The Golden Specific

The Golden Specific

Book - 2015
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It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend Theo embarked upon the dangerous adventure that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her parents' disappearance, combing archives and libraries, grasping at even the most slender leads. Theo has apprenticed himself to an explorer in order to follow those leads across the country-but one after another proves to be a dead end.

Then Sophia discovers that a crucial piece of the puzzle exists in a foreign Age. At the same time, Theo discovers that his old life outside the law threatens to destroy the new one he has built with Sophia and her uncle Shadrack. What he and Sophia do not know is that their separate discoveries are intertwined, and that one remarkable person is part of both.

There is a city that holds all of the answers-but it cannot be found on any map. Surrounded by plague, it can only be reached by a journey through darkness and chaos, which is at the same time the plague's cure- The Golden Specific.
Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, c2015
ISBN: 9780142423677
Branch Call Number: J FIC Grove
Characteristics: 501 p

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jun 21, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed The Glass Sentence, which I found to be very inventive and just overall a richly detailed bit of worldbuilding. As a result, I was looking forward to reading its follow up, but I found myself a bit disappointed. I still thought this was full of fascinating details that I liked, but this got a touch convoluted at times. In the first book, Grove impressively managed to balance the many threads of the plot without the story feeling overburdened by them all; in this installment, I’m not sure she was quite as successful. However, I do think it’s worth a read for fans of the first book, and my issues with this aren’t large enough to prevent me from picking up the concluding volume.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 09, 2017

The middle with all the adventure was definitely very interesting to read. The beginning kind of dragged, but it picked up smoothly. The romance didn't really go anywhere, which apparently my friend said wouldn't go anywhere for the next book either. However, I have hope for potential. Sophia is maturing along through time, and naturally ups and downs in her life affect everything in the story. Her longing to find her parents is inspiring, but at times a bit hard of a concept to grasp. It is really deep. I think of all the maps, I like the water ones the best. The flexibility sounds interesting. 3/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Reyna_Avila_Grace
Jun 21, 2016

How, how could S. E. Grove's amazing series go so wrong. I absolutely loved the first book, it was so interesting and original. The second was original as well but unbelievably boring! I'll still read the third, but I am quite sad at how the story took such a turn.

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