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, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s 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 life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

July 7, 2015  |  352 pages
(Read from Nov 30, 2017 to Dec 7, 2017)
Grade: C    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 64% Entertainment, 36% Literature
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Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
I'm not trying to say that this is badly written, actually, it's very well written. The alternate world is very imaginative and sounded spectacular to me when I read the synopsis for it. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into it. I think this is definitely a case of "It's not you, it's me...because this book is not lacking in 5-star reviews.  (+1 vote)