I can’t tell you how much it thrills me as a numbers nerd to have a date like 22-02-2022, and I figured with all the twos, what better time to talk duologies?! Today in my book stack I have two Aussie YA duologies – one I’ve read and loved, and another that I am halfway through (and loving!) and hoping to finish soon – find out more about each below! (I’m just going to share the synopsis for the first book in each series because spoilers!)
HIVE/ROGUE by A.J. Betts
I read this series as the books came out and I loved them so much! You can check out my review of HIVE here. I felt like Betts created such a great dystopian world, and I found both books super satisfying. Here is the synopsis for HIVE…
Hayley tends to her bees and follows the rules in the only world she has ever known.
Until she witnesses the impossible: a drip from the ceiling.
A drip? It doesn’t make sense.
Yet she hears it, catches it. Tastes it.
Curiosity is a hook.
What starts as a drip leads to a lie, a death, a boy, a beast, and too many awful questions.
The Other Side of the Sky / Beyond the End of the World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
I picked up
last year when it was on the Aurealis entry list for best YA novel, andI thought it was really fun. I know Kaufman co-writes with different authors, but I feel like her work always has a kind of polished deliberate intelligence to it that I really get along with, and this book was no exception. This has a great mix of sci-fi and fantasy, along with some great YA snark, maybe some romance, and a cat (what more could you want?). I’m really hoping to pick up the second book soon!
The Other Side of the Sky
Prince North’s home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate unknown technology. But North believes his sky island is sinking. Its engines are failing, and the key to saving his home is to venture to the place the engines were first created.
Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the surface, responsible for providing answers, direction – hope. But in the midst of the surface’s worst crisis yet, a mist that spreads madness and poison, doubts have arisen among the people about Nimh’s divinity. She must find a way to manifest her power – before she is overthrown, and all is lost.
North’s and Nimh’s lives are entwined – though their hearts can never be. Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between duty and fate, they must choose to either save their people, or succumb to the bond that is forbidden to them.
Let me know if you have read these or plan to pick them up!