Review: Blood, Ink and Fire

Synopsis and Picture from from Goodreads

Imagine a world without books…

In the future, books are a distant memory. The written word has been replaced by an ever-present stream of images known as Verity. In the controlling dominion of the United Vales of Fell, reading is obsolete and forbidden, and readers themselves do not—cannot—exist.
But where others see images in the stream, teenager Noelle Hartley sees words. She’s obsessed with what they mean, where they came from, and why they found her.

Noelle’s been keeping her dangerous fixation with words a secret, but on the night before her seventeenth birthday, a rare interruption in the stream leads her to a mysterious volume linked to an underworld of rebel book lovers known as the Nine of the Rising. With the help of the Risers and the beguiling boy Ledger, Noelle discovers that the words within her are precious clues to the books of the earlier time—and as a child of their bookless age, she might be the world’s last hope of bringing them back.

Blood, Ink & Fire is a gripping, evocative tale that asks, who would we be without books?

Source: Netgalley

My rating: 5 stars

First I want to thank the publisher for giving me a chance to read this one. I requested it a few days before it was published and finished it in one sitting. What first attracted me to this book was the cover, I loved it so much. I really was intrigued by the ash like face. The description had me sold though. What I would describe as Fahrenheit 451 for the Ya audience, was well written, had great characters and made you really think about a world without books

The characters:

Noelle- I really liked Noelle, here is a girl who doesn’t understand the gift she has, a last chance for words to actually be brought back to life. Her best friend John, whom I might add is blind, knows something is extremely special about her.

Ledger-I don’t really know how to quite explain this character, it is strange but I almost want to say he is an entity of a book. He is a good character, but it is hard to understand what exactly he is.

Grandfather-I really liked the character of the Grandfather, his is someone that understands where Noelle is coming from.

I loved the mixture of Shakespeare and the different areas that Noelle explored. It was an great add in for someone who loves Shakespeare. There was a hint of a love triangle, but for some reason I don’t think that this was going to play a role later on.

The ending was surprising and maybe somewhat upsetting. However I don’t really think this is the ending.



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