Book: Ash And Quill by Rachel Caine
Published July 2017 by Berkley|368 pages
Where I Got It: I borrowed the hardcover from the library
Series: The Great Library #3
Genre: YA Steampunk/Alternate History
Words can kill.
Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny…
Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.
Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library…
I really liked Ash And Quill! This has been a really cool series to read, and it really is amazing what the Library will do to keep their power. For some reason, I’m reminded of the Catholic Church and how huge it is- the Great Library feels like the library version of the Catholic church. I’m not sure if anyone gets the same vibe, but I really felt it in this book, more than the previous two books.
America really does have it’s own thing going on, and I really am curious about why there seems to be more dissent in America. Maybe because it’s further away, or it’s just what we do over here, but after this book, I’d really like to see more of what’s going on over in America, and if they’d be of any help to Jess and his friends. I doubt we will, but who knows what is in store for Jess and everyone else after the way the book ended?
I can honestly say that I really think Jess needs to keep an eye on his dad. I don’t trust his dad at all, and I half expected him to turn on his son. There is something awfully shady about him, and if he doesn’t make it, I’ll be happy. I really like the letters we see throughout the book, and it really shows what the library will do to keep certain things hidden and away from the general population. They’ll do anything to keep printing presses suppressed, and it was interesting to see how people reacted to the idea that they could print books themselves instead of going through the Library for books.
Things are getting a lot worse, and this is the darkest book we see yet. I think it’s a result of everything that’s happened in the series so far, and considering they’re prisoners in America, it’s also not surprising. I’ll admit that I am intrigued by what Morgan can do, but she seems to have this…vibe about her. Everyone wants to control her, and I still don’t completely understand why. I mean, it seems like there’s not a lot of people who can do what she can do, but I’m not completely convinced of her special snowflake-ness. Also, I don’t love her and Jess together, and it feels like they have zero trust and chemistry. At least Wolf and Santi are an amazing couple, and they really do see this group of kids as their own. Like it or not, they are a family, and they really are bound together.
It just goes to show that we can choose our family, at least to some degree, and that family isn’t always people we’re related to by blood.
I just want to know what happens next. What is Jess really up to with that plan of his, and how on earth does he think it’s going to work? It’s going to be a long wait for the next book.
4 stars. I really do think this is the best book. At least so far. I don’t find Jess and Morgan believable as a couple, but no one can compare to the awesomeness that is Santi and Wolfe. There’s a lot of twists and turns, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.