Libyrinth by Pearl North

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Summary (via the publisher's website): "Haly is a Libyrarian, one of a group of people dedicated to preserving and protecting the knowledge passed down from the Ancients and stored in the endless maze of books known as the Libyrinth. But Haly has a secret: The books speak to her.

When the threat of the rival Eradicants drives her from her home, Haly learns that things are not all she thinks they are. Taken prisoner by the Eradicants, who believe the written word to be evil, she sees the world through their eyes and comes to understand that they are not the book-burning monsters that she has known her entire life."

Review: It took me a while to get into this one. Like, a long time. Once I did, though (about halfway through the book), I was nice and addicted. The story breaks into two main lines (Haly's and her friend Clauda's), and I was WAY more into Haly's storyline, mostly because I'm a sucker for the romance.

The book was good in terms of allegorically addressing things like censorship and free speech, but it also got me to think about the logistics of a society that has completely rejected the written word. In today's world, where we're completely surrounded by writing everywhere we go, what could it be like not to be literate? To preach that literacy is a sin that will make you go blind? I would definitely read the sequel to this one (if the author decides to write one), and I want to read it again sometime.

Goodreads Shelves: addictive, fluffy, is-this-a-kissing-book, thought-provoking


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