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City of Thirst

(The Map to Everywhere #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  663 ratings  ·  89 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis transport readers back to the boundless world of the Pirate Stream in this engaging and exhilarating sequel to the highly acclaimed The Map to Everywhere that is equal parts adventure, humor, and heart!

When the magical waters of the Pirate Stream begin flooding Marrill's world, the only way to stop the dest
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published September 8th 2015)
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Jul 08, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
I'm not here to leave a review (obviously I'm a bit biased since I wrote this book - lol)! I just wanted to use this space to give you some updates and say a huge thanks for continuing the journey along the Pirate Stream with JP and me. We've had an unbelievably amazing time writing this series and have been overjoyed at the responses we've received. Thank you for adding this book to your shelves, for reading it and reviewing and discussing and just being all around passionate about books!

And if
Prabhjot Kaur
This starts few months after where the first one ended. Marrill is in her own world and she receives a message that she's needed back on the Pirate Stream. And Fin is still aboard The Kraken with everyone always forgetting him. But when Marrill and Fin reunite, we all know it's gonna be more adventures and a lot of action.

We are introduced with few new characters of which I really liked Remy who babysits Marrill in Arizona and when Marrill comes back to the Pirate Stream, Remy follows her and e
Rashika (is tired)
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When I read The Map to Everywhere last year, I fell in love. I am the kid who loves adventures. I grew up reading about kids who go on adventures and I love being an adult who reads about kids going on adventures. The follow-up to The Map to Everywhere however, was not about an adventure. Did I still enjoy reading it? Yes. Did I wish it were an adventures. Yes. Would I change the book if I could? I honestly don’t know.

I think this insta
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

This second installment of the Map to Everywhere series did not disappoint! This one had all of the fun and excitement of the first book with even more unique magical worlds. My kids and I especially loved the wall city that was constantly sinking and being rebuilt from the top, and I was impressed with the many themes that were explored with this city (the social hierarchy of this world was based on who lived closest
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really hope we get some answers in the next book. That was my only complaint about this book. I still like the main characters and the Pirate Stream. The Naysayer is still funny, but I was disappointed that he wasn't in this book more. ...more
Malcolm Cox
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the first book, we travelled to a few interesting and imaginative places and I left that book looking forward to visiting more places in this one. With that expectancy, I was a little disappointed that we only visited a couple. However, they were indeed interesting and imaginative with the titular city being the setting for most of the story.
There was a lot of emphasis on want and need that drove many plot points and threats, which made for a different type of 'engine' running the story. Unli
Mary Beth
I just love this series. Marrill heads back into the Pirate Stream and this time Remy is in tow. Tattoos that strangle, levator snails named Elle and a Sand King that burns are just some of the extraordinary things that pop up in this sequel to the Map to Everywhere. Marrill and Fin have to be some of my all time favorite characters and you can't help but cheer for them. In this story, some tough decisions must be made all while trying to escape the deadly Iron Tide. Honestly, I can't wait to re ...more
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-good-time, vibez
The only complaint I have about this sequel is that I wish there was more of Remy + Coll because I love them. Remy was such a great addition to the group :)

Also I was SO SAD with the whole "not remembering" thing. I was NOT prepared for that emotional distress, but it all worked out in the end so yay.
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was a little skeptical that this book would not be as amazing as the first one; boy, was I wrong! This book truly lives up to the first one.

The characters are just as wonderful and unforgettable.
I was worried about having Remy along, since the idea of a controlling babysitter on board the Kraken sounded just as fun as having Eustace Scrubb on the Dawn Treader. But, she was actually pretty reliable and broke away from the stereotypes I thought she would fulfill. Plus, she is the only one (b
2.5 stars.

While I still enjoyed this second book of a proposed 5 book series, I still find myself reaffirmed in my original opinion that 5 books is too many for this series, the way it's being written. It's extremely obvious, not to mention frustrating, that these books are all 400+ pages and being strung out simply to accomplish there being 5 books.

The cast of characters continues to be great, though I need more Coll and Remy and I find myself once again bemoaning the lack of pirats. If you hav
Elise Rose
This was a great continuation of the series! I loved it just as much as the first book. :)
Pop Bop
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Character Driven Middle Grade Adventure Tale

Sure, lots of action/adventure stuff happens here, although not as much as in the first book. We explore and battle and lurk and outwit and all of that.

But, the aspect of this book I find most appealing, and somewhat uncommon and unexpected, turns on the development of the characters, the issues they address, and the subtle undercurrent of fantastical melancholy. Our two main heroes, Marrill and Fin, continue to grow and develop. Numerous secondary c
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: Parts of this book I really liked, but I kept getting distracted and finding myself not listening. So, it wasn't holding my attention.

I like the new ideas, like having forgetful people who are called fades. I liked that the captain has a tattoo noose on his neck that tries to choke him sometimes. I liked that a pirate stream could connect all worlds. I liked the idea of an iron bad ship chasing the good guys into a whirlpool and coming out years before them. I liked the floating
Allie Outhouse
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it

The Monerva setting was difficult to mentally grasp: a city stuck out of time where continuity doesn't exist and the city is constantly sinking until enough Pirate Stream is sucked into the gears to permit a single unstoppable wish.

It was extremely challenging to comprehend what was going on even while the "surprise" twists were amusing and predictable.

I enjoyed the deeper character development and watching the cast interact. My heart broke for Finn as Marell finally, and somew
This series is great, but I feel really bad for Fin at this point. It's a good thing the babysitter is there and remembers Marrill plus one. I keep hoping something will happen so he will no longer have the problem, but that hasn't happened yet. He's getting closer though, and I am rooting for him. He seemed to be the main focus of this book. Yes, there was a lot of other stuff going on, but there were so many clues about Fin's life that I could really feel how deeply he wants answers.

The City
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alas, just as I feared. Not as good as the first book. Still imaginative in its setting, but the plot this time was too redundant to the first. It felt rote. As I think it over, it's not that the plot is the same, so much as that the characters seem to cover the same emotional ground as before. There isn't as much exploration in their personal revelations, nor adventure in their aims. They don't grow like they did in the first book, and this one ends in much the same vein as the first did. So, i ...more
Anne Beardsley
Interesting, kooky...

But somehow not entirely hooking. I loved the central ...uh 'boss'...of the book, and thought that part was well done. The baby sitter was fun. Actually, a lot of things were fun.

Somehow I felt like we were all so busy exploring this creative, interesting world with these creative, colorful characters and these creative, exciting plot hooks that we had no time to experience an actual story, and it all sort of washed over me. It's like watching a movie where the camera never
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I know that if the Pirate Stream touches our world then something has gone terribly wrong--so it is horribly selfish of me--yet I want to visit this world! (As long as nothing happens to our world, of course, and my family stays copacetic, natch.) Someone bring me my cake so I can have it and eat it too!

This series just gets better and better (or in Madam's words "more better and more better"), and I'm currently devouring the third book. The complexities of the characters, what drives them, lite
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sequel to The Map to Everywhere // fun/unique opener/refresher to what happened in book 1 // took a bit longer to get sucked into this one // got very exciting at the end // some intriguing reveals about Fin! // I have THEORIES about the villains! (view spoiler) // felt like some of the character interactions back-tracked a bit, but then ...more
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book instead of listening to it like I did the first book. It was a good follow up. I got a little tired about the friendship part of the story. (mild spoiler.......) I felt that Merrill's explanation as to why she forgot him was a little thin. Overall I give this 3.5 stars. I feel like it was a fun middle school books. Still no romance just good friends. ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Second book in the series picked up where the last left off and again I have mixed feelings. Creative and humorous but just never quite grabbed me. Useful for long car trips where I need something entertaining but that doesn't require too much concentration but it is not something I can't wait to listen to. ...more
Amanda Stitt
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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The reason this isn't one star is because I do like the writing style in general and it was very easy to visualize all of the happenings in the book.

I don't think I'll be reading the third, though.
Rebecca Matsumoto
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved the first book but the second book didn’t make any sense. Climbing up and down a constantly changing wall, constantly changing time structure, unclear purpose, confusing constantly changing villain. I was confused the whole time and couldn’t picture any of it in my head. I just wanted to get out of there.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 8 and 9 year old children (boy and girl) loved this book and the previous one. Beautifully written, creative plot, and complex characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it to my kids, and look forward to the next book.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Wysteria Campion
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This one was not as good at the first one, though enjoyable.
Anna Mcallister
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listened to as an audiobook with the boys, they enjoyed it and said they would listen to it again.
Christine Clark
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun book

Good clean fun for any age. The fun woods and creatures like Edge chronicles meets the magic of the Chronicles of Narnia.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Zander (4th grade) loves this series!
Logan Swain
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book, just as good as its predecessor (the Map to Everywhere). Didn't have quite the same charm as the first book, but still was a very enjoyable read. ...more
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Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of a lot of books. She use to be a lawyer. Happily, she is not anymore. You can keep it that way by reading her books:

If you like zombies, try the Forest of Hands and Teeth series.

If you like clever, fun adventure fantasy for 8-12 year olds, definitely read the Map To Everywhere series (co-written with her husband, John Parke Davis).

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