Ink and Bone (The Great Library Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Ink and Bone (The Great Library Series #1) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Rachel Caine


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In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.... 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. 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 his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe knowledge is more valuable than any human life--and soon both heretics and books will burn....

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ISBN-13: 9780606393287
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Rachel Caine's Great Library Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 807,410
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rachel Caine lives in Fort Worth, TX.

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Ink and Bone (Great Library Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is one of my favorites! The characters are phenomenal and the story line is original and fun! What more could you want?!
NovelKnight 9 months ago
You would think a book about books would be a total win but I really struggled with Ink and Bone. I've tried reading this book several times over the years and really wanted to love it. The idea of an alternate history where the Library of Alexandria survived (THE DREAM) and you can be chosen to help protect its works sounds like the best job ever. But the execution of the story just wasn't working for me. I was never really grounded in the time of the story. We know it's an alternate history from ours so things are going to obviously change. I got an ALMOST steampunk vibe but not enough that I'd actually call it that. And so I was just kind of confused the whole time and never grounded in the world, or story for that matter. The protagonist, Jess, didn't have a perspective on the story that I really cared about. For the most part, he seemed far less interesting than the other students, each of which had far more interesting secrets going on in the background. So I lost interest on the character side of things too. Plus, this magic system was just. . . well I didn't understand any of it. The entirety of the world of Ink and Bone came off as a jumble of details rather than concrete building blocks that shaped the reader's experience through the story. Surface level, as it were. Maybe this was intentional with the expectation that everything will be explained in a later book, but that requires wanting to read the next one. I will say that I tried this on audiobook after struggling with the eBook and neither worked well for me, which makes me think the book itself was a bad fit. The narrator wasn't terrible or anything, so I would recommend the audio if you like the story itself. That's where I had issues. I have no clue if I'll ever pick up the rest of the series but they're not high on my list.
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
Every time I see this series pop up in the blogosphere, the word "underrated" is attached, and I couldn't agree more. Ink and Bone is a dystopian world based on books, with a smidge of science and alchemy, a lot of war, and lots of adventure. It's definitely a series more YA bloggers need to read, because it deserves a lot of love for the idea and execution alone. I had problems with the book as a whole, but I STILL want to step into this world. However ill-advised that may be. The idea behind this series is that not only did the Great Library of Alexandria survive, but it's now the force that governs the world. This is a world where information and the distribution of knowledge is highly policed and the written word is all but illegal, unless it is the words that the Library gives you. When we meet Jess Brightwell, he's a runner for his family's illegal book selling business. His father recognizes that Jess loves books more than he loves family and money, and so he gets his son a spot to serve the Library - if he can get in. Of course, from the inside, he can slid his father a few rare volumes to sell. Right? It's so much more complicated than that. The treachery of the Library runs deep, and there is war. There's a lot that Jess doesn't know about the Library, but he's about to learn it. And what better place to learn than Alexandria? I thought some characters were better developed than others. I agree with other reviewers who said that character development seemed to stagnate midway through the novel - I really would have liked to see more of an emotional tie between the characters at the very least, but any changes felt uneven and superficial. They were at best unbelievable, and altogether unimpressive. Also it should be noted that this is a very shabby book, so don't get too attached to anyone? They may well die. I also felt that the plot was a bit scattered. There were some scenes that were so strong and really pulled me into the world, but the pacing jumped all around the story switched directions quickly. The changes upped the tension and adventure, but I found it a bit frustrating because just as I was beginning to settle in, we'd be off to something new and I missed what had been left behind. This is a personal preference, I think. What I LOVED was the world building. I was so intrigued by the dystopian world that it was easy for me to put aside the shallow nature of some of the characters and the zigzagging of the plot. I wanted to drink in every small detail offered. At the end of the day, it was the world itself that drew me in, and because of it, I forgive the other nitpicks. Overall - definitely needs more overall love in the community. I loved it, I'd recommend it, and I will probably read it again someday.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story! I have wanted to read this book ever since I first started seeing a lot of great reviews for it. I then started noticing that people not only loved this book but they were loving the other books in the series. That sealed the deal and I knew that I would have to work this book in very soon. I ended up reading almost the entire book in a single day. I am starting to understand why everyone seems to love Rachel Caine's work as much as they do. One of the things that I really loved about this book was the world building. What a vividly detailed world to spend some time in! As the book progressed and we discovered more about how things worked, I was amazed. The descriptions of the technology were so well done but I don't think I am going to be signing up to be transported in that world anytime soon. The politics and inner workings of the library were intriguing. The cast of characters in this book were wonderful. We see things from Jess's point of view and I liked his character from the very start. He proved that he was brave and able to think very quickly. The other candidates for joining the library were all so different but each added something to the story. I liked some of these characters quite a bit from the very start, like Thomas. I needed a little more time to get to know some of the other characters a bit more before I really liked them but by the end of the story, they had all won my heart. I highly recommend this book to others. This book has really left me eager to see what is going to happen to everyone in the next book. I will definitely be reading more from Rachel Caine in the very near future. I received an advance reader copy of this book from Penguin Publishing Group via Blogging for Books.
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Having a library in charge of the world's knowledge sounds like amazing things. With the goal of the library being the preservation of original works (think old school documents and hand-made books) and the distribution of books through blanks (think tablets only in the shape of a book with actual pages), The Library seems to be a force for good. But when the wrong people are in charge, knowledge and innovation can be stifled and withheld. This is The Library as it is today. Jess Brightwell isn't the most obvious choice to work as a librarian, but it's his life goal. The son of a smuggling family, he's access to information and books that most people are not allowed to see. He has a love of the written word and longs to know more. Most of the story revolves around Jess after he accepted for training in The Library. They are an interesting group, and I really enjoyed how their personalities clashed and meshed in various ways. The training in intense and often dangerous. And, most of all, eye-opening. Jess realizes The Library isn't the idealist entity that he looked up to his whole life, and he has to come to terms with some very hard truths about himself and his fellow trainees. One of the really fun aspects of the book are the little snippets into the Black Archives or destroyed works that are deemed too dangerous for the public. Through these little bits and pieces, the reader is able to see into the heart of The Library and its leaders, see into the past and how it took the wrong turn into tyranny. This was a fantastic start to a new series. Amazing characters, an intriguing world, and a search for a better way to use the vast knowledge of the world. **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book**
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
A book about the Great Library of Alexandria, and a fantasy to boot. I was sold and knew it would be a good fit for me. Owning books is forbidden in this world. You can view and read books through the use of alchemy, but can’t actually own a book. I don’t know about you but I love my physical books. I just know I’d break the rules and something terrible would happen. And so it goes with this story. Jess breaks the rules with his illegal cache of books. How interesting as he’s assigned to spy on those who break those very rules. When something wondrous and potentially dangerous is created it could change the world. Chaos ensues and it’s not just books that will be burned. Ooh, now how does that grab ya? Once I got familiar with this world I was quickly swept away. Lots of intrigue and suspense kept me enthralled right to the finale. This is an exciting beginning to a promising fantasy series. I’ll be visiting it again.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Ink and Bone is the first book in The Great Library series by Rachel Caine. It is 2025 in London. Everything is controlled by The Great Library. The Library is the keeper of knowledge, wisdom, and information. Jess Brightwell is the son of Callum Brightwell, a book dealer. Unfortunately, dealing in real, original books (hard covers with printed pages) is illegal. Jess is taught the business from a young age. He starts out as a runner where he delivers the illegal books to clients (and will be arrested if caught). The one thing Jess does love about the business is the books. He will read anything he can get his hands on (which means pilfering them from his father and hoping he does not notice). When Jess is sixteen, Callum buys him a placement in the Library training program. First Jess will have to pass a test and be accepted (which he passes with flying colors). Callum does have an ulterior motive, of course. Jess will be training in Alexandria where the Great Library is housed (other cities have satellite libraries). Callum will want Jess to acquire and deliver books. Jess is thrilled to get away (and hopes to find a way to avoid his father’s demands). The training is difficult and rigorous. Not all the candidates will make it through the training program. Their teacher is Scholar Christopher Wolfe and he is not thrilled to be teaching a group of postulants (as the students are called). Scholar Wolfe has no intention of taking it easy on this group. One by one the students are dismissed. Then the final group has to go on a dangerous assignment to save books in a war zone. Who will make it back alive? I enjoyed Ink and Bone for the most part. It is an interesting world (Rachel Caine came up with some unique things), and I liked the main character (especially his love of books and reading). There is a lot of action in the second half of the book (especially towards the end) which made it more interesting and gave the book a faster pace (better than the first part). Imagine a world where owning a real book (especially old, first edition books) made with paper and ink is illegal! The Library owns all originals and you can be arrested/jailed if caught with books (especially trading in them). There is violence and death in the book (if not for that it would more suited to young adults/tweens). I give Ink and Bone 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). I will be reading the next book in the series to see what happens next (I admit that I am curious). I received a complimentary copy of Ink and Bone from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the book. The comments and opinions expressed are my own.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
“The first purpose of a librarian is to preserve and defend our books. Sometimes, that means dying for them - or making someone else die for them. Tota est scientia.” INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine was one fantastic wild ride! It's the first book in a new series in which history is re-written and the awesome Great Library of Alexandria has survived. But, in an unexpected twist of fate, the Great Library now rules the world and libraries are restrictive places - not the libraries we know and love. In the author's world, it is actually illegal to own a book. Of course, people still crave to hold books - to smell them - to lovingly turn the pages - all activities that are strictly prohibited. So... an underground black book market flourishes. This story is told from the view of Jess Brightwell, a young man who was raised in a family whose business is book smuggling. Of course, that line of business is frowned upon as the Great Library controls access to all books. With the encouragement of his father who aspires to have an insider spy in the Great Library, Jess becomes an applicant to a possible position there. However, applying is by no means an assurance of obtaining a position. Positions are highly coveted and limited. The competition is stiff. Within these pages, we meet the applicants who are competing for the few positions available. We attend the trials with Jess. There's learning experiences, underhanded deals, cheating, and political upheavals. With the Great Library, it's a given that what you see, is not what you get. Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from this read: “You have ink in your blood, boy, and no help for it. Books will never be just a business to you.” --- “They've all got stories, Jess thought. I need to know them. Best of all, he could know them. He could learn anything here. It felt like limitless possibilities.” --- “There are three parts to learning: information, knowledge and wisdom, A mere accumulation of information is not knowledge, and a treasure of knowledge is not in itself, wisdom.” --- “As Jess watched in numb horror, the man tore a page from the book and stuffed it into his mouth.”... “This was like watching murder. Defilement. And it was something worse than either of those things. Even among his family, black trade as they were, books were holy things.” INK AND BONE is well-written and perfectly paced. The word-building is quite imaginative. It was an enthralling reading experience. It is a YA book and includes just a small hint of a romance. This is actually the first book I've ever read by Rachel Caine, but it won't be the last. PAPER AND FIRE, the next book in this series, releases this coming week and I can't wait! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Reading_With_Cupcakes More than 1 year ago
Imagine living in a world where the Library is pretty much in charge. They have the only access to real books and everyone else only has access to special digital copies that don't really exist. The access only lasts for so long and then after that, the words are deleted. Each time someone wants to read the book, the words have to be created through a very complicated way, using Alchemists, and that way is diminishing. Then, since books are limited and hard to get a hold of, there is a group of thieves that steal and sell real copies of books. Some of which are very expensive because they are the only copy in existence. Those who can afford them sometimes only want to have them in their own personal collections...but others want to be the only ones who ever have access to the book so they EAT them. And then, there is the group that is against the Library in its entirety. They take books so they can do public demonstrations by burning them. They attack Libraries and Librarians. Once you have imagined this, you more or less have the world of Ink and Bone. It is a futuristic world of the one we currently live in. However, it is far from wonderful. Aside from what I already told you about the world, there are also countries at war with one another. And there is a lot of turmoil between pretty much everyone no matter where you turn. Our main character in Ink and Bone is Jess Brightwell. He is a son to one of the illegal book sellers. And his father has forced him to go to the Library and to try to become one of those in the inner circle. You guys have no idea how complex and wonderful this world is. There is so much to it and so much going on. You never quite know what is going to happen and to who! It keeps you on your toes the whole time! I also really enjoyed the school aspect. It was depicted in a way that I would have loved to go there myself and to study. If I couldn't go to Hogwarts, I would want to be able to go there. I think I loved pretty much every single character we came across, least those characters we were supposed to love. They were all very well developed and had a lot of layers to them. Almost every single character was well crafted. The only exceptions to this was when they were characters meant to live very much in the background and to not really be noticed. All in all, I loved this book. I could see how it could have actually been our world if we solely went with digital books and removed all physical copies. It wasn't too much of a stretch really from what we already have. Just twist some history points around and you have the world that Ink and Bone gives us. Very very creative and wonderful. My Rating 5 Stars Find more of my reviews here: This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Ink and Bone - The Great Library 1 Author: Rachel Caine Published: 7-7-15 Publisher: Penguin Berkley Group Pages: 360 Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Sub Genre: Dystopia, Teen & YA; Romance ISBN: 9780451472397 ASIN: B00OQS4BQQ Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars . Book Blurb, "Ruthless and supremely powerful, The Great Library is a major presence in every city and it governs the flow of information 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." Can anyone say Fahrenheit 451? Ray Bradberry's book scared the very devil out of me in the 7th grade. The possibility is there today. They will allow any movie to be made and purchased, but books are banned for content or source of origin. Imagine what is would mean if the Library of Alexandria survived the passage of time and had not been destroyed. What if it was the only source of written material to every corner of the world. What would you do if it was illegal to privately own a book of any kind? That to do so was punishable by death, would you defy the law? That is what Jess Brightwell's family has done for generations. They deal in the black-market trade of books. Jess grew up loving books, the way they feel in his hands, their weight and the way they smell. Jess does not refuse when his father sends him to become a Library Trainee and become a spy for the family. Soon Jess because to question why he is there. He is not sure the Library is as bad as his family believes. He begins to doubt where his loyalties lie. The longer her trains the more he question the Library, his fellow trainees and his family's business. When Jess is charged with heresy for a device he invented that would change how the Library works forever. Jess learns of the real power behind the Library and that they are more ready to kill anyone they feel threatens The Library. Just as Bradberry's vision of the future frightened many who read Fahrenheit 451 so should The Library. How can it not? Rachel Caine has done a fabulous job of creating a world with her words that the reader can envision and feel they are there walking down through the library. Holding the few books in private hands. Feel the fear of those hunted by authorities. The characters both main and secondary are well developed and believable. This is a new series and for an opening book it is a great start. Book two Paper and Fire will be out this July and will continue where Ink and Bone leaves off. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
The Great Library of Alexandria has become the greatest power in the world, completely in control of the distribution of knowledge to the population, with a sister library in every major city on every continent. The people are not allowed to own their own books, it is illegal. But that doesn't stop everyone. Jess Brightwell grew up running books throughout London for his father, a black market smuggler. When Jess is sixteen, his father sends him for Library training, this way they can have a spy on the inside. Jess' loyalty to his family is tested as he enters training and makes friends among the other postulates. When one of his friends inadvertently commits heresy, Jess must find a way to help his friends and possibly stop the library's tyranny. I liked this book very much. Being so attached to books myself, the idea that the great library of Alexandria could have survived is entertainment itself but to turn it into a controlling monster.... I love how knowledge is seen as being so important in this story, though I hate the people who have used this knowledge as a way of controlling the people. I must admit, I had a hard time picturing these people in this day, as the modern people. I felt more like I was reading a historical fiction rather than a distopian historical fiction. I was a little disappointed by the lack of action in the first half of the book. After reading the blurb on the cover, I expected much more action, including the act of heresy, to happen much sooner. However, once it does pick up, I was not disappointed and I found that the first half of the novel to be completely awesome and necessary. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story about books, not to mention the wonderful distopian, evil government, fantasy novel.
Daisy44 More than 1 year ago
Well, that was interesting, but in a good way. I'm not sure why I wasn't expecting what the author gave us by way of the story - maybe I didn't read the introductory blurb correctly or missed key elements. Overall it was much more steampunk than I had imagined. That portion should not have surprised me at all considering dear, slightly mad Myrnin from the Morganville series. In fact, the violence and death should not have surprised me either. So why did this story about a group of young people competing for a spot in The Library stump me? I'm just not sure. Perhaps my love of our libraries blinded me. This library is not our library. [It could be when you consider how those in power like censorship or if eBooks were the only reading material permitted.] Rachel Caine created a world/an alternate universe where The Great Library of Alexandria (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) became super powerful, gathered all written material, and decided what should be destroyed/hidden, kept, or shared. The society created through this endeavor is filled with burners, ink lickers, smugglers, etc. It is a well thought out world. The story structure is comprised of chapters filled with action and in between we see correspondence from high ranking Library officials. These ephemera provide the reader with additional information the postulants do not have. The setting and structure aside, a good story also needs good characters or character development. I really like how Rachel Caine developed her characters. The unsympathetic ones we dislike from the start. Sympathetic characters we like right away. Others may start out seemingly unsympathetic until we find out more about them either through action or a Library missive. Then we may like them more, love them, or be wary of their potential. Wolfe: physically he appears in my mind's eye as a combination of Karkarof (with much better teeth) and Snape from the Harry Potter series. Wolfe's secrets become known to the reader early on, but not all the details are revealed. His character opens slowly and he moves from stern and unapproachable to caring and proud. He does his best knowing his limitations. Santi: easily my favorite character (I fear for his future). This soldier and bodyguard is much more. The way his character evolves, as well as his relationship with Wolfe and his students...impressive. He is quick and his thinking tactical and wise. There is a reason he holds the rank he does. Jess: the main character, the hero - I have a love/dislike relationship with him. Instead of seeing his efforts as contributions, he whines about being used. Get used to it, kid - everyone's talents and expertise are used to help situations and survival. Outside of those instances he focused on being a victim, Jess grew from a scared student to minor soldier to caring friend. He sees the growth of the others and as his/her situation changes he embraces the others as comrades in arms and then friends. If you're looking for a book with diversity...this is the series to try. Boys and girls from all over the world compete to become a part of The Library. Each has their own reasons for competing. Each has secrets. In the end, I really liked and enjoyed this book. Some scenes were shocking, but I wouldn't give the movie an R rating. More like a PG-13 for violence. While I look forward to the next installment, I hope the series isn't quite as long as Morganville.
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anythingnovel More than 1 year ago
This was a hard book for book for me to pin down. At first I was a bit confused about the premise and I had to read about 100 pages before really diving in. I think it is because this book seems to be part dystopian/part fantasy. It is so much more than exploring the idea of a still surviving Library of Alexander. There is an oppressive government and constant monitoring, as well as magic that is used to update and catalogue the Library. I think this book does a great job of setting the scene for future books in the series. We learn about Jess’ character and his initial trials that will push him towards his future decisions. We meet the characters that are likely to both help and harm Jess’ efforts and we are introduced to the world that all of this will take place in. With this solid base established, I am interested to see where Caine takes the series in future books.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars - Original Review at Ink and Bone is a spectacle of awesomeness. I really enjoy Rachel Caine, I have her Weather Warden, Outcast Season and Morganville Vampires series and have enjoyed them all. So when I heard she was starting a new series I grabbed the first book. Then I didn’t read it for three months, and now I am sad I waited so long to read it but happy that it pushed me a few months closer to book two (Paper and Fire). The world built was rich and dynamic and oh so captivating. Set in a world where the great library of Alexandria was never destroyed; it instead is the leading power. The Great Library pushes down what it considers subversive thought and controls all of the knowledge. Books are not allowed to be privately owned and strict punishment is handed down to those who are caught owning and running illegal books. Jess, the lead, is deeply conflicted and torn between his family and his future and is a character you can truly root for. The characters were vibrant and detailed, even the ones you know are going to end up as cannon fodder. The plot was very inventive and full of action. A lot of first in a series books are so focused on world building that they are light on the action and this was not the case. I was very glad that Ink and Bone was not a cookie cutter dystopian YA novel; it was a fresh take on an alternate time line and it was great.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Having already read author Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series years ago, I was excited to get reading her newest series The Great Library. If the cover wasn’t enough to hook your attention and tell you that some serious business was about to go down, the novel’s premise will. Imagine a world where the Great Library of Alexandria survived. What would humanity look like? What would the world be if all of those books had been saved and maintain through the ages? Ink and Bone tackles these questions and introduces readers to a unique, immersive world unlike any other. Set in the year 2025, the Great Library stands in Alexandria, with its’ respectful daughter libraries located all around the planet in the form of Serapeums. Jess Brightwell’s family is dedicated to running books from the Library—original pieces that have withstood the test of time—to the highest bidder. Now in his late teens and having faced the horrors associated with running, Jess’s father manages to get him an opportunity that will make his entire bloodline proud. Jess will become a spy within the Library, by training to join their ranks. But as it turns out, joining the Library’s ranks of scholars is a more daunting task than Jess once believed. Danger lingers at every corner and there’s no knowing just how far he will have to go to become one of them. What I loved most about Ink and Bone was the world that Caine has created. It is incredibly well-made and is easy to picture in the reader’s mind. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous about the novel’s setting. A future where the Great Library lived? What would that entail? So far, it meant a somewhat dystopic future where alchemists still exist in the form of heretics and where the ownership of a truly original book is outlawed. All in all, the plot itself wasn’t at all what I anticipated based on the description given on the novel’s jacket. I imagined that the story would be all about Jess running books somehow while within the Library and while that does come in (as it’s essential to Jess’s character) there’s so much more to the story. The majority of the novel is nothing but Jess and his fellow Postulants being graded by their Proctor and going through various ‘gauntlets’ too earn their placement within the Library. Very Divergent with less fighting and more problem-solving oriented challenges. The characters in Ink and Bone are all very diverse in both personality and ethnicity, and I feel that many readers will be able to find characters who they adore and characters who they despise. Personally, I enjoyed Jess’s character and the character Khalila. The two of them had great interactions that just felt so real to read. They’re both head-strong, stubborn and incredibly sassy when need be. Throughout the novel, you can’t help but wonder if what’s been deemed just in this world really is. The question of morality pops up throughout Ink and bone and leaves readers wondering what they would do if they were in this society. The novel does end on a bit of a cliff-hanger that should leave many readers eager to find out what happens next. My only issue with this book that I can think of, was the instances where high-intensity scenes would have their pace slowed down by unnecessary detailing. Other than that, it was a very entertaining read. I would recommend this novel to any readers who are looking for a novel where a group of teen protagonists are faced with multiple challenges in order to achieve an end goal (i.e.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book
KimHeniadis More than 1 year ago
The book instantly reminded me of Harry Potter. A smart kid not treated well by his family. Going off to school where he has a strict instructor. Jess becomes friends with a super smart girl and his best friend is a lovable guy who will be by his side no matter what. There’s also a fellow student who is viciously out to get Jess. And they find out that there is an evil force wanting to stop anyone who doesn’t think the same way. But there is so much more to this book besides… I like the alternative history angle of the story. The idea that the printing press as technology is continually surpresed by the Library of Alexandria is an interesting parallel to the world we live in with social media. It shows how the proliferation of ideas in countries where the media and internet isn’t government censored, to a comparison of countries like China, where it is censored. The book stresses the continual fight between the natural tendency for technology to advance in a way that allows for ideas to spread and the struggle of a power structure to control those ideas. What’s even more interesting is the question of who or what is allowed to generate new ideas, which is not really addressed in this book. In Ink and Bone the Library of Alexandria works very hard to obtain, preserve and make available, in a controlled way, the classic and existing texts. But in a world where the library controls the distribution of books and the content within those books, the regular people are not the idea makers. It is very hard, next to impossible, for their ideas to proliferate. Another really intriguing element to the story is the diary that everyone is encouraged to keep. These journals are an historical archive of every person’s life. They are treated with such reverence and respect, but are also revealed to be not at all private in the way they were thought to be. This is a not so subtle jab at Facebook and social media in general, where we give away so much personal information in exchange for social approval, but at the same time give away any or all semblance of privacy. Wrap around all of these thought provoking ideas with a couple of love stories, friendship, magic and slavery, and you’ve got yourself a really good story. *I was given an Advance Reader’s copy by the Ace/Roc promotional team. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I was not given any money or material incentives for an honest review of this book.
Reddjena More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this book: Instead of the Library of Alexandria disappearing, it becomes the "impartial" reservoir of all knowledge. Written books are supposed to be handed over to the Library, which leads to an extensive black market trade. There was a lot to like about this book, and I'm glad the author's already working on book 2! Pros: Diverse characters, full of personality Bits of ephemera between chapters to flesh out back story Main character learns to accept himself as an individual Just enough description, great world-building Homosexual relationship presented as accepted Cons: Sometimes the pace seemed distracted or slowed Character deaths, there were logical mostly, I just hate when named characters die :( This is definitely something everyone should read and share with their friends as soon as possible! I received this galley in exchange for an honest review through AceRocStars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of Ink And Bone by Rachel Caine from AceRocStars in exchange for an honest review. I want to start by saying this was the first work I have ever read by this author, and I was blown away! Right on the cover it says "knowledge is power". What could be truer? In the book, this power is hoarded, coveted, and controlled by the Great Library. People very rarely come in contact or see an original printed book. Instead they are shown "mirrored" copies on a blank (I picture today's e-readers when I try to imagine what they are like). But some works are never shared at all. They are locked up tight, the information they contain to radical and dangerous to be seen. That knowledge is owned by a rare few in the library, and that tight control is what has kept the library in power for so long. But there are those in the world who would like to see this power overthrown and to bring change in the world. The extremist are called burners, and they do exactly as their name says. They burn books and try to destroy the library piece by piece. But there are others too who just want to make things better. To not need "obscurists" anymore so they could all be free to live their lives. Jess, Wolfe, and Morgan may all have a hand in books to come to make this change occur. I hope so. I truly enjoyed this book. I felt connected with Jess, Morgan, Thomas, and Wolfe the most. The moments of actions in the book read very intensely and often had me on the edge of my seat. Ink and Bone definitely had a steam punk feel to it, but with a little magic, or alchemy, included. The ending left me right where it should have, with a healthy mix of uncertainty, excitement, and with Morgan's last written words to Jess, a dash of hope. I suggest fans of YA, fantasy, and steam punk alike read this book. You'll be glad you did!
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pepperjwooten More than 1 year ago
Ink and Bones by Rachel Caine 5 out of 5 Stars Very infrequently you find a book/author that truly speaks to every part of you, this amazing story did just that. The entire story, from the opening line to the last sentence, is seen, felt, heard, and absorbed in such a way that the characters are real, relatable people that you have to keep alive by reading just one more page. Full of variety, love, sorrow, deciete, and thickening plot Caine's story truly grows like a wisened narley live oak tree, branching out slowly with fluidity and finesse. One of my top 5 for the year! I hope I am given the privelage to read an advanced copy of Book 2. *A complimentary copy was given in exchange for an honest review* Pippa, My Secret Book Spot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not stop reading. Was sorry when I got to the end but am anxious for the next book