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 listeners 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.
This audiobook includes a PDF of maps from the book.
©2014 S. E. Grove (P)2014 Listening Library (Audio)
When I started listening to this, I don't think I realized just what a wild ride I was in for. The story really begins to roll after they leave Boston, and doesn't let up. I can honestly say I often found myself trying to shoehorn just a few extra minutes of listening time. It was well performed, and the kind of story that benefits from the slower pace of being read out loud.
Yes. Overall I thought this was a great book and absolutely hits the mark for it's target audience. I happen to be much older than that group, but still enjoyed the story and stayed with it, interested in where the story would go.
I thought the pirates introduced us nicely to the repeated theme/idea that what we may think is bad or good, maybe something else entirely. And the description of the palace was full of so much wonder, it is beautiful.
Towards the end when the Lacrama is leaving Sophie, the discovery of the glass map, and the growing of plants in the man made soil. I was also caught up in Sophia's parents seemingly being within her grasp, and yet not there at all. I hope this gets resolved in a surprising and delightful way in the next book.
The story has a fast pace, and at times I wished for more depth than speed, but that's due to my age and not a limitation on the story. I will buy the next book, and look forward to another adventure with a terrific and diverse cast.
This audio version of Grove's creative and unique fantasy novel is lovely, right up until the moment the protagonist Sophia starts talking. Sophia is such a sensible, smart, matter-of-fact, kick-ass character, but you wouldn't know it based on the whiny, insipid voice assigned to her by this narrator. The rest of the narration is lovely! But Sophia's characterization is too important to be so badly represented. I listened to more than half of this before realizing I couldn't bear it anymore. I returned to the paper book.
Possibly, as long as the protagonist isn't a teenaged girl. I've lost my faith in this narrator's ability to do that well.
Grove's book is. This narration isn't.
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