The Glass Sentence

The Mapmakers Trilogy, #1

The Glass Sentence is a truly fascinating story. The premise of a world fractured into different times is an exciting one. The book is the beginning of a series aimed at middle school aged kids. I did have my 12 year old read it to get a kid's perspective. Both of us were intrigued by the world created by the author. It is vividly described and completely captivating.

Just process of making the maps is incredible. I did find the beginning to be a bit confusing and a lot of information is thrown at the reader.

The characters of Sophia and Theo are interesting and well thought out. Uncle Shadrack is quirky and there are some very strange secondary characters. My son seemed to take the early confusion in stride and by the end of the book was hooked. He is eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I will probably read it too. I can honestly say that I would love an adult version set in the world.

The world was fractured by the Great Disruption of 1799. Each continent is now in a different time period. Mapmakers try to map the world and bring some order. Sophia's parents were lost on one such mapping expedition and she was left with her Uncle. When he is kidnapped, Sophia and Theo set out to rescue him. Their adventure will take them through many dangers.

Book Blurb for The Glass Sentence

?Not since Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass have I seen such an original and compelling world built inside a book.”?Megan Whalen Turner, New York Times best-selling author of A Conspiracy of Kings

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.

Age Range: 10 and up / Grade Level: 5 and up

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2014 4.50