Title: The Other Side of the Sky
Author: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Genre: Young Adult/Sci-Fi/Fantasy
In short: A young adult novel that seamlessly blends science and magic.
Nimh is a goddess on Earth. North is a prince of the sky. They know no different, until North crash lands on Earth changing their lives and the lives of their people for forever. It’s a classic when worlds collide tale told with a classic Kaufman and Spooner twist. Naturally, I enjoyed every page.
The Other Side of the Sky has incredible world buidling and characters as well as a fast-paced plot which made it hard to put down. Kaufman and Spooner seamlessly blend science and fantasy in this thrilling novel. I adored the descriptions of a post-apocalyptic Earth with its mysterious mists and it’s floating river villages. Equally impressive is the city floating in the sky. It is this sci-fi/fantasy nerd’s dream to read a book which so well encompasses elements from both genres. At points science and magic seem to become one and the same thing. We all know after all, that magic is science that has not yet been explained.
The book is told from alternating points of view which really highlights the whole science vs magic thing. It was fun reading the characters different ways of looking at things. It seems more and more common for love interests to have alternating points of view in Young Adult novels but it really felt like both characters added value to the story in this instance. I also loved the addition of the ‘Bindle’ cat in this book (can we please have more furry friends in YA – please…?)
Whilst the story was somewhat limited thanks to the length of the book, I thought it was an enjoyable plot. It all builds up to a classic Kaufman/Spooner climax which the book pretty much ends on. I cannot wait to see what happens in book #2.
I’m rating The Other Side of the Sky 4/5 stars.