci-fi, which led to it being full of great discussion about what is magic and what is science. Both Nimh and North are decedents of the same ancient people, but they were raised with completely different views and in separate lands — so while Nimh believes in magic, North thinks there is a scientific reason for everything. Little by little, one of them starts to see where the other might be right — and with this being a duology, I think there’s room to say that each might begin to see where the other may be right as well — just a guess though.
There is a lot of set-up in the beginning of this book, but stick with it — because once you get that out of the way, this story feels like a movie, and you will be zooming on through enjoying every minute. I saw where The Other Side of the Sky was compared to The 100, and being someone who didn’t read those books (but who did watch the first few seasons on The CW), I can say that, yes, there were some moments that reminded me of that show. There’s even a moment that gave me the feels I had when Elsa came into her own in Frozen II. That’s powerful stuff right there! So, if you’re curious to see how a book could remind you of both The 100 and Frozen II, love books that have great discussion, and also enjoy both fantasy and sci-fi, then I highly recommend that you read this book.
The Other Side of the Sky released today, September, 8, 2020, and is available on Amazon in the following formats:
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