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Caine, Rachel.
New York : New American  Library, 2016
ISBN  0451473132

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What if the Great Library of Alexandria had never burned? What if it still existed, only more powerful, governing the world we live in? Jess Brightwell is a book runner for his family, smuggling original books to collectors on the black market. A job so dangerous, the simple act of owning an original book is illegal and considered an act of heresy. When he turns sixteen his father sends him to train as a scholar in the Great Library. He will have access to the most rare and valuable original copies of books, those that the Great Library will go to any extent to protect. Books and knowledge is lent via a codex, downloaded and sent electronically. The Great Library controls everything that is read and any knowledge that is shared. Jess Brightwell learns quickly that he isnít the only one hiding a dangerous secret. He soon learns the dangerous degree in which in the Library will go to control the knowledge it shares and how little value is placed on human life. When a machine is created by his friend that can jeopardize this control, Jess will find out just how sinister and powerful the Great Library really is. Ink and Bone is a wonderful adventure that will immerse you in a fantastic alternate world where knowledge is more valuable than those that seek it. (Prepared by: Kate Quertermous, , South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2018)

SUBJECTS:    Alexandrian Library -- Fiction.
                        Alternative histories (Fiction)
                        Dystopian fiction.
                        Libraries -- Fiction.

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