Year 17, Book 42

42. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

I wanted to like this book more than I did. It had such a cool premise. Based on the description and an interview I heard with the author, I did not realize that the book had fantasy elements to it. I thought it was more of a straightforward story based on what the author was inspired by in which mapmakers would include fake places in their maps to prevent copyright infringement. The way the story was set up at the beginning had my interest. Even once I realized that there were fantasy elements and that these fake places could become real to people who had the maps I was still okay with it. I just didn’t feel like anything was executed very well, and the characters all felt really flat. The romance in the book as particularly poorly written. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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