Title: Ink & Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Recommended for: 7th Grade and Up
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Caine, R.
Synopsis: Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…
Review: I really enjoyed this book. While I would put it in fantasy, it has more of a steampunk feel. Placement of time makes it feel old, but the technology makes it very futurist. It was a fun take on the power of libraries, even to the level of almost being abusive. It was a bit predictable at times, but it’s hard to surprise me anymore. I’m interested to see where the series will go, especially with where Jess is about to be placed.
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