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The Cartographers, by Peng Shepherd

hey_megalo's review

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

astrocat42's review

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adventurous lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

bookish_scientist's review

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced

4.25

shannon_marie's review

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.5

Really cool concept....but wasted on a "meh" story

teresa_g's review

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4.0

As other reviewers have said, as someone in the library/archives world it was hard to separate from the things said in the narrative that were just downright not correct……

The story had promise but the pacing was off. Most of the action being in the flashbacks was kind of a let-down. Wally was also a super obvious reveal, and a kind of pointless villain? Idk I give this 3.5/4* — didn’t hate it but I think there was a lot of wasted potential. The whole phantom settlement idea is way cooler than what ended up happening.

julialowebe's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

alexafuson's review against another edition

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4.0

Similar vibes to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, but way better than that. I was blown away by this book! It was really fun how the mystery was slowly revealed through so many different characters and their backstories. The lengthy monologues from characters in the present time and the vague ending annoyed me, but I was completely intrigued by this book. 

beamv's review

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

qwordyq's review

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3.0

I really wanted to be into this but I just wasn't. Not sure why. I was hoping for more technical fun stuff in dealing with maps but it was more just a story of adults who could have solved a lot of problems by just telling the main character their dumb adult drama when they were younger. I really only got into this when we got to the small bit of magical realism in the end which I was hoping was more throughout the book. It's well-written and I understand why people would like this book and I didn't hate but I just wanted to love this and I just didn't. So much of this could be solved if people just talked like human beings instead of keeping secrets and owning up to their faults. It was a little exhausting in that sense.

sgeron's review

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adventurous mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.0

I loved this so much more than I even thought I would.