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Ink and Bone
Ink and Bone: The Great Library | Rachel Caine
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 instantlybut 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, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his familys spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Librarys service.When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human lifeand soon both heretics and books will burn.
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I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show.
-Andrew Wyeth

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Laura317
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Starting this Audible book next. The premise sounds awesome!

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CaramelLunacy
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Started this one on a plane last night and am fascinated - the world is interesting and a twisted dystopia for booklovers with an apprenticeship system with shades of Harry Potter/Draco and maybe a bit The Magicians (but Jess irritates me less). I am tearing through it apace, and expect I'll be snagging the sequel soon!

julesG I absolutely loved this series. The final/fifth book was recently released. 1mo
CaramelLunacy @julesG Good to know they are ready for bingeing! 1mo
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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This one was pretty good, not sure I‘ll check out the next one in the series though.

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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Riding means reading!!

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BarbaraJean
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This has been on my TBR forever. I *tried* to buy it from Book Outlet, but accidentally ordered Ink & Bone by Lisa Unger.🤦🏻‍♀️ Libby to the rescue! And I loved this so much. Books! Alchemy! Automatons! Book smugglers! Apprentice librarians at the Great Library in Alexandria!😍Add in a secretive/dystopian library system—this pretty much checks all my boxes. I loved the world-building, I loved the characters, and I immediately bought the sequel.😁

Johanna414 I thought this was a lot of fun too! 3mo
ScientistSam I've been really enjoying this series! 3mo
Daisey I really enjoyed this as well, but I have yet to get around to the rest of the series. 3mo
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BarbaraJean
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1. New Suns and Ink & Bone
2. First line of the first story in New Suns: “When Galactics arrived at JFK they often reeked of ammonia, sulfur, and something else that Tavi could never quite put a finger on.”
First line of the story proper in Ink & Bone: “‘Hold still and stop fighting me,‘ his father said, and slapped him hard enough to leave a mark.”
3. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik and Inspired by Rachel Held Evans

#weekendreads

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sparrowssavvy
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What a unique concept! I absolutely love the creative idea of the Library as world power, almost like religion! I am so intrigued and want to know more! It had a few whiffs of Harry Potter for me, which I utterly adore, but it was still very much its own series. I love the bits of an alternate world history with an all powerful library in control. I am super eager to read the next book now!

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hes7
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It‘s a beautiful day, so I can‘t resist some (Samoa cookie) ice cream with my reading. #24b4monday #25infive

TheReadingMermaid Oh my, who could resist that??? 🍨 6mo
Andrew65 Great combination. 👏 6mo
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TheSpineView
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

📙 A book of poetry The Heart's Necessities, The Innocent Bystanders and Ink and Bone.
📙 One of my current reads, Ink and Bone, is an audio book.
📙 The Last Romantics

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💜 6mo
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Jas16
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Thank you so much Jee for this wonderful surprise!!! The book has been on my TBR for what feels like forever and I am so excited to finally have it in my hands. I love the bookmarks and card too. You really made my day.

Crazeedi So sweet!! 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Yayyyy glad it arrived! Hope you enjoy the book! I've never heard of it until I saw it on your TBR ☺️ 6mo
BethM Great book! 6mo
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thereadingowlvina
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Ah!!! Saw this on Rachel Caine's Ig! I'm soooo excited! Can't wait for Sep 3!!! 😁

#TheGreatLibrarySeries

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Grrlbrarian
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When it‘s so dadgum cold you bring your freshly-baked cinnamon streusel muffins and hot reads within easy reach of your bed for tomorrow AM 😊 Thank goodness we have an inclement weather day. Now if I could just teleport some coffee up here 🤔

Joanne1 I‘m suffering through the opposite conditions. Melting just stepping out of the a/c. Thankfully there‘s a storm brewing so the temp should drop soon. 9mo
hes7 Yum! 😋 9mo
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ashley_gilman
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We are about to start dystopian lit circles at school, and this is going to be one of our options. I figured I should probably read it before my kids do 😂 I‘m enjoying it so far!

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ForeverReading
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Anyone ever read this? Thoughts???

Elma I read this several years ago and really enjoyed it. I haven't read the rest of the series yet, but I want to. 9mo
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Skylandar
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I really liked this book. I look forward to reading more of the series. The characters were relatable and interesting. I felt invested in the story and enjoyed the ride. Picturing this world in my mind drew me in further as it is magical and steam punk with a bit of Egyptian mythology mixed in for good measure. There is love, comaradiriery and intrigue. Little slow to start, but worth it as the story ramps up.

SassyBookworm One of my favorite series!!! Hope you keep enjoying them!!! 9mo
Skylandar Thank you. I just started the second book in the series. 😀 9mo
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karenlees
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This book came with soundtrack suggestions and someone already made into a Spotify playlist. More of this please!

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Melissa_J
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Wow! This book was fantastic. So fantastic that I read the whole thing today! Great characters, an entertaining plot, and an interesting alternate world where all knowledge and books are controlled by The Great Library. I can‘t wait to read the next one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Daisey I really enjoyed this one, but I have yet to get my hands on the second book. 10mo
Elma I really need to read the rest of the books in this series. 10mo
Avatar.of.sonia Have read the whole series! OMG! I can‘t wait for the next one!!!! Totally recommend! 9mo
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Melissa_J
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There‘s a day and a half left in 2018. Can I get one more book in? Other than taking my daughter shopping tomorrow morning, I have no plans other than to read. Let‘s see if I can do this!

Ashley_Nicoletto You definitely can. 🤜🏼🤛🏼 10mo
Melissa_J @Ashley_Nicoletto seems you are right 😊 I may even finish it tonight! Have you read it? It‘s very good. 10mo
Elma I loved this book! 10mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Melissa_J No, but I think I own it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 10mo
Melissa_J @Elma I just finished. It was awesome! 10mo
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Skylandar
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Starting a new book. Very excited to start a new to me series. 😀

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WeeziesBooks
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I came home from treatment to this WONDERFUL package from @TheSpineView ! Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity! 💜💜💜💜 #AllHallowsReadSwap

Avanders 🥰🥰🥰 11mo
MaleficentBookDragon Yay! Nice package @TheSpineView 😂😳 11mo
TheSpineView @WeeziesBooks So glad you liked! Enjoy!😊 11mo
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This is what I‘m reading now. It‘s a re-read but I wanted it fresh in my mind before I read the next two in the series. #currentlyreading

Laylafinn What is this about? 12mo
BookishBelle It‘s about what the world might be like if the Great Library of Alexandria had never been destroyed but instead took over the world. Owning physical books is outlawed but there‘s a thriving black market which our main character participated in until he was sent off to be a spy in library service. It‘s really good! @Laylafinn (edited) 12mo
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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

I was a bit confused by the world itself.What I did like about the book was the characters and the friendships/relationships. I don‘t even feel like I should rate it as high as I have, given that I didn‘t quite understand what-all was going on. But, I liked the characters and given the situations they were in, I was interested to find out if they would make it out ok. Maybe a bit surprisingly, I think I will read the next in the series

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MrT
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My Portugal holiday read. Drawn into the Great Library and the world of forbidden books. I certainly didn't think the story would go the way it did but so glad it did.....roll on books 2, 3, 4 and 5.

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Johanna414
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It took me a few chapters to get into this, but I really enjoyed it once I did. I‘m looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

rekahlee I just finished this last night! It only took me a few days and I can‘t wait to read the rest too 😃 13mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai On a whim I just picked this up at the start of the week. I've been in the mood for a YA read. We'll see if this scratches that itch! 🙃 13mo
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Lylah
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So some news... I actually got the job as a Children‘s Literature Reviewer for a magazine that goes out to libraries so they know what books are worth getting and recommending!! 🎉🎉 Super excited to get paid to review books!!

Alfoster Yay you!👏👏👏👏 13mo
CouronneDhiver 🖐🏽 Amazing! 13mo
Aims42 Congrats!!! 13mo
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CaliforniaCay CONGRATS!!! that sounds like such a fun job! 13mo
LeahBergen Congratulations!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
Eyelit That‘s wonderful - congrats!! 🎉👏 13mo
Jas16 Congratulations!! 13mo
Kshakal That‘s amazing!!! Congrats!! 13mo
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Eggbeater
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Have a good week, littens! 💕

1. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
2. Imbolo Mbue
3. The Inbetweeners
4. Irish stew

#ManicMonday #LetterI @JoScho

thereadingowlvina Ink and Bone 🤗💖 13mo
JoScho 💛💛💛 13mo
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jfalkens
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My #bookoutlet book that got left out from my order came today and it came with a bookoutlet bookmark/coupon! 🤓 #bookoutlethaul #bookmail #bookoutlet #bookoutletsale #betterlatethannever

RadicalReader @jfalkens gorgeous book spines love how mesmerizing they are 13mo
jfalkens @RadicalReader they do have amazingly gorgeous spines 😍😍 13mo
Bookgirl I liked this book! 13mo
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Foxyfictionista
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📖📖📖📖 This book was a lot of fun. The author created a really interesting dystopian future. And I enjoy reading books about books so... 👍

Also, I just realised that I took this picture whilst wearing my boxers of the Paris metro. Sorry. 😅

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SimplyShelia
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An unexpectedly unputdownable read for me. Imperfect YA with what I personally find to be a bit too much romance, but to be fair at least the main romance does not become the focus of the book. Jess is faced with survival and impossible choices while learning that enemies are at every turn. Who can be trusted? Can he adapt to his new life? He knows he can't return to the life he had before.

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BookaholicNatty I used to have those sheets and miss them so so so so so much!!!!!!!! 1y
SimplyShelia @BookaholicNatty My dog has decided that flat sheet is his. He refuses to leave it on the bed so I finally gave it to him lol 1y
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"The destruction of Rayy taught us that calculated politics and unthinking rage—make no mistake, the two are sometimes hand in hand—are the greatest threats knowledge can face.”
― Rachel Caine, Ink and Bone

TheKidUpstairs It's nice to see your name popping up in my feed again! 1y
Seshat Awwww... Thank you, @TheKidUpstairs 1y
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thereadingowlvina
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Day 3: #ReadingResolutions

When it comes to #friends, I think the diverse and iridescent characters from #TheGreatLibrarySeries is the epitome of genuine friendship & acceptance. I absolutely adore this wonderful group of friends 💕

@Jess7 #ReadingResolutionsAug2018

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bookishkris
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Chances that I‘m going to finish rereading this plus the next two in the series by the time my preorder of Smoke and Iron shows up at 10 pm: approximately 0/100.

Chances that I‘m going to read like hell anyway: 100/100.

Looking forward to a Great Library coma.

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thereadingowlvina
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Not too bad though I only really enjoyed and loved The Great Library series.

Total books read in 2018 so far: 62/100

Favourites: All 3 books in The Great Library series 💕

DNF 👎
❌ The Thieftaker's Trek (Joan S. Sumner)

#JuneWrapUp #2018JuneWrapUp #JuneStats #2018readingchallenge
#TheGreatLibrarySeries

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Bookgirl
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Enjoyable fantasy/semi-steampunk/revisionist history tale about a world where librarians hold and wield utmost power and books are the most valuable treasure around. Pretty hard to not love that premise, right? The story gets a little convoluted and I wanted more character development but this is a fascinating world the author has built and that made the book fun to read, despite its flaws. This is 1 in a series. I‘ll read more! #loki #dogsoflitsy

Laura317 That cutie peeping around the book. ❤️ 1y
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kate_reads
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I‘ve had this series on my shelf for forever—but I just got a copy of the fourth book today soooooo I guess I should get a move on 😅

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I know I‘m behind but I had to wait for school to end to start. I‘m starting this series today. #thegreatlibrarychapteraday

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JPeterson
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Typical Saturday morning - cats & books. 😉

Zelma Perfection! 1y
Eyelit Lovely! 1y
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I liked it—it‘s definitely YA, but I intend to read the rest of the series. I liked the characters and the plot is sufficiently twisty to hold my attention.

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rwmg
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Great group of characters in a gripping plot. I liked what saw of this world but have so many questions about how it deviates from ours.

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rwmg
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OMG! OMG! My sister works in Aylesbury library, though not under quite such trying circumstances

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rwmg
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A book at brunchtime

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InLibrisVeritas
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Finally got around to finishing this! I knew as soon as I heard it dealt with the survival of the Library of Alexandria that I had to read it, and it turned out to be a really engrossing read. Much of the plot was quite unexpected and I loved the odd mix of technology and alchemy involved. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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May was a great month! 17 total: 10 print and 7 audio. Best of the month in print was Ink and Bone & And Then There Were None. On audio Nevermoor, Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods were all excellent and recommended! The only one of the month I did not like was The Fates Will Find Their Way.

tammysue 👏🏻🙌🏻 Awesome! 1y
ReadingRuby Ink and Bone sounds so good! Definitely TBR 1y
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Jovy
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Very much enjoyed this book about books! My favorite is probably the diverse characters and how they solidly support each other. Starts out with a Harry-Potter-esque feel but totally stands on its own merits.

Thanks @GarthRanzz for hosting #TheGreatLibraryChapterADay, which made me pick this up earlier than I originally planned. 😊

abbsinwonderland Loved that series and LOVE that cover. 😍💜📚 1y
SassyBookworm I haven‘t seen that cover before but it‘s amazing 😍 1y
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MinDea
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Hey #TheGreatLibraryChapterADay readers! Helping out our host @GarthRanzz and getting a discussion going. What did everyone think of Ink and Bone? Open discussion now!!!

Please mark comments as spoilers and tag people so they know you are responding to them to continue the discussion!

MinDea I was pleasantly surprised how much I ended up liking this series. I love Jess, Wolfe and Santi! I am interested to see how Jess spies on Wolfe. Why do you think Wolfe assigned Jess like he did? Do you think he knew ahead of time that he would be used against him so he stationed him far away, doing something he doesn't want to do and only for a year? Do you think we will still learn about his classmates now that they are all split up? 1y
LibrarianRyan @MinDea yes. I think that they may be Split up but each will choose side and get down to 2 teams. Kind of like the rebellion and the alliance. 1y
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MinDea Interesting @LibrarianRyan I wasn't even considering that but that would make sense. 1y
MinDea I just ordered the second book so I will be behind until I get the book. Hopefully sooner than later! Has anyone already started it? 1y
julesG Agree with @LibrarianRyan, I think there'll be two sides. I would like to see Jess telling Wolfe he's supposed to spy on him, but I think Wolfe already has an inkling. 1y
julesG It was good to see that the story found its own twist towards the second half of the book. I hope for so many things to happen in the next parts. Freeing Morgan, Wolfe, Santi and freeing books. And I'm not yet convinced Thomas is dead. 1y
LibrarianRyan @julesG me either. I think he is hidden in a dark secret recess of the library, either being tortured or indoctrinated. 1y
MinDea @julesG @LibrarianRyan I also wondered if Thomas was really dead. I don't think he is, but wonder if they took him for other purposes. He is smart and his heart was in the right place but he just created something they feared. Wolfe did the same thing as Thomas. I think he is being indoctrinated. 1y
WorldsOkayestStepMom @MinDea I've already finished the second book! It better than the first, in my opinion. 1y
Chellebearss @MinDea @LibrarianRyan @julesG I was very sad when Thomas died so I really hope you guys are right and that he is still around. I‘m going to start the second book this afternoon and I‘m really looking forward to it. I was surprised at how much I liked the first book. 1y
julesG @Chellebearss @LibrarianRyan - If they truly killed Thomas for his blasphemous ideas, why not make it a public thing. An execution, or at least show his body to his friends, to show them what happens to people with ideas. Since that was missing, I think he's still alive. 1y
tonyahoswalt I really liked the book. A little disappointed that Jess was appointed to High Garda, but I do think Wolfe knew and did it on purpose. As a librarian, I find so many aspects of this series fascinating. I'm most curious to see how long it will take for someone to succeed in building another press and overthrowing the Library. 1y
LibrarianRyan @tonyahoswalt I agree. And I see some much reflection to today's society with Fake News, North Korea, etc and Fahrenheit 451 and 1984. Where knowledge was contained and you only knew what the head of society wanted you to know. 1y
readinginthedark @tonyahoswalt I think Wolfe knew, too! I‘m curious to see how Jess will do in High Garda. But I‘m most curious about Morgan and Wolfe and where their storylines will go. @julesG I think they keep the suppression of ideas quiet so that the people with great ideas will come to study and share their ideas—easier to root out naive, intelligent kids than rebels. No one else knows that they‘re being monitored and kept under wraps at all times. (edited) 1y
mrp27 I liked the book but it didn't blow my socks off. I agree with a goodread review that the ideas of the book we're more interesting than the book itself. I am curious as to what happens to the characters but I'm not entire sure if I'm curious enough to want to read the next book. Glad I read it. P.S. I don't think Thomas is dead either. 1y
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