This series continues to leave me in angst. Jess and his crew manage to find themselves in even more hot water this time as they cross into enemy burner territory. This time Jess, Thomas, Morgan, Khalila, Dario, Glain, Wolfe and Santi is caught by burners and taken to their headquarters in Philadelphia. The group also meets back up with Jess’ family including his twin brother Brenden. The stakes are even higher as this group of rebels fights for freedom from the library and the liberation of knowledge.
All of a sudden (well for me anyways) this is a 5 book series. That’s good and bad. It’s good because the story continues to expound on the characters, making them much more dimensional. The story takes the reader all over this familiar yet foreign world where the Great Library of Alexandria is not destroyed and holds knowledge and power captive over the people of the world. Jess and his friends are so far from school, but their education continues as they uncover more and more corruption.
I loved where this book took us. Philadelphia is familiar and yet foreign to me as the author re-imagines this historical city in the hands of the burners. It felt like maybe the burners and these rebels have something in common, but I won’t spoil anything for you. I also really enjoyed seeing Brendan and Jess interact with each other again. It feels like a long time since they were in the same room. Jess and Brendan are identical twins but the similarities don’t stop there.
At some point in this story, the dream of a working printing press comes to life. I really enjoyed seeing Thomas and Jess working together on this. Fans of this series will not be disappointing with this installment as the group learns much and starts to form a real plan to counter the corruption of the library. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!
The Great Library
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Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #3
Also in this series: Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire
Published by Berkley on July 11th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Books & Libraries, Dystopian, Fantasy, General
Also by this author: Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire
eARC provided by Berkley
The unforgettable characters from Ink and Bone and Paper and Fire unite to save the Great Library of Alexandria from itself in this electrifying adventure in the New York Times bestselling series. Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny.... Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library's rule. Their time is running out. To survive, they'll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies--and to save the very soul of the Great Library....