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The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

Posted by Caitie F on June 12, 2014

Title: The Glass Sentenceglass
Author: S. E. Grove
Hardcover: 512 pages
Pub Date: June 12, 2014
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

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.


There is an incredible amount of imagination that went into this book. I actually stopped reading many times to sit and think about each region of the world in the different times, the animals, and the culture clashes that are constantly happening. This book is worth reading just for the world building.

There is a map at the beginning of the book. Usually, I ignore maps. It isn’t really something that interests me. I went back to these maps several times to see where they were and what might happen. It actually got me a little excited about geography, and that is not something I am interested in at all.

It helps that there is an incredibly well-paced plot and some great characters. It is a long book, so it is hard to read all at once, but readers will be so tempted.

I don’t want to say too much about the book because not knowing made it better. Even small spoilers will make readers miss out on discoveries and wonders.

Just know if you are looking for a middle grade book with a lot of adventure, really smart characters, and quite a bit of fun, pick up this book. It will bring out the explorer in us all.


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