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A seventeen-year-old boy finds that every time he closes his eyes, he's drawn into the body of a mute servant girl from another world--a world that's growing increasingly more dangerous, and where many things are not as they seem.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9781419709289
1419709283
Characteristics: 391 pages : map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Other-bound
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Everyone thinks Nolan has epilepsy, but when he blacks out, he is transported to another world through the eyes of Amara, mute protector of a rebel princess. Amara has no idea Nolan is watching—until he finds out he can control her. With enemy forces closing in, can the two work together to save ... Read More »


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Sgordano Apr 23, 2019

I was drawn to this book as an epileptic former YA librarian; any book that has a character involving seizures (real or otherwise) immediately draws me. From the outset descriptions of the book, I was wondering if the author was incorporating ecstatic epileptic episodes or if it was just a paranormal world. It obviously turns out to be the latter, but to me in a dissatisfying fashion; we never get a real explanation as to how Nolan or any of the other "travelers" get there in the first place after the spell is broken and they all return. That is probably my primary issue with this novel- the premise is interesting enough and I can suspend reality, but despite in depth character colorization we don't get the real flesh of the story. Yes, this is happening, but how and why? Is there a common thread between the travelers? Some common criteria?

I feel like there was definite undeveloped potential here, but nonetheless it's an interesting enough story for anyone with the fantasy slant and perhaps doesn't want to feel roped into a series.

ArapahoeBridget Aug 24, 2016

A unique portal fantasy. There are some serious themes in this book, from violent abuse to dealing with a magically caused disability to political persecution, but the characters and story are so well drawn that the book doesn't feel mired in issues. I particularly loved Nolan's family!

ChristchurchLib Sep 01, 2014

"Lots of people might wonder what it's like to see the world through someone else's eyes, but Arizona teen Nolan doesn't have a choice: when he closes his eyes, he experiences life as Amara, a mute slave girl living in the magical Dunelands. Nolan's doctors diagnose him with epilepsy, but his seizures are actually caused by Amara's agony as she shields the fugitive princess Cilla from a painful curse. After a new medication allows Nolan to influence Amara's actions, new possibilities are revealed in both worlds. Fantasy fans who appreciate diverse, authentic characters and creative world-building should definitely pick up this unconventional debut." Teen Scene September 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/8c5d2fc3-2dbd-444e-9fcf-6538111b2bb0?postId=483ea93a-652f-4637-834d-a7fa6c6b6cd9

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