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Libyrinth (Libyrinth #1)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  542 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Tor Teen
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Theresa
Feb 23, 2010 Theresa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Theresa by: Maria V. Snyder
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 2010
First 1/2 of Book: 3 stars
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
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Nnedi
This book dealt with issues of censorship, race and diversity, gender, and destiny. And it didn't follow the beaten path of the usual type of plot. It explored the meaning of music and the written word in a unique way, too. And it moved along nicely. Lately, I've been bored by every YA fantasy novel that I pick up. It was all the same 'ol same 'ol, blah blah, yawn yawn. This one was very very refreshing. It's good YA.
Andrea
Original post at The Little Bookworm

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
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Jean Tatro
Jul 27, 2009 Jean Tatro rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Summer
I stumbled across this book while looking for another book in the Just In section of the Young Adult shelves. The title and absolutely gorgeous cover caught my eye, and the summary sold because it sounded like the kind of story a friend of mine would write.

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
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Patrick Burgess
Great Potential... Didn't Live Up To It

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
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Flora Bateman
This was an interesting idea about three different societies living at odds in the far future on a different planet. The Libyrarians and the Singers are at odds with each other with the Librarians embracing the written word and the Singers only following the oral traditions with religious zeal. Based on the premises of Fahrenheit 451 with the burning of books and the belief that written words corrupt the people, the Singers (also known as Eradicants by the Libyrarians) go about burning books to ...more
Emily Michelle
I wanted to like this book. No, I wanted to love this book. I mean, it's about people who live in a library so large that some people get lost in the stacks and never come out. Nothing about that is not cool. Unfortunately, the book never really lives up to the coolness of that premise.

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
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Beth
Aug 04, 2009 Beth added it
I bought this book primarily because of the Maria Snyder endorsement--I found Maria's STUDY books to be so addicting that any endorsement by her was enough for me!

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
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Michelle
(review originally posted on my livejournal account: http://intoyourlungs.livejournal.com/...)

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
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Marthese Formosa
This book was such an exquisite read! It's for Bibliophiles and very realistic.

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
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TheFountainPenDiva
There was so very much to love about a book that celebrated the power of the written and spoken word. It was also a frightening look into a future where books burned and knowledge is fractured. The opening chapter was as terrifying to me as Farenheit 451.

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
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Jessi
Summary: In a distant future where Libyrarians preserve and protect the ancient books that are housed in the fortress-like Libyrinth, Haly is imprisoned by Eradicants, who believe that the written word is evil, and she must try to mend the rift between the two groups before their war for knowledge destroys them all.

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
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Nafiza
Jun 03, 2011 Nafiza rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
The premise is fantastic. In fact, when I fully comprehended the protagonist’s power, I swooned. In envy, with lust – just, how amazing would it be to have books speaking to you? To have the knowledge, the words, the ideas flow out of the book into you. To hear the voices of books, the actual voices and not just the ones you dream up in your head.

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
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Claire
Book: Libyrinth (Libyrinth #1) by Pearl North
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
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Jennifer
“When a word is spoken, it is born, when it is written, it dies. Sacred fire of life, free the shackled dead. The meaning of the murdered word, by Yammon may it be.”

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,
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Lexie
Pearl North is the pseudonym of another author, but this is apparently her first young adult novel. Thought I'd make that distinction since on Amazon it claims its from a debut author, technically true, but not really.

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
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Cindy
I have mixed feelings about this book. I don't know if it was that my expectations were higher then what the book delivered or if it just was that this wasn't what I was expecting.

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
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Laura
Books may speak to you sometimes but likely not in the same way they speak to Haly, the protagonist of Libyrinth. In this far future Earth, Haly hears books speaking their stories to her.

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
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Jessiqa
In a dystopian world that still has remnants of our world (namely, books) there is a major caste divide: those who read and those who don’t. Those who don’t are Singers. They believe that the written word is a murdered word and the only way to set it free is to burn it. For this reason, they are also known as Eradicants. Haly Is among those who can read and lives in the Libyrinth and can hear the books speaking in her head. She’s learned to keep this gift under wraps, since it freaks some people ...more
Jennifer
A future library set in an enormous Labyrinth (Libyrinth), run by libyrarians? It was screaming to be read. Unfortunately, I had to force myself to finish it. The story was bogged down by too many weird names and situations that I had a hard time wrapping my head around. There were parts throughout the story where I thought things were picking up but then they'd slow right down again. And it's going to be a trilogy? Thanks but I think this is where I'll get off.
Anita
I enjoyed this. Admittedly, we didn't get to know the characters very well before the action started, and I'm not sure what to feel about the ending twist on Haly's nature, but I still found it to be a good, fun read. I liked the premise behind the cultural conflict, and the glimpses of different invented belief systems. Also, the book-voices and their applicability, at times, to the action were delightful for me. :)

As to the sexual tension and the "oh, pretty bodies" moments, while I realize th
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Martha
May 01, 2009 Martha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls 8th grade and up
Shelves: middle-school, 2009
Literate vs illiterate. Reading vs Memorizing. How vs Why. This book seemed to drag in spots, but I can't think of anything that "could" have been cut out...
Stacie
I really loved this book. Haly is a convincing and compelling character, and her talent to hear books is really fantastic. Great worldbuilding, very satisfying read.
Robyn
Favorite quotes:

"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
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La Coccinelle
What a lousy synopsis this book has! It leaves out half of the plot and one half of the character action (there are two main characters in this book, not just one). But I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Everything about this book is shoddy. If I wanted to read a grammar-abusing first draft with tons of plot holes, I'd go find some online fan fiction.

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
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Kate
Stopping page: 49 / Chapter 4

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
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Rebecca
Love, love love this book! It's about libraries and singing and magic and science and knowledge and...

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
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Ashley Ferguson
This review and more can be found at The A P Book Club!

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
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Lydia
I had a great deal of difficulty when I first started reading this book. Perhaps it is because I am a librarian, but the opening scene where books are being burned had a serious impact on me. It has been about a year since then, and now I found myself in a much better place to read. What I found was an absolutely excellent novel that did not center on the burning of books, but truly had a much broader scope.

North's conception of a future society divided upon the values of oral history versus lit
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