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the idea is interesting, the execution lacks
on June 6, 2010
I was really excited to get this book, as I thought the idea of a boy who sees the world through maps/charts and sets off on an adventure to DC would be a really fun and interesting read. But, I found the maps to be distracting more often than not, rather than adding something to the novel. Not only did many of them unnecessarily break up the flow of the text, some of them were really poorly executed (especially given that TS is supposed to be an award winning map maker/illustrator). Additionally, I found the writing to be all over the place - sometimes it seemed like it could be from TS, at other times, it seemed like the writer's voice - and often times, the plot seemed like it was just trying a little too hard. I struggled to get through through this book.