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- Print Length: 424 pages
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- Publication Date: June 26, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XX2PS9X
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The Cartographer (The Compass series Book 6) Kindle Edition
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This does a lot of things right, representation-wise, and needs to be applauded for that, as well. The two leads are both queer MoC, and Allie specifically is an big, outwardly masculine black man who spends the story coming to terms with his submissive side. It's so blatantly against typecasting (where big black men are always scary!) that I loved it.
But there were representation issues that, while they didn't touch on my experiences directly, did make me uncomfortable. Ableism, in that Rey's disability is treated as a plot twist--though I picked up on the foreshadowing and figured it out early, the reveal is shallow both emotionally and in terms of handling disability with respect. I get that Rey's parents didn't know how to handle it, and that left him with some issues, but those issues aren't explored much before they evaporate as an obstacle to Rey's happiness.
And I'm honestly not sure how to feel about Julian, the trans character. Am I glad a trans man was included as a real possibility for a love interest without Allie treating him any differently than a cis man? Yes. Do I like the way Rey spoke about Julian internally? No--because Rey did make a distinction, and one I didn't feel like it was his to make, when he speculated that Allie might like to be with someone he could have a family with, without intervention. It seemed...callus? Cavalier? It's not entirely clear to me if Julian's trans-ness was public knowledge or not, and while Rey outing him to us as the readers is merely narrative, I was really uncomfortable with his tone, because whatever did or didn't come of Allie's dalliance with Julian while he was separated from Rey, Rey didn't have any business making decisions based on Julian's reproductive status. Which he would know, of course, because Rey knows everything about everyone, so that doesn't actually give me any clue about whether or not Julian is "out" as trans or not.
I tried to look at that as a failing of Rey's arrogance, and it fits--I mean, he is trying to set up his lover with other man as a break-up gift, basically--but it still irks me beyond that. I'm not sure I can explain it any better, but this felt like it fell short of good representation.
This is a long book. Lots of kink and pain play which is sexy and fun. As any good book has to have it also has lots of character development and that is sorta where things go a little sideways. You have to read this book carefully to catch on that Rey has physical issues. You get a bone thrown here and there to keep you moving along to the inevitable answer and it's a satisfying answer to the god complex Rey has. I think the author ruins a lot of the character of Allie with the action he is "forced" to take that is 100% OOC during the street fight and then follows it up with the epilogue that is so unfulfilling it's ridiculous. Not to mention, again, with the character building, the choice Allie makes at the end for himself makes no sense. There would be no reason for him to go in the direction indicated when he has so many other rule laden options and he really hasn't given the reader any real sense that it was his true purpose in life anyway. It was an option forced on him. It doesn't help that we get no POV from Allie. His motivation for all of the relationship is ours to interpret. We miss a lot of critical information that we put in hours of reading effort to get from the last scene of the book to the beginning of the epilogue. It's very, very unsatisfying.
The writing is good enough to make this a four star read, but the author is also good enough that these issues should have been ironed out. 3.5 stars.
Rey is always someone else's cartographer. He creates a map of their very needs. Why it took him so long to write his own is all told in this book. It takes a very sexy, strong, and oh so willing soul that is Allie Hart to be Rey's ink.
Their story isn't easy, but it's as hard as Allie's rippling pectorals. There is no quick way to Rey's hart...I mean heart. Allie works for it. Parker creates this chemistry between the two of them that lights every chapter on fire. Be warned, it's the absolute hottest of the entire Compass Series. You won't be able to get enough of this Rey/Allie combo.
I'm very sad to see this series end, but Parker gives it a send off that none of us will ever forget. "I’m tired of being up on this lonely mountain top, and I think I might know someone who believes he’s worthy."