This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #2
Also in this series:Ink and Bone
Also by this author: Ink and Bone
Genres: Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: New American Library
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon
Let the world burn.
With an iron fist, the Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion and, in the name of the greater good, forbidding the personal ownership of books.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower, doomed to a life apart from everything she knows.
After embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
This book will have a lasting impact with both book lovers and activists for personal freedom. The thread that is woven between both books is about the power of knowledge and its connection to personal freedom. It is a resounding call that few would dare to ignore.
Reading this book you are pulled emotionally in different directions. You are entranced by the world building of the libraries and other centers of knowledge and you want, no truly desire for someone to care for those beautiful books. You understand why the Burners want the Library to end its control, because if we were in that world we would also want our freedom. There are also the smugglers, would we, as book lovers become one of those. Heck, I know that I covet my books and if I were denied them I would have to find a way to have them. So who are truly the good guys and who are the bad guys because we can relate to all the groups, it is hard to take sides.
For me I felt that the book was predictable but I enjoyed the ride. The Archivist is still a bad guy, we knew that; Jess is still Jess. Glain has some character growth but she is still the girl we knew from the first book. The same goes for Khalila, Wolfe, Santi and the Brightwells. Jess’s family just sucks BUT there was a spark with Brendan that made me think that he may, in the next book, come off the “I suck! shelf.”
There was character development with Dario and he made some surprising choices that made him more interesting and Morgan has not really changed but it is her situation that will grab you. I think you can guess through the synopsis who the “one of there own is” and I am so glad for this because I loved the big oaf’s character.
So what is this book really about? Elements of danger, subterfuge, mysterious interactions, and more danger, no one is immune and you will feel for all the groups represented. Well except for the Archivist, let that guy suffer, no one is going to feel for him. It is a well-written book and leaves you “burning,” lol, for the third book in the series.
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this ARC of Paper and Fire*