The Glass Sentence and The Golden Specific, by S. E. Grove
This book is a little bit unique among others, in that I found it both tedious and highly enjoyable. It’s set in a fascinating world of Grove’s creation, one where the world’s land masses were broken into different eras after what was known as “The Great Disruption.” In this world, the most valuable ability one can possess is to read maps. These are not ordinary paper maps, however–these maps come in many different mediums, and each is read in a different way, revealing unique information to their readers about the location they are studying.
These maps are central to the plot of The Glass Sentence, and I found it to be a fascinating and wholly original concept. Although I did feel like the story meanders at times, and it’s a bit too serious for it’s own good, I think it’s the beginning of what will be a very successful series. Book two is out now, and although I haven’t had the chance to pick it up yet, it is high on my list of books to read.