Title: Ink & Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: 26 August 2015
Source: Allen & Unwin
Synopsis 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 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 boooks will burn..
This book had an interesting concept and the Historical aspects of the Library had me hooked all the way throughout. This novel is like a dystopia but set in a historical world filled with wars and riots and I found it very intriguing how it mirrored our own world.
The concept of the Library and its role in Jess’ world still remains vague to me but I believe that will be expanded on in future books. Bottom line is, the Library exercises control and the Resistance movements and the Black Trade that Jess’ family is part of offer an interesting dynamic. It makes you think about what is going on in our own world and how certain authorities might not be as truth worthy as they seem..
I thought Jess would be the ‘special one’, you know the typical YA Hero, the underdog who has special powers? well, in some ways he is but I like how in most ways he’s just average, the ‘special’ powers in this novel are equally divided among other characters which is great.
Apart from one horrifying experience that Jess has in his childhood (I believed this would make more of an appearance in the novel than just the beginning but it didn’t..okay.), I didn’t exactly connect with Jess. I couldn’t truly come to empathize with any of the characters, maybe it was the third person narration? I don’t know
The plot at the beginning of the book is slow going however, the action picks up through the middle and the book finishes at quite an interesting note. I also like the Diversity present in this novel, it’s not set in the US thank God and people from all different cultures are there to add that something more.