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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Other Side of the Sky mixes magic and science and offers the chance to discuss destiny and free will.
It's possible to respect both science and religion.
Positive Role Models
Nimh and North are multifaceted characters, she convinced of her own divinity, he a believer in science and technology. Both are brave, inventive, and passionate about their homelands. They feel a physical attraction, but believe that they must never touch. (North previously wanted to establish a three-way polyamorous relationship with another male and female.)
Violence & Scariness
In general, the novel does not overemphasize violence. The leader of a cult attacks Nimh and her allies, killing someone close to her. A cultist commits suicide by stabbing himself. There is a climactic battle, in which someone is impaled.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
North and Nimh are told that she will lose her magic if they even touch. They think about romance and intimacy, but they make no contact. North previously wanted to explore a polyamorous relationship with two other friends.
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Very little swearing: "hell" and "damn" two or three times.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Other Side of the Sky is a science fiction/fantasy novel by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner, authors of Unearthed. North and Nimh seek a way for him to return to his home in the sky and fulfill a prophesy about the end of the world. The pair is forbidden to even touch. (North was previously interested in pursuing a three-way relationship with another couple.) There's little swearing ("hell" and "damn") and no substance use.
Is It Any Good?
Science and religion sometimes seem in opposition to each other, and this talky sci-fi fantasy raises interesting questions of free will. In The Other Side of the Sky, the main characters, Nimh and North grapple with the consequences of their belief in technology and magic. Co-authors Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner do some fascinating world-building and character work, but their collaboration could be better paced. The first volume of a duology, The Other Side of the Sky ends just as the plot really starts to roll. Most readers will want to continue, but some may drop away.
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