A review by kenishsuri
The Cartographers, by Peng Shepherd

  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Plot Hole Galore: Do not waste your time!

Initially, I thought 2 stars but after letting it marinate overnight, 1 it is!

The title was my hook - I was eager to learn about maps and cartography. The premise of the book is riveting + it is inspired by actual events. Sadly, this book just misses on all counts...

Not only is this story packed to the brim with plot holes, but also leaves the reader frustrated. After several explanations, you are just left with asking the same question over and over again - "but why?"

Peng Shepherd had an amazing concept before she injected it with heaps of bloat to appeal to several types of readers. If this book was a map, it takes you in circles and shows you boring stopovers along the journey before reaching a lacklustre destination.

I wish I had watched Liene's review before starting this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0l7X...


“Could a perfect map only be developed for a perfect world? Or would the perfect map make the world within it perfect?”