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Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) | Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone by Rachel Cain–Published by: Allison and Busby (Allen and Unwin)–Publication date: August 26th 2015–Price: $16.99 AUD–Image sourced from Goodreads

Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.

In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.

Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market book smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar . . . but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most revered institution in the world.

Those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…

I received a copy of this book from the publisher Allen and Unwin in exchange for an honest review.

Setting. To be honest I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book with it being a YA dystopian novel; I went through the dystopian phase with Divergent, The Hunger Games etc. and I became bored of it very quickly. But Ink and Bone, just WOW. I loved this so much and I want more! Though it is a futuristic dystopian set in our world in 2025, the society hasn’t quite developed the way we know it to be today. In some ways, it is a regressed society and gives the feel of a Victorian steampunk for the chapters set in Europe. This book has some amazing world building and, of course, I loved how dominant the library and learning is. I can’t wait to see how this world will change throughout the rest of the series.

Characters. These characters, what can I say? So well developed and amazingly flawed! I love it when the characters show their flaws because it makes them so much more realistic. The protagonist is great; he is not just knowledgeable, as the library requires, but he is also self-aware and has practical worldly understanding from his unusual—and not exactly legal—upbringing. I really liked the relationships between the characters: familial, scholarly, but not romantically. The romance in this book just seemed a bit forced and I feel that it was unnecessary and that the characters had adequate motivation without including this aspect. The only romantic relationship that I felt worked is the LGBT one (and I won’t say anymore because *spoilers*). As much as I loved the protagonist, one of my favourite characters resembles a much beloved/hated professor in Harry Potter.

Plot. The plot of this book is mostly what I was expecting from reading the synopsis and it was a little too predictable but there were some wonderful surprises! I loved the adventurous aspect of the book and hope there is more of this in the sequels.

Writing. I was so into the story itself that I often forgot to take notice of the writing! It just flowed so beautifully. One of my favourite things (that I did actually notice) was the sections between chapters that are like little messages that are apart from the story but they also bring another element to it and allude to/make connections to what is happening.

5/5 stars

Recommended to: Everyone who loves books!

Please Note: all opinions are mine and are not endorsed with any company or organization. 

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