Series: The Great Library #1
If it wasn’t for the fantastic concept behind this story, I probably would have given it 3 stars. The idea of an evil, power corrupted library was so cool! Hoarding knowledge from all over the world gave them great power especially when they fooled people into believing it was for their benefit.
The Great Library of Alexandria was the main library in the world. All knowledge was disseminated to other libraries and people through a process called mirroring. All original copies of works were kept in the Great Library, which allowed them to control what information was given to the public.
There was a black market for original works. Jess was raised in a family of book smugglers. The book smugglers just like the library placed the importance of the books and the organization over the lives of people. Jess was different from the other people in his family; he cared about people and preserving knowledge.
The world building was excellent. Everything was described thoroughly, so there wasn’t any confusion about how everything worked. The concept of this world was genius! I really truly loved it especially since it was drastically different from the philosophy our libraries work under. The Great Library was more like a government.
The characters needed more development. Jess was well fleshed out since he was the MC. Most of the side characters weren’t highly notable and didn’t have much personality. When things got a little crazy and people started dying, it didn’t pack a big emotional punch because I wasn’t attached to the characters in the first place.
It’s hard to say if this ended with a cliffhanger or not. Nothing major happened right at the end, so I’m not dying to have the next book right now. A lot of things were left open ended, so there wasn’t any resolution either.