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Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 June 2010
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- Publisher : VIZ Media LLC; Illustrated edition (1 June 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1421534886
- ISBN-13 : 978-1421534886
- Reading age : 13 - 16 years
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.52 x 19.05 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 296,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 May 2020
A highly recommended series to any interested in some beautiful art, and a new spin to an old cliche.
This story follows a young woman who was sparked to join an armed unit of the library forces due to an experience she had as a little girl. It follows two people (and their group of friends) from a seeming mutual dislike to an incredibly deep love, which gets deeper in every volume. This series has a great balance of action, tragedy, suspense, and romance. It also has a way of making you care about the other on-going romances that occur in the series, which is a sign of great writing--being able to seamlessly balance multiple plots in a way that appears effortless. I've reread this series something like 20 times, and my eyes are still glued to the page every time I start reading.
This series isn't about love triangles or shallow high school romances. So if you're looking for a manga that embodies "Mean Girls," look elsewhere. This isn't that kind of story. It deals with a bunch of men and women who face a reality of any day being their last on a regular basis, so romance and friendship in this series are much slower and more meaningful. It's full of that complexity in relationships that occurs when you become an adult and have to make life decisions. It worries about politics and plays out tactical strategies. It is one of the smartest and sweetest stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and I highly recommend reading it.
The story itself is surprisingly poignant. At the heart of the "Library Wars" is a conflict between federal and local governments (Tea Party members take note!). The protagonist has to deal with the frustration of seeing her expectations conflict with practical concerns.
One thing: Ray Bradbury's novella Fahrenheit 451 is referenced (and revered!) in the LW universe but a distinction must be made. In Bradbury's novella *the majority of people stopped reading of their own accord*, the Firemen were actually redundant. In Library Wars, the censors are resented by a significant number (though clearly not a majority) of regular citizens.