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Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2019rc-btb, 2019rc-dystopia, dystopian, futuristic, fantasy, young-adult, 2019rc-monthly-keyword

Warnings: mentions of torture and reproductive coercion

Paper and Fire picks up many months after the ending of Ink and Bone, with Jess quietly investigating library secrets while being part of the Garda, and the others working in their respective positions. As they get close to a particular secret, something that gives them all a cause to defect from the Great Library, they are also being watched by the Artifex who, in conjunction with the Archivist is itching to get rid of them as well as Wolfe and Santi. But leaving the Library is not easy, and even with Jess armed with the knowledge of how to handle the automata, they have a complicated path ahead. That coupled with the fact that allies are rare, and they all are stuck between the complicated politics of the Artifex and the Obscurist has this as a tenuous group endeavour.

The plot of this book is filled with action, and it keeps up a good pace, and leaves you on tenterhooks as to what might happen next. Betrayals are close by, and yet, Jess and his friends have to rely on each other or at least trust enough to get through; Jess especially compares his own family to the one he's found. It is also quite emotional as a book - with the well-worn paths of the relationships established in the first book, it follows through on those to explore them. Jess feels Morgan out of reach, but he's not completely aware of how much she herself is losing. Wolfe's complicated relationship with his mother, the Obscurist, as well as the peek into the Iron Tower was explored well. Then there was the shocking climactic scene of the hidden Archive which, let me tell you, I felt the things Jess was feeling; it was such a profound sense of loss. And then the cliffhanger sealed the deal; I was amazed by this book overall.
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Reading Progress

June 30, 2019 – Shelved
June 30, 2019 – Shelved as: tbr-next
August 14, 2019 – Started Reading
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019rc-btb
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019rc-dystopia
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: dystopian
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: futuristic
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy
August 14, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult
August 17, 2019 –
23.0% "I love them so fiercely"
August 18, 2019 –
page 132
August 20, 2019 –
page 168
August 21, 2019 –
page 358
81.55% "Wait isn't Gregory supposed to be the same age as Keria? How would he be 5 years older to Wolfe?"
August 21, 2019 – Finished Reading
September 1, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019rc-monthly-keyword

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