First line: “It happened long ago, when I was only a child.”
Booktalk: 90 years ago, the Great Disruption threw the entire world into disarray. Europe was plunged back in time to the Dark Ages and cut off from the rest of the world. The United States was broken into pieces, with the East Coast in the 19th century, and the west spanning from prehistoric times to the far future. Some countries are stuck in the Ice Age, while others have glittering cities with three-hundred-story buildings and flying vehicles.
Sophia lives in 19th-century Boston with her uncle, the most famous mapmaker in New Occident. Maps in Sophia’s world – the world after the Great Disruption – don’t just show you the land, though – they can show you memories. Maps can be made of paper, or glass, or onions, or an entire lake. Maps might even have the power to rewrite history – and if Sophia wants to save her long-lost parents, she’ll have to figure out how to do it.
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