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Libyrinth by Pearl North
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Oct 20, 11

bookshelves: dystopic, ya, fantasy, michigan-authors
Read in August, 2011

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. The Libyrarians (and other staff) spend their whole lives mapping these books. Haly is a clerk who has spent her entire life in the service of the Libyrinth. She was orphaned when her parents dissapeared into the Libyrinth. Her closest friends are a kitchen maid (below the hiererchy) and an imp (these are the "invisible" creatures that clean and maintain the Libyrinth, lower than kitchen staff.) Besides her ill-choice of friends Haly has a secret that would make her an even bigger outcast. She can hear the books talking to her. Each year the Libyrians must pay a tribute to the Eradicants who want to free the printed word. Eradicants worship oral traditions. They burn books (HORROR!!!!!) Haly discovers and Eradicant plot to destoy the Libyrinth once and for all and sets off on a quest to stop them. She discovers that all is not black and white. And knowledge is not bound in one form. (Like the book-y metaphores?)

Sprinkled through the book are all sorts of literary quotes as Haly hears the books. Identifying them is a fun game. There's an answer key at the back of the book.

Read this book. You will like it even if you aren't a librarian. It gives an interesting persepctive on all of the continuing talk about librarians weeding collections and the rise of eInk.

I read this in print form.

Dearborn Public Library owns this book.
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