If I’m being totally honest, I knew next to nothing about this book when I first picked it up. In fact, it was a total cover buy when it was released earlier this year 😂 The synopsis definitely sounded like my cup of tea, though, so NO REGRETS. I actually ended up really enjoying this book and I can’t wait for the sequel!
The Cerulean by Amy Ewing
(The Cerulean #1)
Hardcover | 496 pages | Purchased
Sera has always felt as if she didn’t quite belong among her people, the Cerulean, who live in the City Above the Sky. She is curious about everything – especially the planet that her city is magically tethered to – and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, and even the High Priestess.
Sera has longed for the day when the tether will finally break and the Cerulean can move to a new planet. But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice required to break the tether, she feels betrayed by everything she’s been taught to trust. In order to save her city, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life.
But something goes wrong and Sera survives the fall, landing on the planet below in a place called Kaolin. Sera has heard tales about humans, and she quickly learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of were not just stories.
Meanwhile, back in the City, all is not what it seems, and the life of every Cerulean may be threatened if Sera is not able to find her way home.
So the Cerulean as a whole are fascinating. Their race is comprised entirely of women. Everyone has a calling, from tending crops to giving birth. They fall in love and get married in threes, with each of them being assigned a colour that defines their role within the relationship. They don’t need men to impregnate them, but they can only have one child at a time, and only during a birthing season. And on top of all that, their blood is filled with magic. They’re pretty damn interesting, in all honesty 😂
Not only that, but the whole concept for the City Above the Sky is intriguing. The Cerulean live on a floating island that is attached to a planet by a tether of magic. Long ago, the City would move on every few years, adopting new cultures and languages, but it’s been 900 years since they last moved, and nobody really understands why. Sera has always dreamed about moving to a new planet. But when the Choosing Ceremony comes around for the first time in almost a millennium, it’s Sera that’s chosen to leap to her death, sacrificing herself for the good of the Cerulean.
Since the Cerulean are all women, none of them have ever even seen a male. What’s normal in their city is women falling in love and having children together. But Sera knows there’s something different about her. She doesn’t feel attraction to any of the Cerulean, and she’s been lying about it her entire life. For some reason, it bothers me that she ended up falling in love with a human boy. I really wish she was either on the ace spectrum, or fell for a human girl instead. I don’t know why that pissed me off so much, but hey, you can’t win them all.
Despite what the synopsis might have you believe, this isn’t Sera’s story alone. This book is split into multiple parts, with the first section being purely about the Cerulean and Sera’s sacrifice. But then we have about 50 pages where Sera doesn’t feature at all. From there on, the chapters alternate between Sera, Agnes, and Leo’s points of view, with Sera’s best friend Leela featuring later in the story. This is a very character driven book, there’s no denying that, and the writing is stunning. The way Amy Ewing managed to weave together all these characters was pretty flawless, and I genuinely loved each and every one of them.
This book focuses heavily on themes like betrayal, acceptance, and trust, as well as many more. While not a lot may happen in terms of action, there’s somewhat of an adventurous feel to it, and the character development and world building are just breathtakingly well done. I have no doubts this was book setting up for an explosive finale, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!