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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
The Great Libray of Alexandria is present in every major city and it governs the flow of knowledge. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly, but the personal ownership of books (actual physical books) is expressly forbidden.
Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowlede comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market (where old and very expensive physical books are traded for money). Jess is sent to the Library to start his studies; by his family as a spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library's service.
Jess starts to make friends with the other students during his time at the Library and when one of his best friends commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who are in control of the Library believe that knowledge is more important and valuable than any human life and soon both heretics and books will burn.
This book? OMG, I loved...first of all; it's not everyday we get to get a male POV and Jess? He is an amazing character, I wanted more and more of him. I felt for him in every single chapter, when he was doing his family's black market work and had to risk his life. And doing that when he was only a little kid? And then when he was at the Library studying and proving that he was worth being there? He is amazing and really, really smart and most importantly a great friend. And talking about friends, the side characters were amazing as well and I couldn't get enough of them also. Each of them had a special thing going on, even the teachers and I loved that the author took the time to explain each and everyone of them in detail in just one book.
The end of this book? A total cliffhanger and I was just glad that I already had the second book in my hand to read when I was finished with this one because I jumped right in. 4 out 5 stars.