Publisher: Allison and Bubsy
Publication date: July 7, 2015
Pages: 407 pages
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. . . .
A man cannot be reduced to paper, to lines and letters! He cannot be consigned to a shelf! A life is worth more than a book! Vita hominis plus libro valet!
Imagine a life where you can’t own books.
Imagine a life where in the library is our government.
Do you think it will lessen the corrupt? Think again.
I love this book! This book ended my reading slump and I’m really glad that one of my good friend suggested this. I don’t know how I can describe my love for this book but I will try. Be ready for books, deaths, secrets, villains turned into heroes, books, books and more books!
Even though I rated this a 5 out of 5. Of course, this is not a perfect book. There were some scenes that are dragging but it would not affect your reading experience. In this world, we would see how frightening it is to be in a presence of a government where “the truth is what the library wanted it to be”. Anything that will lead to mass production is a taboo subject here and once you create a “printer”, expect the worst aka death. The higher scholars here are also frightening because you wouldn’t know what they’ll be able to do to you. They will be full of insight in one point and then they will kill you in another point.
But there was a great balance in this book. From friendships, love, competing, secrets, betrayals, rivalries and deaths. Everyone has secrets in this book and it was a great experience when it starts to be unraveled.
This was such a diverse book and aside from my love of the characters and descriptions. I love how this is all about books. The love for books, the importance of books, how people would go all the way just for these books, how books can be a source of great power. It’s really entertaining and also it will keep you thinking. You can’t own books here, but you have an alternative. You can read it from your kodex, since it is already uploaded there. It is like e-books vs. physical books. How does having a physical book change your reading experience? Or you could still have the same experience even though you are reading it in an electronic format.
I hope everybody would have a chance to read this because it would really give you a different point on view. The sequel will be out this year, so you still have time to read the first book!
Thank you for reading up until here! And till next time!