Summary: “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 spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library 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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
This is one of the most underrated books on the planet. Ink and Bone was absolutely, positively amazing. The writing is gorgeous, the plot is unique, and the characters are interesting. It had everything. It wasn’t flawless, but I loved every minute I spent reading it.
I loved the writing. Caine writes beautifully. The writing is thick and the chapters are long, but for once, I didn’t have a problem with it. Unlike most books written this way, the plot moved quickly and I never felt as though I were trudging through words. The plot was paced so well. I never found it boring because something new was always occurring. Also, for once, the prologue felt necessary and was interesting. Go, Rachel Caine. Anyway, I cannot get over how unique this book is either. It’s set in an alternate world where the Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed and OH MY I REALLY WANT TO READ ALTERNATE UNIVERSE BOOKS NOW. Like, plot twist, this [insert historical event] never happened! I wonder what life would be like?? OH, and here’s some magic and awesomeness and crazy good characters.
I could scream for ages about how much I loved the main character, Jess. He was adorable, smart, and brave. Plus, he loved books and was disgusted to see something destroying a book. That’s my kind of kid. Not to mention, the other amazing characters in this cast. There’s Thomas, who I would die for. He was even more adorable than Jess and unbelievably kind. I actually loved that the main characters were boys because it’s a breath of fresh air for young adult fiction. You don’t usually see main male characters that aren’t there as eye candy for the female characters. It’s awesome. The main female characters in this were Khalila and Morgan. While I loved Khalila, I couldn’t stand Morgan. Khalila was intelligent and strong-willed. She had confidence and didn’t let people get in her way. I loved that. Applause for her. But then there’s Morgan, who, unfortunately, is as bland as a pita chip. I hope Caine goes more into her character in the next book.
I did have a bit of issues with the romance because it was flat. I didn’t really feel the chemistry between them. I kind of felt like it was there for the sake of having romance. Though, given that’s my only qualm with this book, I didn’t really have the heart to rate it lower. This is especially given how much I was screaming to my friends about how amazing it is. I think I screamed to everyone I know.
So now I’m screaming to you. Go read this book. It’s not well-known, but it definitely should be.