cover image The Never Tilting World

The Never Tilting World

Rin Chupeco. HarperTeen, $17.99 (496p) ISBN 978-0-06-282179-9

Generations of Aeon’s twin goddesses have appeased the Great Mother with a ritual that sacrifices one sister and enthrones the other. None has failed to complete the rite—until 17 years ago, when both Latona and Asteria survived. An abyss opened, dividing them, and planetary rotation ceased. Now, Latona’s hemisphere bakes in perpetual sunshine, while Asteria’s freezes in eternal darkness. The site of the Breaking reportedly also holds the magic to repair it, so Latona’s daughter, Haidee, and Asteria’s daughter, Odessa, embark on perilous treks toward the breach, as forces seem determined to unite them. The first in a planned duology, this rich fantasy from Chupeco (the Bone Witch trilogy) spotlights power’s corruptive influence, love’s redemptive nature, and the urgent concerns of climate change. Although complex worldbuilding occasionally eclipses character and plot, the tale’s scope and creativity astound. Gay and straight romances add additional intrigue, while four intertwining first-person narratives confer immediacy and depth. Ages 14–up. [em](Oct.) [/em]