Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

 

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About the book:

With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

Cover of Rachel Caine's Paper and Fire

Review by Katy Haye:

Well, I utterly consumed Ink and Bone (first in the series). I enjoyed returning to Jess and the world of the Great Library. And yet … it didn’t captivate me in quite the same way second time around. I didn’t feel as bought-in to Jess’s dilemmas this time around. I think it might be that the library has become a bit of a bwa-ha-ha villain. An organisation is made up of people, and I couldn’t quite believe that all those helping the library to repress progress would either do so unthinkingly, or had agendas that chimed with the chief librarian’s. There were chinks in the armour and people who thought differently, but I think for me it simply felt too black and white.

It was still enjoyable and easy enough to read. Maybe it’s just that my expectations were set so high in Ink and Bone that it was never going to deliver!

If you haven’t already, read Ink and Bone and then move on to Paper and Fire if you feel like it.

Katy Haye is reading (and reviewing) her way through the alphabet. When not reading, Katy writes speculative YA fiction. Discord “The Matrix meets Planet of the Apes” is currently available.

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