Ink and Bone (The Great Library) by Rachel Caine
Published July 7th, 2015 by NAL
Genres YA, Fantasy
In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.… 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 his friend 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…
A YA fantasy book about books, sounds great! The synopsis of this book sounded really interesting to me, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The author does a good job with the world building and I enjoyed her writing, but I just never really got invested in the story. The main character, Jess, believes in the concept of the Library controlling the flow of knowledge and making it illegal for individuals to own books, but at the same time, he also helps his family run an illegal business retrieving and delivering books to wealthy customers. There are other characters in the book including Khalia and Thomas and the story does center more around the young apprentices who are learning to become librarians. Overall, the characters are likeable, I just didn’t find any of them to be there interesting.
There is a bit of romance in the book as well but mainly in the second half. The book is supposed to be set in the future in the year 2025, but it didn’t seem at all futuristic to me and there were some things, such as the mention of a printing press that actually sounded old fashion. Overall, I though it was an interesting concept, but I never really found myself invested in the characters themselves which then makes me not that interested in the actual plot. This is the first book I have read by the author and like I said, I did enjoy her writing and her world building, so I do plan to read more from her in the future.
Thank you to the publisher, Penguin Random House, for sending me a review copy of this book.