Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone The Great Library #1 Rachel Caine Hardcover 368 Pages Source: Penguin Random House Published: July 7, 2015  Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Ink and Bone
The Great Library #1
Rachel Caine
368 Pages
Source: Penguin Random House
Published: July 7, 2015
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Goodreads Description: 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.…

I have been looking forward to this book ever since I saw a picture of the manuscript on Twitter.
The world in this book is just so interesting. In this world, there are three kinds of people: Smugglers, Burners, and people who work in the library. There really isn’t an in-between. The Library is basically the government. I think that if I lived in this world, I would be a smuggler of books. Wouldn’t be a Burner because burning books is looked down upon. And surprisingly, I wouldn’t want to work in the Library because it really shouldn’t be up to anyone on what people should and shouldn’t read.

I love that the main characters is basically obsessed with books like I am. To me, that just makes the book 100% better. This book is told in 3rd person. We only hear from Jess’s point of view. There are so many interesting characters. Wolfe, Thomas, Morgan, Santi, Dario. and a lot more. I really would have loved was to have read from the other characters point of view. That was my only problem with the book and hearing from other characters POV would have made the book 120% better for me. There is so much that happens in this book, I didn’t want it to end.

I think that even if you didn’t like Fahrenheit 451, which I didn’t, you’ll still love this book. The reason as to why I don’t like Fahrenheit 451 is because the government was burning books for the fun of it. The burners in Ink and Bone, burn their books to try to make a point to the people and the Library.

My favorite quote from the book is, “When you steal a book, you steal from the world.” Any other quote I write in this post and I’ll feel like I’m spoiling the book. When you start reading the book, have a pack of Post-It’s ready. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. This book is definitely one of my favorite books of the year. Definitely go and buy this book! I can’t wait until the second book come out.


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