Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Mini-reviews: Sleeping Giants and Paper and Fire
This is a book where it's fun to go into it without a lot of knowledge. The story is told in a very unique way, as an unidentified interviewer grills each character about what has happened under their watch. While it sounds impersonal, it is actually a fascinating way to get to know each character and how they react under pressure. Neuvel is great at pulling away one layer at a time and raising the stakes with each decision the characters make. This story gives readers plenty of food for thought about power, technology, and the things we will sacrifice to reach our goals. I can't wait to see what happens in the second book.
By Sylvain Neuvel
Del Ray April 2016
From the library
Paper and Fire has the tough job of every second book. It has to keep the plot moving, fill in some back story, and propel the characters towards the final adventure. I think this book thankfully did not succumb to the second book slog. The plot kept moving, even if the relationships felt a little surface. Best of all, Caine has imagined an incredibly rich world for Jess and his friends to journey through. Each city has its own feel and its own rules and there are people in each locale fighting to keep knowledge hidden or trying to bring it to light, all under the watchful eyes of mechanical beasts. The third book promises to take us to places that the reader has never seen before and I will definitely be along for the ride.
Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2)
By Rachel Caine
New American Library July 2016
Read via Netgalley