Libyrinth (Libyrinth #1)
In her debut novel, Pearl North takes readers centuries into the future, to a forgotten colony of Earth where technology masquerades as magic and wars are fought over books.
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...more
Second 1/2 of Book: 3-1/2 stars
The book has an interesting premise... a giant library that you can get lost in. What lover of books wouldn't love to go to such a place?
For the first portion of this book, my attention waned and I kept forcing myself to read. The story starts right off with the action... there is no build-up to the action and no introduction to the characters involved besides the bare minimum. I really didn't care at all for their trials or survival throu ...more
Haly is a clerk to Libyrarian Selene in the Libyrinth, a vast library containing just about every book ever written. Haly is unique though since she can hear the books talk, they read themselves to her. When she is taken by the Eradicants, an illiterate people who believe words are murdered once they are written down, she is thought to be their Redeemer, the one who can unite the Word and the Song. In their city, Haly realizes the truth of her world's history ...more
It has a bit of a rough start, and at first glance seems like a cliché censorship-is-evil story, but then it quickly opens up with twists and revelations until even the antagonist are truly sympathetic. I'd compare it to origami, with everythi ...more
I can't tell you how excited I was in the beginning of the book: an enormous library that people can get lost in; a girl who can hear the mutterings of books, as though they are reading themselves to her; an ancient race who used music/song to activate their technology (ancient in terms of the time period in the story, but it's far in our future). They are the makings of a really interesting tale... but they just never took off.
There are some cool things th ...more
Actually, half the book is decent. After about the third chapter, the narrative splits and follows two characters. The first is Haly, the girl on the cover, and her story is all right, as she's captured by her ene ...more
It did strike me as perfect, too, as I read and saw just how addicting North's work is. LIBYRINTH had that same unputdownable quality as POISON STUDY had--something unexplainably gripping that made me want to not put the book down until I finished.
North has built a new world here from the ground up--sort of. Clearly the world of LIBYRI ...more
I've never heard of Pearl North before, so when Libyrinth was selected as [info]calico_reaction's Dare for the month of October, I was intrigued, but I also had zero expectations; I had no idea what the book was about or even what genre it was (though from the cover, I had initially guessed Fantasy -- I was half right.) It really helped that this book was on sale at work for $7.99 for the hardcover, wit ...more
It contains a lot of quotes that are very timely and make you want to read the other books- of which there is a list at the end.
It was interesting to read a bout the various cultures- they are so different but also complimentary. There are the people of the Libyrinth with value the written word and are equal in treatment of women and men. There is the Singers who value the song and are mostly patriarchal. And there a ...more
The idea of having the ability to hear books without opening them as well as being able to read them is all kinds of awesome, and I enjoyed how various quotes from different books were interspersed throughout the narrative. I especially loved th ...more
Although this is marketed as a teen book, it seems it was really written to entice teen librarians to purchase it. The initial idea held some merit - what reader can resist the idea o ...more
Pretty amazing, huh? I think so too. Haly has that power. Or should I say, the ability to hear books speaking. In actual voices. Oh my. Okay, fine, I’l ...more
Publisher: Tor Teen, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Bibliomania
Rating: 4 Page Turns
Recommend: For all the readers who like to read about books, with a touch of fantasy and a truly imaginative tale. This book is truly diverse featuring characters with a range of ethnicities, sexual orientations and genders.
Book Pro’s: Amazing theme, use of strong female characters, diversity widely accepted and promoted in the book.
Book Con’s: Stunted characters th ...more
I picked this book up several weeks ago and devoured it immediately. A world built around books; is there anything better? Wouldn’t that be a dream come true for many of us book-loving divas?
Pearl North’s ‘Libyrinth’ is an extraordinary fantasy that will easily pull at the heart of any book lover. I was captivated by the Libyrarians, ...more
For a book nut like myself Libyrinth was a really fun read--the book has dozens of quotes from all sorts of famous literary works (The Diary of Anne Frank, Tale of Two Cities, Life of Pi) and technical manuals (Glenn's Complete Bicycle Manual). For the most part the quotes correspo ...more
The story and plot line is great for people who love books and it's fairly easy to follow. However I thought there were a few issues that really prevented me from enjoying it. First, the little nod thing was a little ..... odd. Another odd and completely out there item was the massage segements those were just too lon ...more
Haly works as a Libyrarian clerk in the Libyrinth, a fortress dedicated to preserving books. The books must be preserved against the Eradicants, a powerful group who fear books, forbid their followers from learning to read, and seek to destroy all books save The Book of the Night (a book rumored to hold all of t ...more
As to the sexual tension and the "oh, pretty bodies" moments, while I realize th ...more
"The Song is beautiful, Gyneth. No one could help but love it, no one could help but want to be immersed in it forever but... the situation is like the potatoes in Anne Frank's diary."
He gave her a puzzled frown.
"Anne's ideas soared. And then eventually she'd come back to the state of the potatoes they were eating - rotten, fresh, plentiful, or sparse. See, you need both - the soaring and the potatoes."
A smile curled the corner of his mouth. "Holy one, this humble servant is inca ...more
First, let me say that the basic premise of the plot (see synopsis) is really not that bad; it's what kept me reading through more than 300 pages ...more
Reason: It really hurts my feelings to have this be the first book I have not finished in a while. For a few weeks leading up to its release, I was super excited about being able to get my hands on this book. Unfortunately, I had a really hard time getting into the story. Honestly, it took me 3 tries just to get past the first chapter. In the following chapters, I would find my attention captured, only to have it lost a couple of pages later. At this point in the boo ...more
It is set on a colony planet of earth. There is a Great Library where Libyrarians and their apprentices and clerks (even in the far, far future there is still a library staff hierarchy) keep the collected knowledge of all mankind. Not just scientific tomes, but literature and poetry and...well, everything. It is a building so vast that no one knows what all it contains or how to find everything ...more
Going into this book, I figured we would just get to see a lot of the Libyrinth - a library that is literally a labyrinth. But oh my goodness, this was SO much more than that! A futuristic, fantasy world that still retains information and knowledge of the world we know that is advanced in some ways and yet archaic in others. It's the perfect combination of known and unknown, and everything about it just sings!
The world building in this book ...more
North's conception of a future society divided upon the values of oral history versus lit ...more