Book Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

20643052Title : Ink and Bone

Author : Rachel Caine

Publisher : NAL

Release date : July 7th, 2015

Rating : 4/5

Synopsis (from Goodreads) :

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 his friend 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…

Review :

Ink and Bone was a fast-paced and exciting read! And it’s perfect for book lovers J

Jess is 16, and is a book smuggler. However, unlike the rest of his family, he actually loves books, and doesn’t only see them as a means to make money. His intelligence and his passion for reading get him into Library training in order to become a Library worker.

Guys, he’s 16. In the midst of all that is happening around him, we can feel his sixteen-ness. How rare is it, that characters actually act their own age? Jess is not a cold-faced boy. He flirts, and winks, and has those sudden urges of innocent teen recklessness. He is ADORABLE. He’s a bright and pragmatic boy, capable of empathy and compassion. Again, how rare is it that we have male characters who have feelings?… 10 points for Jess, and 100 points for Caine, for having created such an amazing character.

It’s actually so obvious that Caine is an experienced author. The pace is great; whenever I feel like a subject or event has been used up to its complete capacity, the plotline goes right on to the next one. Nothing feels dragged, and there’s always potential for action at the next corner. The descriptions are amazing; I actually feel like I could be there, and see what they’re seeing. Caine is expert at revealing secrets little by little. She keeps her readers waiting for more, without ever making them wait too long.

The chapters alternate between the actual events, and official documents relating what is happening behind the scenes; the secret messages being passed around in the Library. I love when books introduce new ways to relate a story. It’s always refreshing. I noticed that Ink and Bone is the parallel to our real world’s debate about eBooks and print books. But Caine doesn’t drive us in one direction; both formats are presented with their pros and cons.

There is a sense of mystery, but also companionship coming from Jess and his friends. It’s like a school of elite students. I really liked all his friends, who all add their own personalities to the mix. They come from different backgrounds, and Caine made sure to respect their culture and their way of thinking.

All in all, great work from Caine! I would recommend it to all YA lovers.


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

  1. Anne says:

    I absolutely loved this book as well (and doing a giveaway of it now 😉 ). So I agree with all that you said here; great review! Just 1 question: why u no give it 5 stars? :D.


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