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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine: grind through the beginning, it’s worth it

“Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.

In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.”

I was so excited for this book. I mean, it’s a book about books. It’s a bookworm’s DREAM! A story like this has so much potential, and ultimately it was this desperate need for this book to be amazing that kept me reading.

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(sometimes you gotta weather that storm)

Let’s just get the not-so-great comments out of the way. The beginning parts of this book are tough reading. I think it’s great that you are thrown right into the world and it literally hits the ground running…

But why though? What you running for?

We meet Jess as a young boy, ‘running’ illegal books to clients across the city. But why does he need to run? With the book fastened securely under his clothes, surely it made more sense to walk and look less suspicious. Nothing says ‘criminal activity’ that a bunch of young kids legging it through the streets like they know they’ll be caught.

And then there was the automatons. Why do they kill innocent peebles?

*sigh*

I was not a fan of the start of this book.

 

 

HOWEVER!

This story goes from strength to strength and even though I feel like it has ‘kitchen sink’ syndrome in places, I was totally on board by the end. Once Jess and his new classmates reach the training HQ? Oh it’s on.

Does anyone else ship Wolfe and <insert spoiler free name here>? BECAUSE I SHIP THEM SO HARD!

QUICK SNAP REVIEW: A sketchy start but a solid set of characters quickly draws you in. Action. Adventure. Mud. Impossible situations.

If we lived in a world where “if it were me” was an actual option, I would have stretched out book one even further, maybe even left out some of the stuff towards the end. I think it could have been just as interesting to have the characters take longer to learn their craft(?). Like in Maria V Snyder’s Study series. The first three books are very easily defined by different periods in the protagonist’s life.

Concept – 4/5

Plot – 3/5

Ending or Twist – 3/5

Character(s) 3/5

Overall – 3.5/5

If you liked this book, then why not try one of these? It’s rec time!

inkandbonerecs

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YA writer. Epic reader. Professional procrastinator.

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