Paper and Fire Review (Spoiler Free)

Author: Rachel Caine | Published: July 5, 2016 by New American Library | Series: The Great Library #2 | Length: 354 pages | Genre: YA fantasy| Source: I got this book from my local bookstore.

PLEASE NOTE: While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it may contain spoilers for the first book in the series.  So if you have not read the first book and do not wish to be spoiled please do not continue to read this review.  You can read my review on the first book here.  Thank you!

After surviving the introduction to the Library, Jess Brightwell finds out that serving in its army isn’t any better.  He meets with his friends in secret as they plan to free one of their own.  As they carry out their plan to free their friend, the Library’s automata turn on them.  They escape to London to find that the Welsh army is approaching with plans to burn the city.  Soon, Jess must choose where his loyalties lie between either his friends, his family or the Library, who is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone to keep control.

Starting up right where Ink and Bone ended, this book did not fall into the “second book slump.”  There as almost the same if not more action in this book compared to the first!  the Library is so ruthless and cold-hearted that it’s scary at times.  They will do anything to stay in power.  I loved getting to delve a little deeper into the world of the Great Library and see the lengths to which they would go to hide information from the public, and how on the reverse side, people would die over owning and smuggling real books instead of the Library issued blanks.  One thing I can say is poor Frauke.  Her story cannot end like that!!  I absolutely adored this book, and cannot wait to start the next in the series!

This book has some amazing quotes that really make me think of how much of an impact books can have on anyone.  “Books spoke mind to mind, soul to soul across the abyss of time and distance.”  “With the right books, we can change everything.”  “We’re just paper on a shelf, in the end.”  That’s only a few, but I literally could go on and on with all the amazing writing contained in this book.

The deeper and deeper I get into this series the more and more I am reminded of Fahrenheit 451, which was one of my favorite reads in high school.  The Burners remind me of the firemen in the way that they would burn books almost as a statement.  It’s making me desperately want to read Fahrenheit again.  If you have read it and liked it, I highly recommend that you pick up this series! Do it! Do it now!!  You won’t regret it!

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

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