The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

“She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.  Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here, and I’m fully back in the swing of things when it comes to reading! Have two new reviews coming up, this one, and my own review of a book Allison reviewed herself! Hope you guys enjoy!

Make of time what you want.”

Stars (Out of 10): 8.5/10

Overall Thoughts: I loved this book. I loved the idea of this book, of separated ages spread across the world, of time being much less of a rigid thing. I loved the way the story flowed, even though it traveled between ages. The characters were so different, but clicked together perfectly. And all the twists caught me off-guard, which are definitely my favorite kinds of twists. Overall, a great read, and I definitely recommend it!

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Good: I loved so many things about this book. The story idea already intrigued me so much, and the way the author wrote it was amazing. The world building was definitely my favorite part, as how the Ages coexisted with each other was such a tough thing to do properly, but the way it was done was perfect. I loved reading the history and culture of each Age, and how that then affected the other Ages and their peoples.

The Bad: The book did drag at some points, especially near the beginning as it built up. This is definitely understandable, but made it hard to continue at some points.

The Characters: These were amazing. Almost no one was perfect, and yet everyone was interesting. We did not have the villain be inherently bad, nor the heroes be overly good. It was a perfect balance that added to a perfect conflict. The relationship between Theo and Sophia was definitely a rocky one, but one that made perfect sense. All the conflicts between characters seemed to be realistic as well, which added to how “absorbed” I was in the book.

The Plot: While I felt it was a bit slow at first, it completely picked up near beginning of Part 3, and kept me completely enraptured for the rest of the book. And all those twists! From the small twist Theo having a Mark of Iron, to Blanca being a Lacrima and the maps being about Sophia, I was shocked at every turn, and loved it! Definitely the best presentation of this story idea I could’ve thought of!

The World Building: This was absolutely phenomenal. The plot of the story made this task much harder, as not only did one world/Age have to be built, but millions of others. And on top of that, they all had to fit together! I thought the author did this phenomenally, spending enough time describing the culture and history of each Age without overdoing it, and I always felt like the world made sense.

The Favorite Character: I loved Calixta!

Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Buy it! (The hardcover is beautiful!!!)

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