I’ve been in the mood to read more middle grades fiction recently, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that for this week’s Waiting on Wednesday post I’m focusing on the upcoming middle grades fantasy The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove.
It is 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.
I am completely intrigued by the premise of this book! The whole idea of each continent experiencing a different time period sounds utterly cool, I can’t handle it. I have a feeling this could totally be a Doctor Who plot! Luckily, the advance reviews on Goodreads are really positive, so I’m hoping that when The Glass Sentence (which is supposed to be the first book in a trilogy) on June 12 (only a few short days away!) I’ll be able to get my hands on a copy and see for myself!
What books are you waiting for this week?