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 he 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...
4/5 stars (really liked it)
I thought it was a little confusing at first in terms of what kind of world this was set in. But once I figured things out I really liked it. I like that the main character whose mind we are in is a male. Also there is no great love story here although there are love interests. All the students, even the ones I didn't like I enjoyed reading about. The last 100 pages of the book really kept me reading and now I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.