Otherbound

Otherbound

by Corinne Duyvis

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Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis


Nolan doesn't see darkness when he closes his eyes. Instead, he’s transported into the mind of Amara, a girl living in a different world. Nolan’s life in his small Arizona town is full of history tests, family tension, and laundry; his parents think he has epilepsy, judging from his frequent blackouts. Amara’s world is full of magic and danger--she’s a mute servant girl who’s tasked with protecting a renegade princess. Nolan is only an observer in Amara's world--until he learns to control her. At first, Amara is terrified. Then, she's furious. But to keep the princess--and themselves--alive, they'll have to work together and discover the truth behind their connection.
A fascinating premise, clearly and compellingly written and imagined by a startlingly original debut writer.

Praise for Otherbound
FOUR STARRED REVIEWS
"Original and compelling; a stunning debut."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Numerous plot twists drive the story along, and it’s grounded in worldbuilding that creates a believable, authentic setting. Duyvis makes ingenious use of a fascinating premise."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"While Duyvis’s debut is an exciting take on the fantasy genre, as it alternates between our world and that of the Dunelands, the true strength of the novel is in its positive portrayal of LGBT issues."
--School Library Journal, starred review

"Fantasy and speculative fiction fans will no doubt enjoy the ride, while authors should take note—this is how you do fantasy in a global world."
--The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books, starred review

"Duyvis creates a humdinger of an adventure that contains the agony of loyalty, the allure of magic, and, most gratifyingly, the element of surprise."
--The Horn Book Magazine

"Debut author Duyvis has written a nice twist on the classic bodysnatchers theme and keeps the pace moving smoothly, even when jumping between Nolan’s and Amara’s perspectives. Her racially diverse characters struggle with both disabilities and sexual identity, but she keeps her focus solidly on the story and character development so that diversity integrates naturally into both Nolan’s and Amara’s experiences."
--Booklist


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419709289
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author


Corinne Duyvis is a novelist and short story writer. She’s a graduate of the Clarion West writer’s workshop and lives in Amsterdam. Visit her online at corinneduyvis.net.

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Otherbound 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has it all. I was in love with everything this book threw at me. I'm that person that's always searching for a book that has a multitude of character representations. From skin color to sexualities to disabilities. I was so captivated by the authors ability to weave such a complicated story. If you're into stories about survival and strength, this is the book for you. Its my new favorite.
MeredithMcP More than 1 year ago
This book is unlike anything I've ever read. It blew me away. It's wildly creative and set in one of the most richly imagined worlds I've ever encountered. Seriously, the world building in this book is just mind-blowing. Without giving anything away, I'll just say that this book is dark and twisty, and I recommend it to anyone.
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
Gah, this was so good. Not at all my usual type of read, and I'll cop to having the occasional "Wha?" moment because my brain is bad at fantasy, but everything from the world, to the pacing, to the characters, to the incredibly intriguing and unique premise won me over so, so hard. I think I was literally on page, like, 7 when I turned to my husband and said THIS IS SO INTERESTING ALREADY. And...that never stopped. Seriously great, well-written, emotional read. (Plus all kinds of diversity in the characters = major bonus points.)
Anonymous 5 months ago
Nolan has been an observer for most of his life. No, not in the sense of "some people are leaders and some people are followers" but in that since he was young, he's watched a whole other world through someone else's eyes every time he shuts his eyes. His parents and doctors believe they're hallucinations because of his seizures, but Nolan knows better. Nolan knows that what he sees are real and the girl, who's life he's recorded in countless journals, is real and has a terrible life. Amara has a terrible life. She's a servant who was picked to protect the runaway Princess of Alieana, Cilla, after a coup. Not only is Cilla being pursued by mages who want her dead, but a curse makes Cilla in danger if she gets even the smallest cut. That's were Amara comes in, who has healing magic and is therefore able to keep Cilla alive. She has no idea a boy named Nolan is looking through her eyes nearly every moment of her life. Really, all I knew when I picked up this book was someone was bisexual. That's about it, and oh boy is there ever more to the story and man was I ever blown away by it. First, the characters, who just felt so human, acting impulsively, acting scared, acting only in their best interest and learning from that. It's so engaging, I didn't realize i had read about 200 pages until I was forced to stop. I was very much on my toes for most of the text. Similarly, the consequences for characters actions were shown. For example, if Nolan focused too much on Amaras world, his parents would grow suspicious of his behavior. That's the best non-spoilery example but the trend continues and that's why I feel the book does tension fantastically. Not only are you worried about what's happening in the cool fantasy world, you're also worried what's gonna happen with Nolan once he gets out of Amaras head. The world building is really well done as well. There are different races of humans! Who are not all white! I'm a fantasy novel!!! What are the odds?! (That's meant both in praise of the author for not making her only diverse parts of the fantasy world be nonhumans and sarcasm at the general fantasy genre).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book could be fleshed out so much better. The main premise of the book, which accompanies the last 100 pages, is good and interesting but there are no explanations or descriptions of anything. The characters are a jumbled mess and confusing and there are way too many things happening in the short 300 pages or so of this book.
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BlowPop More than 1 year ago
So yeah. I liked this book but it also made me uncomfortable. Especially when it came to issues of disability and bodily autonomy. A lot of which I voiced in last night's #BiYABooks twitter chat. I'm going to try to expand on a few things I mentioned explicitly in my tweets. I really didn't like that it took half the book (maybe a bit more or less, not sure on that at the moment) for Amara to show more than just confusion over her feelings towards Cilla. I understand why of course but understanding doesn't mean I'll like it any more. And the ending. It was both too abrupt and too ambiguous to say 100% that it was a happily ever after ending. All in all though, it was a pretty good book. That I'd definitely recommend. Full review can be found here: https://blowpopsbooks.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/review-otherbound/
AvaJae More than 1 year ago
I always love when I read a book from a nice person on Twitter and it turns out that along with being really super nice, they’re actually totally awesome at the whole book-writing thing, too. OTHERBOUND by Corinne Duyvis is one of those examples. So I began reading OTHERBOUND thinking it would be a cool fantasy story with a diverse cast and an interesting premise. I was right, but wow, I didn’t realize how impressive this book would be. The world building and magic system alone makes the unique world of OTHERBOUND so very interesting—I’ve never seen a magic system quite like what Duyvis put together in Nolan and Amara’s intertwined worlds, and it was totally refreshing to see a fantasy world where there are consequences to magic use (can you say FINALLY?). Combined with the intricate details of the cultures (yes! more than one! thank you again!) and norms of Amara’s world and the totally fascinating epilepsy-not-really-epilepsy-like attacks Nolan gets in his reality when slipping into Amara’s world, and it all makes for one really interesting story. I will say that there were some aspects of Amara’s world that confused me and/or I had trouble grasping, but all in all, the world building was really well done and I totally admire the way Duyvis wrote Nolan and Amara’s worlds. Oh, and have I mentioned the diverse characters? This made me so happy. Nolan is a latino amputee with “epilepsy” (and even though we know it’s not epilepsy, the way Amara’s world affects him in a way that totally breaks your heart) and Amara is a mute bisexual girl. Not only that, but the full cast beyond the protagonists are so very diverse and it really was an extra bonus in an already fabulous book. I totally recommend this book to those who enjoy YA Fantasy, and I look forward to more books from Duyvis!
BooksAplenty More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the premise of Otherbound. I love reading the worlds that authors create, and in this book Corinne Duyvis had to create TWO vastly different worlds. I was eager to see how she would manage the switching back and forth between worlds, and if it would be confusing as the reader. The short answer is that the switching between worlds was smooth and easy to follow, but the world development had a few holes. This is an ambitious story and it starts off slowly to accommodate for all the complications of dual world-development. I found it a bit confusing in the first 100 pages - not because the worlds were switching back and forth, but because Amara's fantasy world had so many darn people, places, and culture names that I just couldn't keep track of them all. Corinne Duyvis dumps you right into the action, so the reader has to get their bearings, while also following plot. This is difficult because there are 2 sets of characters, 2 sets of places, and 2 plots to follow. Since I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher (in exchange for an honest review), my version did not have a map to help me sort out all these things. After the first 100 pages, though, Otherbound became a real page-turner. I even read the last 150 pages in one sitting. There were lots of plot twists - they were perfectly timed and sufficiently shocking. Some were downright terrifying! The writing was so vivid in sections that I literally held my breath and squeezed the book tightly through some of the more tense scenes. I initially rated Otherbound a 3.5 because of the slow, confusing start. However, I'm going to bump it up to 4 since the published version includes a map that will DEFINITELY help readers sort out the many names, places, and cultures.
weetara More than 1 year ago
Wow. Where to begin when discussing this book? It's part fantasy, part contemporary, and with the possession-of-other-people's-bodies element, I'd even say it could claim to be part horror. It's got real-feeling characters of many ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities/disabilities. It's got beautiful, evocatively descriptive passages as well as sections full of action and revelations that had me flipping pages with bated breath. In short, this book has one of the more original and creative concepts I've encountered in some time, and is backed up all the way through with terrific writing. I think that teens looking for something different in the world of YA fantasy are really going to embrace it.