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The Rithmatist (2013)
Brandon Sanderson

Geometric chalk drawings have magical power in this Harry Potter-like book for teens. In fact, it takes place in an "alternate universe" where Earth's history is different. Since "Rithmatics" was discovered there prior to the industrial revolution, it is a world where chalk drawings are important and machines are very primitive.

The main character is Joel, the son of the chalk maker at an institute for training "rithmatists", who dreams of being able to perform magic like his friends at the academy. He gets his chance to try when disaster strikes and many of the students at the academy disappear.

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According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
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  5. Your Magic or Mine by Ann Macela
  6. Phantom by Terry Goodkind
  7. The Gate of the Flying Knives by Poul Anderson
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  9. Voyage of the Shadowmoon by Sean McMullen
  10. The Number Devil (Der Zahlenteufel) by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

GenreFantasy, Children's Literature,

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