Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Review: The Map of Salt and Stars
The Map of Salt and Stars is a book that effortlessly spans age ranges--I thought it was compelling and beautiful, but can just as easily see giving it to a teen or mature middle-grade student to read. The writing in this novel is utterly unique because Nour has synaesthesia and experiences the world a bit differently than most. Joukhadar subtly reminds readers of the beauty of story and art and nature through our heroine's experiences.
The two narratives work wonderfully here--an entire novel could have been written about Rawiya or Nour but they add new layers to each other's stories. There is a beautiful juxtaposition between the magic of Rawiya's tale as she disguises herself as a boy and fights human and magical enemies and the devastating reality that Nour's family might not all make it to safety.
The Map of Salt and Stars is a truly beautiful debut novel that I will be talking about for a long time.
The Map of Salt and Stars
By Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
Touchstone May 2018
Read via Netgalley