The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Such an original world! In some ways, it reminded me of The Rithmatist with the nearly-our-world setting and the imaginative use the author makes of something we take rather for granted, in this case, maps.
The quest/trek we (via Sophia and Theo) undertake, first to find Uncle Shadrack, then to Varessa and the carta mayor follows the usual route: danger to be avoided, seemingly untrustworthy people being "good guys" and "good guys" who really aren't, etc.. But again, there's enough that's slightly different that will appeal to readers who are tired of the contests and dystopias. I'm not sure I understood the different map types, but the idea of a water map just sounds so cool.
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