A spectacular, not to bemissed paperback in the mold of the children s classic The Golden CompassBoston,Thirteen year old Sophia Tims lives with her uncle, cartologer Shadrack Elli, in a world torn to pieces by the Great Disruption ofwhen all of the continents were mysteriously thrown into different time periods, from the prehistoric era to the fortieth century Sophia s parents are explorers She has not seen them in years, since they went on an expedition and never returned When Shadrack is kidnapped from their home, Sophia sets out along with her new friend, Theo to find him Their journey takes them across the country Along with a group of lawabiding pirates, and a wayward botanist and his daughter, they search for Sophia s uncle, and run for their lives What they learn about mapmaking, the changes taking place in the world, and the legends of the land transforms Sophia forever


10 thoughts on “The Glass Sentence

  1. Felicia Felicia says:

    I really enjoyed this young adult novel with a VERY unique world It s pretty hard to explain, but the world building is quite unique, with time and maps disjointed all over the place and a very cool little girl character trying to rescue her beloved mapmaker uncle Golden Compass like I will be reading the next one for sure


  2. Jessica Jessica says:

    Don t tell me you know how to map someone s memories, then not tell me how THAT S JUST A BIG TEASE.Whew That s off my chest.I wanted to love this book I ve been seeing nothing but praise from both professional reviewers and friends whose taste I trust But I just couldn t love it I loved the idea of it, that suddenly the world was broken up into different epochs, with some people moving forward in time and others going back Mammoths roaming the earth again Boston Puritans pulling themselve Don t tell me you know how to map someone s memories, then not tell me how THAT S JUST A BIG TEASE.Whew That s off my chest.I wanted to love this book I ve been seeing nothing but praise from both professional reviewers and friends whose taste I trust But I just couldn t love it I loved the idea of it, that suddenly the world was broken up into different epochs, with some people moving forward in time and others going back Mammoths roaming the earth again Boston Puritans pulling themselves up by the bootstraps Japan flung into the 40th century, according to the map at the front We don t get to see most of this, though Sigh Neither mammoth nor Japanese cyborg traveler was to be found Also, I did not understand why people didn t spread out around the world and help each other Why weren t the Japanese robots fighting the mammoths Did modern technology not work in the past eras This is not explained.The plot was exciting enough, though, and there s a sense of urgency, though later the urgent timeline proved to bekind of a red herring But a little ways in I realized that I didn t care very much for the characters, which were all archetypes Pirates with hearts of gold and a passion for fancy hats Absent minded scientists Plucky young heroines Clever and kind bachelor uncles who think nothing of raising a young girl alone This became a real problem There s no sense of danger from throwing in your lot with a band of pirates when you re pretty sure the pirates are secretly decent folk who will stop at nothing to rescue a total stranger, because you ve seen it 12 times before But what really began to frustrate me was thatI was confused as hell By the maps Maps, maps, maps The book is all about maps It should be called The Glass Map I m not being facetious, it really should the action of this book hinges on a glass map, not a sentence How they make these glass maps is not revealed They can map anything in this world, you see, despite the fact that most of them are living in an 1800 s type society This is considered only mildly amazing They can map memories, weather, people, and places But they won t tell you how Someone devises a way to map memories that will permanently take them from you, though, and that s bad We do get to see that process, which is apparently magic because it s sure as shootin not scientific There is no comparison to how theethical maps are made, though, leaving me wondering There are endless discussions, however, about certain maps and whether or not they should even exist, for the SAKE OF HUMANITY None of this makes any sense to me I do not understand it at all A map of the world would destroy the world WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT I HAVE A MAP OF THE WORLD ON MY PHONE The ending made no sense It was all very pretty, and very visual, and then I wentwait, what I kept thinking of Incarceron and the sequel, both of which were very weird and stylish and then ultimately made me scream, BUT THAT MAKES NO SENSE PLEASE MAKE SENSE NOW Also, I could not figure out who this book was for It seems to be middle grade, but there s some serious torture in it, as well as medical experimentation that leaves one character grotesquely scarred Um, hokay If this is for teens, we need to take the friendship between the main character and the boy up a notch If it s for younger readers, well, they re probably gonna have nightmares I know I was a bit freaked out.So The book wasn t terribly written I really enjoyed the premise and the descriptions But the plot needed to be laid out better, and some questions needed to be answered Also, characters not that spectacular


  3. April April says:

    Given my feels about MAPS I am so excited for this book Given my feels about MAPS I am so excited for this book


  4. TheBookSmugglers TheBookSmugglers says:

    In 1799, the world changed radically the Great Disruption threw all continents into different time periods, different eras coexisting in a chaotic mix and match of generations and historical periods Europe is back to a papal state and parts of North America are pre historical Africa is a land of Pharaohs to the North whereas parts of Asia and South America are far into the future In the Baldlands, past, present and future are dramatically fused into one single territory, the Triple Eras.It m In 1799, the world changed radically the Great Disruption threw all continents into different time periods, different eras coexisting in a chaotic mix and match of generations and historical periods Europe is back to a papal state and parts of North America are pre historical Africa is a land of Pharaohs to the North whereas parts of Asia and South America are far into the future In the Baldlands, past, present and future are dramatically fused into one single territory, the Triple Eras.It makes sense then, that in this world, explorers and cartologers are heroes and much sought after professionals One such cartologer is Shadrack Elli, whose ability to draw and read maps on almost every surface from sand to water, makes him the best cartologer in the world He is one of the protagonists of this saga, alongside his niece, Sophia Tims, whose parents were explorers who disappeared when she was a small child She was brought up by Shadrack and knows about maps nearly as much as he does.But unlike Shadrack and most people in this world, Sophia has been deeply affected by the disruption in a different way she has no internal clock and is unfastened by time For Sophia, one minute can feel like an hour, hours can pass in a moment.Shadrack and Sophia s adventures start in Boston, 1891, after Shadrack is kidnapped by people who want to use his abilities to find the mythical Map of the World they believe that changing that map will send the world back to its original and true course.Shadrack leaves behind a glass map and a clue the glass sentence that will aid Sophia in finding him Accompanied by a mysterious boy from the Baldlands and a pair of sibling pirates, they must find another famous cartologer, the only person who can help them find the Map of the World They need to do that before it is too late, because the world It is still changing and the eras are still moving.Now, it behoves me to start by saying that yes, it is true that most of the background and world building is introduced bythan clumsy info dump There are entire sequences that are littered with letmetellyouwhathappened Generally speaking, this would be a deal breaker for me However, the details of this world are so fascinating and exciting, I was able to enjoy the story.Such details are, among many others Politics Boston, now part of the New Occident, is a land where money gets you into a parliament that is moved by its extreme capitalism and xenophobia When the story starts a law has been passed that will send people from other eras back to where they came from The unfairness of this law and how it affects families and people is deftly explored in the story.Religion from those who believe in the Fates who control destiny to the Nihilismians, who believe the current world isn t real Enthralling topic for discussion the disruption has happened, therefore this is the real world Discuss.The Lachrimas what happens to the people who find themselves right at the border of two eras when the eras change They lose track of who they are The Lachrimas are what become of them tragic creatures of horror.Alternate history Thewe find out about the world, thewe realise that it is like ours but not exactly there are creatures of myth here as well as people that are partly made of fauna or made of silver A day has 20 hours and magic is part of the world just as science is Was it the Great Disruption that changed the way the world isthan the when the world is Not everything is ponies and rainbows though Given the attention given to worldbuilding, the characters themselves are woefully underdeveloped They are likeable enough and the pirates are super cool but not exactly shining examples of in depth characterisation I also confess I was disappointed by how the vast, rich and complex plotline of this book came to a rushed close by the end of this volume the search for the Map of the World started and concluded here when there was enough material for a whole series.And finally, the juxtaposition of magic and science was weird Mapmaking was presented as a science However, maps can be created on water, sand and glass and were not only movable but also in some cases, were mapping actual memories that only certain people are able to access Those were explained with hand wave science and I will explain to you later, I have no time now These maps were made with magic, can we please call them for what they are petpeeve Unless of course, one wishes to interpret this world s relationship with magic as scientific in their approach.The Glass Sentence has a fascinating premise with an intricate and ambitious world building around it Even though at times said world building given its scope encounters inevitable hurdles and fails to live up to its full potential when it comes to characters, my excitement for this world is genuine and lasting I can t wait for book 2, The Golden Specific i.e Sophia goes after her parents


  5. Skyler Skyler says:

    Waitwhat I literally can t even How did this get made This book makes NO SENSE While reading I kept a list of every confusing point or plot hole I came across that list grew to be 50 items The characters are just straight up YA tropes and the world is overly imaginative and complicated No character behaves in a logical or even consistent way at one point the 13 year old protagonist is clueless to what is going on around her, the next she is a super genius cartologer who outsmarts t Waitwhat I literally can t even How did this get made This book makes NO SENSE While reading I kept a list of every confusing point or plot hole I came across that list grew to be 50 items The characters are just straight up YA tropes and the world is overly imaginative and complicated No character behaves in a logical or even consistent way at one point the 13 year old protagonist is clueless to what is going on around her, the next she is a super genius cartologer who outsmarts the world s leading experts adults to rescue them Do you like playing the game COINCIDENCE OR BAD STORYTELLING You ll love this book WAIT, HOW DO THE BADDIES JUST HAPPEN TO KEEP RUNNING INTO THEIR EXACT LOCATION.In no instance does anything subtle or nuanced happen It s as if every few pages the characters sit around for a debrief to discuss the past few pages of events Every character good and bad openly discuss their motives and freely discuss things that should clearly be kept secret YOU JUST MET THIS PERSON WHY ARE YOU TELLING THEM ABOUT YOUR SECRET MISSION ADVANCED MAPS ARE SUPPOSEDLY A SECRET KNOWLEDGE BUT WHY DOES EVERYBODY KNOW ABOUT THEM But the largest gripe I have with this If you are going to build an elaborate fantasy world, at least explain how or why it works It felt like most elements were introduced solely to advance the plot MAPS OF PEOPLE S MEMORIES ON A PIECE OF GLASS, ONLY TO BE READ IN MOONLIGHT COOL HOW ARE THEY MADE UH. OH, NOW MEMORIES FROM THE FUTURE DA FUQ Thanks for saving the world no idea how your actions led to that outcome, but cool.I try hard not to have a YA bias, but seriously


  6. snowplum snowplum says:

    This book is something special Its pages can barely contain the immense imagination that has come up with characters, races, environments, maps, and magics that are all described with consummate skill I m a reader who is oftenmoved by books that have an adequate plot but exceptional prose in other words, the how isimportant to me than the what But with this book, I simply stand in awe of the what I dig the premise that the world has become fragmented in time I dig Grove s con This book is something special Its pages can barely contain the immense imagination that has come up with characters, races, environments, maps, and magics that are all described with consummate skill I m a reader who is oftenmoved by books that have an adequate plot but exceptional prose in other words, the how isimportant to me than the what But with this book, I simply stand in awe of the what I dig the premise that the world has become fragmented in time I dig Grove s concepts of what exploration and cartography have become in the new world I like her ideas about different kinds of maps, and how they start to veer into magic made out of different elements, activated by different triggers, and often containing living memories I really really love the idea of the carta mayor, the map to end all maps the map of the entire world as it has been, is, and could be I was rapt the entire time discovering whether this map existed, wondering who would find it first the good guys or the bad guys, who are SO fascinating and scary and unexpected and brilliantly drawn that I bow to Ms Groves yet again , and whether this map might, indeed, be written on by a Master who could change the world with magical cartography.Amidst all of this awesomeness, around about the halfway point, Grove introduced a plot point that I thought might have been one too many the Marks of Vine and Iron that occur in the Badlands Certain people have some normal human characteristics as well as some botanical characteristics such as thorns, leafy wings, or flowers others have some metal characteristics steel bones or teeth, for example I was immediately drawn to the concept, but I thought, Hm what s this sort of traditional Celtic fae lore doing working its way into the American West and mixed up with steampunk and this is gonna be too much But no Fifty pages later I was completely sold and glad that Grove included those ideas and the related plot lines The time spent on the royal botanist s experiments and discoveries is some of the most delightful in the book imagination on overdrive, with fantastic descriptions and consequences that tie in brilliantly to the rest of the plot.I would recommend this book to virtually anyone It s smart and creative and exciting and the characters offer something for everyone Kids, teens, and adults could all love this book I will say that the bad guys get a little bit too scary for younger children who might otherwise love the book If you are a parent who knows your child gets nightmares from vivid imagery, you might want to make sure you supervise reading this book and figure out how to help your child cope with the grappling hooks and the freaky bonnet torture device It s not that these things are really graphically described, but Grove knows how to make maximum impact with moderate descriptions It s pretty freaky and upsetting None of the main characters are actually harmed but minor characters are, and when one of the main characters is in the gravest peril, it could seriously upset and frighten a younger reader One other fact that may be of interest the book is first in a series, but it doesn t have the sort of infuriating cliffhanger that might make you hesitate to buy or read it until all three are available By the end of the book, you re aware of the plot points and problems that are likely to develop in books 2 and 3, and you ll certainly look forward to those volumes, but you will also feel satisfied with how book 1 concludes Yet another reason to applaud this fantastic new author Bravo, Ms Grove


  7. Joie Mikitson Joie Mikitson says:

    One of the the great plots, yes, but with the vast amounts of Tolkien derivative fantasy being published every year it is a pleasure to read a quest tale with such original flair and unique settings and perspective All of the continents have been thrown into different time periods and crossing a border can put you a thousand years into the past or the future This makes exploration and cartography extra important and results in creating maps on glass that record feelings and memories I don t w One of the the great plots, yes, but with the vast amounts of Tolkien derivative fantasy being published every year it is a pleasure to read a quest tale with such original flair and unique settings and perspective All of the continents have been thrown into different time periods and crossing a border can put you a thousand years into the past or the future This makes exploration and cartography extra important and results in creating maps on glass that record feelings and memories I don t want to give too much away before the book is even released, but the nutshell version revolves around 13 year old Sophia s quest to find her beloved mapmaker uncle who has been kidnapped by a mysterious woman who can steal people s memories She picks up a fascinating mix of companions during her adventures, which is lucky because it turns out it is up to her to save her world and time from being destroyed forever.Truly inventive, this is one of those books that found me trying to slow down my reading speed just so it wouldn t be over too soon Time shifting, cartography, new world building, quests, faceless monsters, unique mixtures of magic and science this novel contains so many fascinating things, all on top of being written in straight forward yet spellbinding language It is ridiculous and unfair and awesome that this could be someone s first book I read the advance proof, but I can t wait to see the official version when released this summer as it promises to include drawings of the maps themselves The worlds and ages mentioned have so many cool features it makes me long to read a detailed history of each one The story left me with a hard to shake book hangover but luckily an adventurous, possible feeling that promises a reread in the very near future


  8. Sandra (LadyGrey Reads) Sandra (LadyGrey Reads) says:

    This book reminded me so much of The Golden Compass So yeah if you liked that book you ll probably enjoy this.Still love the idea of time being different all over the world but the book was kind of slow to read and the similarities with GC did make it a bit boring for me Also I feel like I m almost too old to read this At least in part some parts of the book were a bit too dark to be categorized as appropriate for children while others were just this is too basic for an adult young adult This book reminded me so much of The Golden Compass So yeah if you liked that book you ll probably enjoy this.Still love the idea of time being different all over the world but the book was kind of slow to read and the similarities with GC did make it a bit boring for me Also I feel like I m almost too old to read this At least in part some parts of the book were a bit too dark to be categorized as appropriate for children while others were just this is too basic for an adult young adult.Not sure if I will continue this series or not


  9. Sabrina Sabrina says:

    The Glass Sentence 4 5 When I started reading this book I thought that I wasn t going to like it, but then I got to page , it changes I loved the story, is very unique, the maps were a big part of the mystery, and I really liked, it was easy to understand and very well written The characters are adorable and very clever in there on way The relationship between Sophia and her uncle are goals, they would do anything to make sure that everything is okay The friendship of Theo and Sophia was The Glass Sentence 4 5 When I started reading this book I thought that I wasn t going to like it, but then I got to page , it changes I loved the story, is very unique, the maps were a big part of the mystery, and I really liked, it was easy to understand and very well written The characters are adorable and very clever in there on way The relationship between Sophia and her uncle are goals, they would do anything to make sure that everything is okay The friendship of Theo and Sophia was really nice, although at the star I thought that it would have romantic feelings involved and I was glad when I realized that it did not, because they are a really good together and don t need the unnecessary drama that a romantic relationship involves, they are one beautiful example that boys and girls can be friends Every character in this book is awesome .I can t wait to read the sequel and seeof this amazing character and history and see if Sophia can finally find her parents


  10. Beth Beth says:

    The Glass Sentence strikes me as an old school throwback to classic children s fantasy It s got excellent, excellent worldbuilding and an intrepid protagonist armed with a map and a mission, unfettered by parental intervention This is a story about Sophia, whose parents are explorers gone missing and whose uncle is a famed mapmaker with a hand in politics and a housekeeper with a Past And yet somehow it s all vaguely familiar These are characters I ve met before, under different names and gu The Glass Sentence strikes me as an old school throwback to classic children s fantasy It s got excellent, excellent worldbuilding and an intrepid protagonist armed with a map and a mission, unfettered by parental intervention This is a story about Sophia, whose parents are explorers gone missing and whose uncle is a famed mapmaker with a hand in politics and a housekeeper with a Past And yet somehow it s all vaguely familiar These are characters I ve met before, under different names and guises The setting is unique and wonderful, but the story proceeds as expected view spoiler I do have quibbles, mostly with Blanca s end and Sophia s reaction unless Shadrack really doesn t have any noticeable marks, which would surprise me hide spoiler It is a good story, though, and worth reading