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The Other Side of the Sky

The Other Side of the Sky 1

by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Age range: 13 to 18 years old Publication Date: 01/09/2020
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A magnetic and addictive tale of star-crossed love, inexplicable magic and an impossible choice.

Science and faith collide in this tale of magic, destiny and the changing truths found through love by the award-winning authors of the bestselling Starbound trilogy.

Prince North's home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate unknown technology. But North believes his sky island is sinking. Its engines are failing, and the key to saving his home is to venture to the place the engines were first created.

Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the surface, responsible for providing answers, direction - hope. But in the midst of the surface's worst crisis yet, a mist that spreads madness and poison, doubts have arisen among the people about Nimh's divinity. She must find a way to manifest her power - before she is overthrown, and all is lost.

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 to either save their people, or succumb to the bond that is forbidden to them. Two worlds, two hearts and a choice that will shape their fate forever.

Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
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'A vivid and compulsive thriller set in a beautiful, perilous world of myths and treachery. You won't want to put it down.'
Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series
Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times and internationally bestselling co-author of The Illuminae Files (Illuminae, Gemina) and the Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light.)

Her award-winning books are published in almost 30 countries, and she is based in Melbourne, Australia, where she lives with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

Meagan Spooner

New York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut.

She graduated from Hamilton College in New York State with a degree in playwriting. She’s traveled all over the world, to places such as Egypt, Australia, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galápagos Islands, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.

She’s the co-author of the award-winning Starbound Trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light) and the Skylark Trilogy (Skylark, Shadowlark, Lark Ascending) as well as this “Beauty and the Beast” retelling. In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

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The Other Side OF The Sky is the first book in the series of the same name by Australian author, Amie Kaufman and American author, Meagan Spooner. Fifteen-year-old Nimhara has had a vision. Since she was five years old, she has been the forty-second vessel of the Divine, the sole descendant of the gods in the land, heavily guarded, and never touched, except by her bindle cat.

Her people have been troubled, waiting ten years for the aspect that has not manifested in her: there is the danger of the mist-storms, there is dissent, and there is denial of her divinity; the Graycloaks want to remove her power; the Cult of the Deathless want to kill her. But now, she is sure her pilgrimage to Intisuyu will lead her to the Lightbringer: the prophecy will be fulfilled, her world will be renewed.

Young prince North, in line for the throne, is an enthusiastic glider pilot, and he feels certain he can discover the answer to the loss of altitude affecting the sky-cities of Alciel, even if many of the council deny it is a problem. To prove his point, he slips from the meeting to fly his glider to the palace; he hasn’t counted on mechanical failure, though, and is soon plunging Below, from where none have returned and he will likely meet an awful fate.

Nimh alone witnesses his crash-landing in the forest-sea; their initial encounter is wary, and neither reveals quite who, or what, they are. But, since she has saved his life, and she looks to be his only chance to repair the glider, North accompanies Nimh and the cat back to camp. If what they find there is shocking, it’s only a prelude to what is in store on their cautious return to the city’s temple.

What a marvellous adventure! Kaufman and Spooner craft their story so well, with subtle world-building, interesting characters, riveting action and an enticing cliff-hanger ending, that it is easy for the reader to immerse themselves therein. And who would expect a cat that occasionally (helpfully) bites an ankle to become a favourite?

Their protagonists spend time talking at crossed purposes and it is interesting to watch as two cultures with common ancestors, separated by centuries, meet: Nimh puts her faith in magic, North relies on science. Fans can only hope that the second instalment won’t be too long in coming. It may be billed as young adult, but that doesn’t mean that older fantasy fans won’t be equally enthralled.

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