“Otherbound” is, undoubtedly, a very unique novel. It is a YA fantasy novel, told from two perspectives – one is a disabled boy in our world and another is a disabled girl in a fantasy world. Whenever Nolan blinks, he is not Nolan, but Amara – a mute girl servant who has to protect the cursed princess. Because Nolan can’t quite literary close his eyes even for a second, unless Amara is asleep, he is considered to be epileptic, as he is constantly sucked into a different reality.
This book has two very diverse protagonists who have to deal with a lot of hardships in their lives. They are connected in some inconceivable way, which is very disruptive for their lives. They want nothing more but to be rid of this link. But when they try to do it, something goes wrong.
I don’t want to say much about the plot as I might give something away.
I liked the book although the jerky narrative sometimes made it a bit difficult for me to get into. I really tried to like Amara, but she seemed too volitive and unpredictable for me. I liked Nolan way better, and I found his perspective to be more engaging, even though I did love Amara’s world and their system of magic. I disliked Nolan’s parents though, even though they were trying really hard.
I can’t say much about the princess as I tried liking her and failed. But the plot line surrounding her is really well done.
Overall, it was a very pleasurable read. Not something that I would like to read again, but definitely a book that deserves attention. I had a bit of an issue with the way the plot was wrapped up at the end, but I want to give the author kudos for keeping me on my toes till the very end.
Personal rating: 4 stars