Review of THE MAP OF STARS, the Stunning Finale to the YORK Trilogy

"There are people who are human whirlwinds. They move fast, they talk faster, they think faster still. Their fingers jitter against their legs, their knees dance when they sit, their lungs heave as if they've been running a race. At night, when they try to sleep, their thoughts spin and jive."

THE MAP OF STARS, by Laura Ruby is filled with mystery and revelation, heroes and villains, hope and despair. I found myself compelled to read, each page more engaging than the past. What an epic ending to a thought provoking, stunning trilogy! The book begins with tension between the three main characters--Jaime thinks Tess and Theo have lied to him and his anger keeps him from even discussing whether he's correct or not. Laura Ruby brilliantly interweaves different time-lines and characters, creating a world of hurt and a world of possibilities. This is a read to remember!

The thrilling conclusion to two-time National Book Award finalist Laura Ruby’s epic adventure through the streets of an alternate New York City. It was only a few days ago that Tess Biedermann, Theo Biedermann, and Jaime Cruz, along with a mysterious figure from the past, managed to survive an assault on the location of the latest clue in the Morningstarr cipher—and, in the process, made a shocking discovery about their own connection to this one-hundred-sixty-year-old enigma. Now the friends are divided. Tess and Theo have no idea what the photo they found in Greenwood Cemetery means, but Jaime is convinced that they do, and that they’ve been keeping their own secrets from him. As the city continues to break around them, suddenly solving the greatest mystery of the modern world seems less important than saving their own friendship. The stakes of completing the cipher, however, have never been higher. Darnell Slant, real estate developer and owner of all the Morningstarr buildings, knows that they hold one last secret: a power that even the Morningstarrs themselves never revealed. The world has rested on a precarious balance of power for generations; now Slant and his shadowy business partners aim to unbalance it. It’s up to Tess, Theo, and Jaime to uncover the Morningstarrs’ final mystery in a desperate attempt to set things right. The world—theirs, and possibly others—depends on it.

Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Printz Award-winning and National Book Award finalist Bone Gap, the first two books in the York series, the Edgar-nominated mystery Lily's Ghost, the Book Sense Pick Good Girls, the acclaimed novels Play Me and Bad Apple, and Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All (Fall 2019). She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in the Chicago area. You can visit her online at

1 comment:

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    Love you.
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