Monday, August 10, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway- The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

It's been a few hectic weeks here, but I am happy to have a post for Middle Grade Monday :) Today I have a review of The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove. I have my review copies to give away of both books 1 and 2 in this series! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter. Good Luck!

The Story-
 Sophia Tims lives in a world turned upside down and inside out. Sometime at the beginning of the 19th century, the world timeline was disrubted and now the earth is divided into different time periods that range from the prehistoric tundra to the far future. Sophia lives in Boston 1891, a part of the twelve colonies now known as New Occident. She lives with her mapmaker Uncle, Shadrack Elli, because her mom and dad disappeared years earlier on an expedition.

Troubled times are upon New Occident, where politicians want to seal off their land to all other time lines and kick out anyone not a native. Shadrack is against this ruling, and due to his outspoken voice (and map making knowledge) he is kidnapped. Only Sophia can save him, but it will take her on a journey of danger through the ages.

My Thoughts-
What an amazing story! I felt blown away by the originality of the plot and the creativity of the author's details. A book for older middle graders, this story will take some thoughtful insight to delve into. The most magical creation is with the use of maps. Shadrack is able to make and read maps built from wood, water, paper and fabric. Maps that actually transplant the map reader into the physical, emotional or sensory images of the original map maker. A wondrous idea.

Then there are the faceless creatures that stalk the Bad Lands. I have to admit that these wailing lost souls gave me the creeps. I couldn't figure out what they were, and the author does an amazing job keeping it a secret until the end of the book. There is great tension as the story builds, memories are stolen, and parts of the world are seemingly erased.

Another great ending twist is the revelation of a map that Sophia believes hides the secrets to the demise of a previous world. As this map's history unfolds the reader is filled with mystery and when the secret is revealed, it is a surprise. I always feel that a book that surprises me should get extra points.

So, if you are looking for something new, try this book. The first in a series, book 2, The Golden Specific was just released in May 2015. 5 stars!

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  1. Sounds like a very engrossing story line. I love when authors are able to pull off tension in their plots. Looking forward to reading this series.

    1. I know, it makes the book even better.

  2. What an interesting concept! This sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. I just got this one out of the library. Looking forward to it! Love the idea of those maps.