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The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult, lgbtqiap, arc, buddy-reads, read-in-2019, f-f, filipino, blog-tour


ARC gifted to me by Olivia! Thank you!

“When the dead find words, the goddess and the Devoted son will meet atop a fish not a fish, on a sea not a sea. It is she who travels to the endless Abyss, and it is he who guides her.”

It’s no secret that Rin Chuepco is one of my favorite authors of all time. I have supported and loved every book I’ve picked up by them, but I was still apprehensive how they were going to top The Bone Witch Trilogy, which is one of my favorite series of all time, but friends, The Never Tilting World might be my new favorite Rin Chupeco book. And this was such a perfect start to this duology.

This book was originally pitched to me as Mad Max meets Frozen, and even though that sounds like the wildest of comparisons, it totally is true. The world of Aeon is separated into two cities after “the breaking”. Two goddesses have raised these two girls, while keeping secrets and never allowing them to know that they are twins and that their sibling is alive. Yet, monsters are breaching both shores

Two Dying Cities:
Aranth - Never ending night, cold, and frozen everything.
The Golden City Never ending day, heat, and chaos.

Two Powerful Girls:
Haidee - Has a love for mechanical engineering and is expected to marry soon.
Odessa - Lesbian, chronically ill, and I will protect at all costs.

Two Traveling Companions:
Arjun - Disabled (missing a hand), a rogue rebel, and likes Haidee.
Lan - Bi, has PTSD, healer and bodyguard for Odessa. (Also, best library meet-cute ever!)

Honestly, Lan is probably my favorite character and seeing their journey to love and heal was really so beautiful that it makes me cry just thinking about it. Truly one of the best fictional characters I’ve had the pleasure to read about in a really long while. Rin also always gives their readers the best romances, and this book was no different. I was in love with both romantic subplots in this book, but Lan and Odessa’s f/f relationship meant everything to me (who is surprised?). Also, Rin confirmed they are Gryffindor and Slytherin and *chef kiss* you all know that’s the best pairing. But Haidee and Arjun are the best Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw m/f to probably ever exist, too.

But both of these two pairings go off on separate journeys, trying to uncover secrets that have been hidden from them their whole lives, while also willing to do anything to save their people.

This book is for sure a metaphor for how the time is truly ticking until our own world becomes uninhabitable, while we all live in opposite ends of the spectrum of constant day and night. There are monsters in this book, but the most terrifying aspect is the waters rising too fast and the ice coming in too quickly, which threaten to erase an entire city. While another city cannot provide for their people because nothing will grow, therefore they have to be sealed away hoping to gain more time before everything dies. Rin also always celebrates the Filipino culture in all of their books with all their themes. Also, I always view all of Rin’s characters as Asian, unless stated otherwise.

“We’re chasing a dying sea under an endless sun that kills us with a thousand little cuts every day. There’ll be nothing left soon. Nothing but sand and bone.”

This story also is truly a love letter to womanhood, motherhood, and sisterhood, and how those powerful bonds can scare men. The feminist undertone is constant in this story, and the parallels to our world is also impossible to not see. Again, the world doesn’t deserve Rin Chupeco and their stories, and please protect them at all costs.

“A demoness is what they call a goddess that men cannot control.”

I will say that I know this magic system, world, and world building isn’t going to be for everyone. Just like Rin’s other works, people are going to say that it is too complex and the learning curve is too steep, and that’s valid. I will be the first to say that I always just feel instantly connected to Rin’s work and their stories, but I know that is not the case for everyone, so here is your warning.

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The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.

Content and Trigger Warnings: PTSD depiction, violence, gore, mention of sexual assault, talk of death, and war themes.

Buddy read with Alexa! ❤ (This buddy read meant so very much to me and I just really love Alexa so much and I’m so thankful for her friendship and her voice!)

And thank you so much Shealea for putting this amazing blog tour together! (You’re the best, bb!) ❤
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Reading Progress

May 7, 2018 – Shelved
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
May 7, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult
February 7, 2019 – Shelved as: lgbtqiap
April 10, 2019 – Shelved as: arc
September 9, 2019 – Started Reading
September 9, 2019 – Shelved as: buddy-reads
September 9, 2019 – Shelved as: read-in-2019
September 14, 2019 – Finished Reading
July 14, 2020 – Shelved as: f-f
July 14, 2020 – Shelved as: filipino
July 24, 2020 – Shelved as: blog-tour

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message 1: by Lynsie (new) - added it

Lynsie that description sounds awesome


Melanie Lynsie wrote: "that description sounds awesome"

Right? Ahhh! My prayers have truly been answered, hahah! 💖xx


Lance Rin Chupeco is really BLESSING us in 2019! I''m ready for her to snatch my wig and WALLET. Have you seen her announcement for her other series coming in 2020? It has a Filipino protagonist descended from Maria Makiling and has a world based on the idea of fairy tales being actual historical events! I'm so hyped for both of these.


The Artisan Geek I am so here for this!!! My mind is ready.


TheYALibrarian Mine just got approved by Edelweiss so stoked!!


message 6: by J.A. (new) - added it

J.A. Ironside Just got an arc too 😁💖


Ceciley This is the first time I've seen the cover, it's just gorgeous!


message 8: by LiteraryxLisa (new)

LiteraryxLisa This cover, STUNNING!


message 9: by Jenny (new)

Jenny This is one of my most anticipated books of the year!


message 10: by Sohail (new)

Sohail Azmie Brilliant.


Tucker  (TuckerTheReader) Literally started cackling at the picture of jimin (right?) just sitting there


Aoife - Bookish_Babbling I've heard you speak so often about Rin Chupeco but have yet to read any of their books, this sounds like a fun place to start :)


message 13: by Amanda (new) - added it

Amanda Wow, this sounds sooooo goood!


message 14: by ekin (new)

ekin lol literally the LAST place i thought i would see a photo of jimin yet here we are.


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