This book brought out a lively discussion in my book group last night; some loved it and some hated it. Me, I was somewhere in between.
On the positive side, we learn about phantom settlements in maps, and there is some creativity in the story telling structure, and the audio has a full cast narration.
This book starts interestingly in the New York Public Library map division, and spirals from there through a magical room, store, and town–where I was willing to suspend my disbelief– to an ending incorporating a mother’s choice that I just couldn’t buy. There were gaping holes in the world building logic, and just too many unanswered questions. There were too many times when the characters didn’t do the obvious things they would have done.
I liked this enough to finish it, liked it mostly while I was reading it, and then it left me frustrated and shaking my head. The Cartographers has a lot of buzz right now and I just thought you might want to know it is actually quite a mixed bag. I give it a low 4 stars; it just squeezed up over the line to merit this blog post.