Halinah is the granddaughter of the famous man that discovered a civilization on the moon. (Very cool!) But she hates how her people have exploited and subjugated the natives. To avoid marriage she takes a job on the moon. Her and the native Yajiv hit it off right away. They start a sweet relationship that’s soon invaded by her jilted fiancé who still insists their getting married and a struggle for equality on the moon.
I really liked this book. Halinah was adorable and sweet. I really liked how she wasn’t snobby like the rest of her family. Yajiv was kind and quiet. He felt awkward and less of a man with most of her kind but together they found the balance between their species. The world the author created was unique. That story in the beginning about her grandfather was beautiful! I wish there had been more exploration and details. Which lead to my only real complaint, the story was rushed. I think a longer story would have really bumped this up to 5 stars. As is, the book is a solid, fantastic 4 stars. A few editing issues but nothing major (me instead of be, ate instead of at, ect).
The World Above is a fantastic introduction to a new author I’ll be keeping an eye out for. I highly recommend you give The World Above a read!