Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club and there will be a giveaway.
The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World #1)
by Rin Chupeco
Release Date: October 15th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn.
Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.
While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.
But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.
It took me a bit longer to get through The Never Tilting World, but I did end up loving it.
There was something called The Breaking seventeen years earlier. It followed a prophecy that I’ll get into more later. The world stopped turning. One area had water, coldness, and darkness. The other area was a dry desert with sunshine and no real water. Some people are born with that are called gates. They have a specialty and are able to see patterns and manifest gates. The Breaking happened at a place called the Great Abyss. Brighthenge was said to be a temple for the goddess and that it stood over then opening to what is hell, The Cruel Kingdom. When the Breaking happened, it let creatures out of the opening and they were mostly dangerous. Inanna made a pact to with the Cruel Kingdom to keep the demons from escaping. But something changed.
In the prophecies, there are always twin goddesses born. They are raised separately until they turn seventeen. One of the goddesses is chosen to rule above and she must kill her twin who will go to the Cruel Kingdom. This happens over and over. We find out quickly that neither twin died at the last Brighthenge ritual, but we don’t know why. Each area is ruled by the living goddess who tells everyone that their sister is dead. This is likely what caused The Breaking, but since neither side knows about the other, they are just confused.
There are four points of view in the book. They go back and forth which could be confusing at times, but I got used to it quickly enough.
Odessa is the daughter of Asteria. They live in the area with water. Odessa has a strange disease, this blackness by her heart, that has to be healed. She is essentially locked up inside and isn’t supposed to leave for her own safety. But she had been sneaking out to visit a bookstore where she met a girl that she was falling in love with.
Lan had recently come back from a trip to The Abyss where everyone else died. She has no idea how she got back. Lan was stood up by a girl she was falling for and didn’t know why. Asteria summoned Lan to come take care of Odessa. Lan was shocked when she realized Odessa was Ame, the girl she was falling in love with.
Lan is sent by Asteria to lead a group to The Great Abyss. Odessa sneaks onto the ship thinking she can help. During this time, Odessa is met by gala’s. They give her a power, but take something in return. We watch Odessa change into a power hungry, mean person.
Haidee was the other goddess’s daughter. I somehow forgot to highlight her name, but I think it was Latona (or something similar to that). Haidee lives in a desert. Her mother created a dome over their city to protect them, but there are groups that live outside the dome. Haidee is compassionate and wants to help everyone, not just the people under the dome. Her mother has set up a party so that Haidee can meet her future husband. Most men quickly realize that Haidee has her own ideas and will not take any crap from a man. She is also a mechanika which her mother hates. Haidee is a history buff and reads everything she can. She sneaks outside the dome and was found by a boy while she was trying to bring a creature back to life.
The boy Haidee meets is Arjun. He’s an orphan that was taken in by Mother Salla and they live underground, only coming out to find food. Arjun has a powerful blue fire that isn’t common. He lost his hand, but is still able to use his fire to increase he strength of his gun. Arjun wants to kill Haidee. He was told that Haidee’s mom killed her twin, Asteria. And Mother Salla was part of Asteria’s Devoted. But there is something about Haidee that makes him pause. Arjun is visited by a mirage. They have never talked before, but this one did. It knew his name and he was told that he needed to go to the Great Abyss with Haidee.
Haidee and Arjun argue all the time, while both are falling for each other. Both groups meet a lot of obstacles on their way. People and creatures die. But neither group will give up on their mission, even though they have no idea what they’ll find and what they need to do.
There is some betrayal. No one knows which twin was supposed to kill the other or what happened. We are left with a lot of questions at the end and I can’t wait to see where the story goes.
Haidee was by far my favorite character. She was brave, intelligent, loved animals, and wanted everyone to live healthy, happy lives.
Warnings for animal/creature deaths, abuse, implied sexual abuse (no details), human deaths/murders, creepy creatures, cannibals, and power corruption.
Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on Goodreads.
Mirages were more than illusions.
But if the choice is between me risking my life and losing you, I’d choose the first.
A demoness is what men call a goddess they cannot control.
“Stop trying to make me your friend,” I growled, not liking how easily she threw the word destined about.
“People don’t think much about the truth when the lies sound more interesting, Your Holiness,” Slyp grunted.
We’re going to literal hell that demons are escaping out of?
Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.
She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speaking in the third person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her here as promptly as she is able to.
Prize: Win a finished copy of THE NEVER TILTING WORLD by Rin Chupeco, character stickers and art prints for all four characters of the NEVER TILTING WORLD (INT)
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