Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Book info:
TitleInk and Bone  
Author:  Rachel Caine
SeriesThe Great Library #1  
Genre:  YA Alternate magical reality/fantasy
Published:  July 7th, 2015
Source: Checked out from high school library where I work

Okay, this book had a lot of great ideas, and very interesting themes.  I'm not sure it was as good as I'd hoped though.  I ended up giving it 4 stars on Goodreads, but I almost feel like I would only give it 3 now, because I can't remember quite why I ended up giving it the 4.

This is a very unique story, telling about kind of an alternate universe or history, where the Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed.  First off, that would be so incredible if that was true.  So many things that the world lost when that was burned.  In this world though, there is also magic.  Magic is used by the library, as it is kind of a governing body in a way.  It controls what people can or can't read.  Everyone has what I think is a tablet type of reader.  On there they record a diary or journal of their own life, and when they die, their journal is added to the library.  

The main character in this story is a boy named Jess.  His parents are part of a family that is very big in the underground sale of actual, physical books.  Something that is highly illegal, people are not allowed to actually own physical books.  We start the book with a bit of a flashback to when Jess was young, and then we join back in when he is of the age that he can take a test and possibly go to work for the Great Library. While it seems that would not be something his family would want, or that they would feel he was betraying them, they actually encourage him to go, to be able to help them by giving them warning when there is about to be a raid, or even inside information on how to get or steal books that customers are willing to pay a lot of money.

When Jess gets selected to go be trained, things aren't quite what they seem.  While there are some areas he does well in, there are others that he does not.  He does seem to have one of the powers that are used to take books and send them back to the home location to be cataloged and put out in a way that the public is allowed to see and use them.  But once there he first meets a new friend.  A boy who thinks he has a great idea, a type of machine that can make the books more available to everyone, not just the librarians.  Well, this may be a bit of treason here.  And it may put Jess's friend in danger.  He will also meet a girl who is being chased by the library for her own types of magical talents.  They want to lock her up in the tower.  

In this world there are book burners.  They will set up to bomb an area, and in the bombing they do kill themselves, along with taking their own journal, so that the library will not have their record.  It is all of these things, a war also going on, treachery within the library, that Jess will have to deal with.  Along with a brother that he is not quite sure if he is on his side or not.

There's a lot in this story.  And I will probably at some point go and read the sequel, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped to.

8 comments:

  1. I didn't enjoy this one as much either. A lot of good history but it moved so slowly.

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    1. Exactly, it just seemed to move slow, and it didn't really make me just HAVE to pick it back up whenever I had time to read. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This one caught my eye because of the bookish elements but I keep seeing mixed reviews for it. I definitely don't feel like it's a book I must read now though I might pick it up at the library one day. I'll definitely keep my expectations on the lower side.

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    1. It wasn't bad, and if you ever have extra time, I'd say give it a try. But I wouldn't be in a rush to fit it in or anything. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. I do the same thing when I rate a book on Goodreads! I just finished Heartless and was wavering between a 3 and 4 and then I went back and gave it a 3 because I felt like I wasn't being truthful. I just hate to give a book a bad rating!
    And I'll be honest, I'm a little bummed you didn't like this one too much because I was pretty excited about it! The description caught my attention a few months back when I first saw it.
    Emily @ www.rabbitholereviews.com

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    1. I hate doing the bad rating thing too! That's why if I don't finish a book because I'm not enjoying it, then I don't rate it. If I don't finish because it is just bad writing, etc., then I will still rate it and give it a review why it is bad. I was very excited for this one too, even requested the sequel on Edelweiss I think. But now I know I probably won't get around the sequel any time soon. You might try this still, you could probably like it even though I wasn't blown away. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I was so hoping to read a glowing review of this book! But I really appreciate your reviews because they help me choose my books. This premise sounds really good though.

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    1. It wasn't bad. Just not as good as I'd hoped. I might read the sequel at some point. Just will have to be in the mood. Thanks for visiting! Glad you like my reviews!

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