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

Posted January 7, 2022 by Lillian in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book via the publisher, HarperTEEN. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Review: The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerThe Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: The Other Side of the Sky #1
Published by HarperTEEN on 2020-09-08
Length: 479 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:

New York Times bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have crafted a gripping tale of magic and logic, fate and choice, and a deadly love. Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor and Brandon Sanderson.

Prince Northโ€™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, directionโ€”hope.

Northโ€™s and Nimhโ€™s lives are entwinedโ€”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.

Full disclosure: I read this book prior to its release in 2020. I even wrote the review you are about to read right after finishing it…somehow I never posted that review ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ So here it is. Better late than never right ๐Ÿ˜‚

Oh my god! YOU GUYS HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. The Other Side of the Sky is the newest book from author duo Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner and the first in a brand new duology. I devoured this one. The authors take everything I love about fantasy and meld it seamlessly with science fiction. Technology is evenly balanced with magic as is science and religion.

The world building is the basis for this book. Yes there are some interesting characters who you will become invested in, but the world is just fantastic. One world, split into two, the city in the clouds or Alciel and Below. Most of this book takes place in Below. There are so many fascinating creatures and plants to explore, magical mist that will either kill you with a touch or bless you with magical abilities, living gods and ruthless kings. I could write an entire post about just the world and what Spooner and Kaufman have created here, but let’s move on to the story.

North is a boy from Alciel, a prince actually who finds himself crash landing his glider into the Below, with no hope of rescue. He’s been taught that nothing can survive on the surface. That’s why his ancestors devised a way to move their cities to the sky. He’s science minded, extremely smart and yet entirely naive of the dangers he now faces. I love his uncertainty, his trust in Nimh (more on her in a sec), and how he accepts that he may never return to his home. His curiosity about Below aids in us as the reader learning more about the world, their religion, and prophecies.

Nimhara is the living goddess. Since the cities took to the skies, they left a goddess Below to protect them. Nimh is the only goddess in their history to not have some sort of magical ability. But when a shooting star leads her to North’s crash site and subsequently North, Nimh believes that a prophecy spoken for generations is about to come to pass. She promises to help North return home though secretly hopes he will stay. Nimh is a fun character. She is devout in her faith, unable to touch or be touched by anyone. It’s an interesting dynamic, and I loved her bravery and tenacity.

The juxtaposition between North and Nimh drives the plot. North believes in science and Nimh in magic. It creates quite a bit of discord between them while also allowing North to explore her world and see the remnants of his civilization lived out through Nimh’s people. I love that. You see that not everyone died out as North’s people believe and how it changed the course of their history.

Overall I loved The Other Side of the Sky. North and Nimh are fantastic characters and representations of their cultures, how they are similar and different. I loved seeing Below through North’s eyes, and if that ending is any indication, cannot wait to see Alciel in a new light. If you enjoy science fiction, light romance, and a complex world, I highly recommend it.

About 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. To learn about her latest releases or be notified about events and signings in your area, you can sign up for her newsletter at

About Meagan Spooner

Meagan Spooner is the New York Times bestselling author of the Skylark trilogy and the Starbound trilogy.

She 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 with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She's traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, 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.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

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