Top positive review
5 stars. Unique and intriguing read.
13 April 2018
In summary; A unique, imaginative, intriguing and captivating story.
World building; The type of things the author came up with were unique and imaginative. The gadgets/technology such as the Automaton, or the Translation chamber, Also the names given to things and occupations such as; Codex/Blanks, Obscurists. To me showed an amazing unique creative parallel world.
The groups (the smugglers, burners and the library) and the ideals of the world in relation to the library and books, as well as those against those ideals were well written into the book, to make for an absolutely interesting and intriguing read.
Characters: The characters were brilliant and all well written to be part of the story, some having mystery and the way it was written made you want to get to know those characters better. Jess the main character, is a well rounded character also, you see him from his home/family life, an event from when he was younger of how he feels about books onwards to his journey to Alexandria. Forming relationships with fellow postulates and discovering that he is not the only one who is hiding something.
Story: Loved it. The idea of the library having control of the world and being the most powerful entity. Jess growing up in a criminal family and running errands for them and then being accepted into the libraries grasp as a postulate (a student learning to become a scholar) all while keeping his family business hidden. I wont go too much into the plot as I don’t want to give spoilers except to say that it has had me hooked and not once did I lose interest in this book. I went from book 1 straight to reading book 2, that is how good it is.