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The Other Side of the Sky

(The Other Side of the Sky #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,524 ratings  ·  628 reviews
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 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
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by HarperTeen
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Joy Heath This book was similar to Aurora Rising in style, but certainly not the same. Aurora Rising did have jokes that I considered to be immature (and entert…moreThis book was similar to Aurora Rising in style, but certainly not the same. Aurora Rising did have jokes that I considered to be immature (and entertaining nonetheless), but I haven't seen much of this in The Other Side of the Sky. It's more complex and mature within the writing, while still holding that wonderful imagery Amie Kaufman uses in her books.(less)

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Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wow. its been a long time since ive read a book with such vivid imagery. i saw a review that compared the style to miyazaki and i completely agree.

plus, the seamless blend of sci-fi and fantasy, technology and magic, science and belief is just *chefs kiss*! its a really great balance and adds a lot of dimension to the story, not to mention interesting developments/growth for the characters.

this does end on a mild cliffhanger, so be warned. but the story is set up for a really exciting sequel,
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
I’m choking on the level of sheer awesomeness this premise exudes


my ghibli stans where u at

*okay the Miyazaki comp is no longer in the blurb but I remember and won't forget
Feb 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I don't need a cover or even a full synopsis.
I'm a simple girl - I see Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner, I need it.

edit: there’s a cover and I need this book even more now. Is it September yet?
C.G. Drews
This is a story of survival and contrasts, culture clashes and secrets. It has such a fascinating mix of technology and magic (I thought it was sci-fi at first, but I think it's just epic fantasy?!) with a city in the sky and a city down below -- and neither acknowledging the other exists. Until a boy crashes his plane below and finds this whole other world on the brink of destruction and a goddess with missing magical powers trying to save them all.

I really loved Kaufman and Spooner's first tri
Jun 21, 2018 marked it as to-read
April (Aprilius Maximus)
"I believe the prophecy brought us together. North, this is our destiny."

representation: chronic illness, queer characters and relationships (f/f, m/m/f), both MC's described as having brown skin.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


This was so good! I would describe it as being both a fantasy AND a sci-fi wrapped into one! We follow our female main character Nimh who lives on the ground, which reads like a fantasy world as there is magic a
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-favorites
I enjoyed this, and heres why. Nimh, is a goddess to her people in the world below. North, is a Prince from the clouds above. The two meet in a moment of destiny that instantly collides both their worlds. Swoon right? 😏💗

This story, though slow to start, richly explores Nimhs world, and those that worship her as 'The Divine One', as well as those who secretly oppose her. Her aspect (Or Magic, she will eventually bring to her people) keeps those around her faithful, and others suspicious of her Di
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2021
An interesting start to another series by this prolific author. I am struggling to keep up and to remember which series is which, but I am not complaining!

The story is told in alternating chapters by the two main characters, Nimh who lives on the ground and North whose home is in a city in the sky. They have nothing in common and everything is stacked against them but, in the manner of the best romances, they fall in love anyway.

The world building is excellent and Kaufman draws a great picture o
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So, I don't know why I'm surprised by how much I liked this, because I requested it solely as a result of the author names, without knowing (or caring) about what the plot would be, but oh wow did I really really like this. Also, yes, I went in to this totally unaware of the summary even after I was approved for the ARC, no one is surprised.

This is nothing like either of the authors' work before as solo writers or partners and I actually found everything about the story, in general, to be so int
Mara YA Mood Reader
2/10/2020: Idek what I think of this cover...the scepter thing, dude’s 2019 haircut, the cat....the cat (?) 👀

Jan 3, 2020:A prince of a hi-tech sky city and a goddess from an ancient land ruled by magic???!! Kaufman and Spooner?!!! Duology??!!! I. Am. There.
Maggie ☘
Jul 24, 2018 marked it as tbr-highly-interested
FOR FANS OF THE 100??!!!! (if they mean the tv show tho) REALLY HOPE THAT'S NOT JUST FOR MARKETING. 'CAUSE EVER SINCE I STARTED WATCHING TGHE SHOW I THOUGHT I'D LOVE TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE IT IN A BOOK FORM. !!!!!!!!!! (sci-fi, survival, wars, bloodshed, kick ass females, moral greyness all around..) ...more
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Laura ☾
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The other Side of The Sky actually really surprised me, and I absolutely loved it!

Ablend of sci/fi and fantasy, where here are two parallel societies - one on the ground and one in the sky. Once all lived on the earth's surface, but some fled with mechanically powered islands into the sky when the ground started to become poisoned by a 'mist' . Society in the sky developed with technology, while the society on the ground developed with magic. The society on the ground think those in the sky are
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: releases-2020
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars

OH MY GODDDD! This was absolutely incredible!

rachel ☾
i honestly can’t believe how much i loved that... but it’s 1am on a random thursday and i couldn’t stop myself from finishing it in one sitting

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Ugh, cliffhangers man! Now I have to wait until next year? Ugh, I hate life.

The Other Side of the Sky was such a fun book to dive into! In it, you will meet North and Nimh. He is a prince from the Sky realm and she isn't. She is more divine on the ground. So I was giddy with excitement for these two to meet. Once they did, ugh, I couldn't help but ship them.

Both characters were extremely likable to me and I really enjoyed watching them grow throughout the book as well. I mean, it just had to ha
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ahhh I liked it a lot but it also made me so sad T_T

Unsurprisingly, two authors means two viewpoints, so the story is told by Nimh and North through alternating chapters. Nimh is the 'living divine', essentially considered a goddess of her people. She's had a prophetic dream which she's off to fulfil. Meanwhile, above the clouds of Nimh's home, North is a prince who believes the sinking of their cloud islands (though debatable) is a good reason for them to explore 'Below', the land their an
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Sep 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
I think it goes without saying that I will read anything by Amie Kaufman.
Okay, I knew since this was the first book in a series that the ending might be a bit abrupt. But I was NOT prepared for that cliffhanger! Can't wait to read more about Nimh and North, I really loved what they did with the clash between technology and magic- very unusual world building! ...more
Jun 21, 2018 marked it as wish-list
Miyazaki-inspired *AND* The 100?!


ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
I'm a simple girl: I see the words Hayao Miyazaki and I add it to my TBR.:D ...more
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
i need more young adult thriller books in my library and amie kaufman owes me for the disaster that is aurora rising
Sep 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF after like 100 pages?
life is too short to waste on books you don't give a shit about.
too boring made me want to sleep, also I couldn't care less about the two MC's and their confusing world.
4.25 out of 5 stars.

I'm honestly still shocked by the fact of how underhyped and underrated this book is. I recommend this book to everyone. Go read it people, you're going to love it!!!!!!!!!

I don't usually give the first book of a series a high rating, but this book deserved it.

Alright, I want to do a 'Story Time' too, because why not.

Before even seeing the title of this book I already added it to my tbr-list, because it's written by one of my favorite duo authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
Update: we have a COVER and it's beautiful 💖
Ok but how come I didn't know about this?!? AMIE KAUFMAN and MEAGAN SPOONER and THE 100 OMG OMG!!
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 th
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2020
Thank you to Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Nimh is the goddess of the Below, but as the years have passed without her divine power being revealed, there are those who have started to doubt her. She is convinced though, that a vision she has experienced is the answer to everything.
North is a prince, living in the cities in the sky. The sky people have always been told nothing lives on the world below and to journey there is a suicide mi
Wonderfully woven story from these two authors. Fantastic characters and two well developed different worlds. Two people from different worlds one tech world one magic world and the two struggle with believing in each other. Stuff happens. evil comes, battles happen, lives lost, goddesses lost it's all left on a cliffhanger. This beek spent a lot of time in the magic world I think the next might be more tech world based. I'm really looking forward to continuing with this series ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full review on my Blog.

Up versus down, future future past, technology versus magic. What happens when two realities crash together? In this phenomenal first installment of a new series, two different worlds meet.

I was ready to dive into a Medieval like world, but instead I was given drones, 3D stamps and a lot of things that made me think more of future than of past. Plot was interesting, not completely original (boy meets girl of another world), being the first book, it was not all laid down,
Steff Fox
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I honestly haven't been this disappointed in a book I was extremely excited for in so long. The Other Side of the Sky disappointed me so much, in fact, that I'm kind of angry I wasted time reading it. This book had such a brilliant premise, too. Which is why it kind of kills me that I spent half my time with it massively annoyed. I'll give Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner this much: their characters are very realistic. I just couldn't stand how stupid the majorit
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Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and daughter, their rescue dog, ...more

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“„It's not magic,” I say. „It's science. Science means you can explain it, that you know how each part of it works. Magic is – I mean, it's science you haven't figured out how to explain yet.”
„I can explain my magic,” Nimh replies. „And you just said you could not explain your engines.”
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