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

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.

It truly is an incredible feeling when your most anticipated book release of the year not only meets your very high expectations, but EXCEEDS them!

I loved everything about The Other Side of the Sky, from its lush and breathtaking atmosphere, to its beautifully complex characters. Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have been my favorite author duo since I read their Starbound trilogy several years ago, but with this book, their writing has reached new heights. And I think it’s because this gem of a story is just so uniquely magical.

The way Amie and Meagan blend science fiction and fantasy in The Other Side of the Sky is beyond beautiful. It sounds like a difficult thing to do, but these two ladies weave these two genres together so effortlessly (at least it seems that way!). The setting, containing elements of both sci-fi and fantasy, was so atmospheric… The imagery used to describe the beauty and vividness of this world just blew me away and made me want to get lost in it forever. And that’s the thing… The breathtaking world Amie and Meagan have crafted has reminded me of the true cost of being a reader. You get to visit all of these enchanting, beautiful places, only to get thrust back into real life as soon as you put your book down. It’s a little bit sad, but also beautiful, don’t you think? Fantasy books (or, in this case, fantasy-and-sci-fi-in-one books) are the best type of escapism there is, and if you’re looking for a new one to sweep you off of your feet, you simply must pick up The Other Side of the Sky.

Another aspect of this gorgeous novel that left me totally breathless was the romance. A big barrier in Nimh and North’s relationship is their inability to touch one another due to Nimh’s divinity. One would think that creating a beautiful romance would be impossible with this obstacle in the way, but I believe that it actually served in Nimh and North’s favor. The lack of physical touch made the romantic tension all the more palpable, and it also made Nimh and North’s emotional connection so much stronger. Amie and Meagan have created something truly remarkable with this romance, and I can’t wait to see where it goes in book two.

All in all, The Other Side of the Sky was an absolutely phenomenal book. It was enchanting, lush, and heart-stopping in a way that only a Kaufman-Spooner book can be! I loved it even more than I thought I would, and I’m over-the-moon excited to read its sequel. Speaking of which… how am I supposed to wait A YEAR to find out what happens next?!?! Amie and Meagan… Please write fast!

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14 thoughts on “Review: The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

  1. melbraxton says:

    So glad this book did not disappoint! I really can’t wait for this to make it to the top of my TBR. This world and premise just sounds breathtaking in every single way. I’m in love with sci-fantasy right now and can’t wait to see how this one was constructed.

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  2. readingbystarlightblog says:

    AHHHH – this review is going to be one tough act to follow! 😉 But jokes aside, buddy-reading The Other Side of the Sky was the BEST reading experience! I’m so glad we got to share in this amazingly atmospheric world! 100% buddy reading the sequel with you next year!!! 💙

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