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 book 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 books will burn. . . .
This one surprised me. I got the paperback not long after it was released, excited to read it. But either I wasn’t in the mood or something about the writing didn’t hook me, I stopped. I then tried the audiobook, and loved the narrator! I had high hopes, and those hopes didn’t let me down. Ben Allen narrates Ink and Bone, and wow, does he make the characters come alive or what!? All the characters have their own individual voices, accents and all, and I was hooked line and sinker. I became so engrossed with Jess, and his experience with the Library.
The idea that the Great Library controls everything related to books, and having originals is seen as illegal and people can only read Blanks (which from what I can gather are just copies of the original?). There’s a whole black market system going on in the background and everything. It’s fascinating.
The great (yet somehow confusing) understanding is that if I’d just read the paperback, I wouldn’t have known the accents these characters had. Especially Scholar Wolfe. Who knew he’d be Scottish?
And those that started out as complete assholes, turned out to be decent human beings – except the owners of the Library. Who knew they’d be the villains? It’s amazing.
Jess was a very easy character to like, but that didn’t mean he was a simple person with no flaws. No, he had a lot of challenges to face and it was heartbreaking some of the things he had to go through, the secrets he had to keep and the people he had to lose. It’s amazing how much war and sacrifice goes into this story and it’s quite shocking, some of it, when I was listening and covering my mouth in horror.
Besides Jess, and Morgan – I was shipping Jess and Morgan so hard! – my favourites have to be Thomas – though I wasn’t sure about him at first – and Khalila (Probably spelling that wrong…oops). I mean, in a way, I came to care about all of them.
One thing I had trouble figuring out though was whether this was set in a fantasy future, or an AU past time…either way, it’s one hell of a ride. I need book 2 but I’m concerned there won’t be the same narrator 🙁 I have a hard time picking decent narrators because of their voices. >_<
Anyway, if you haven’t read this, I implore you to do so!
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