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The Boy from Ilysies (Libyrinth) by Pearl North
Cover Artist: Melanie Delon
Review by Gayle Surrette
Tor Teen Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765320971
Date: 09 November 2010 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

When I read Pearl North's Libyrinth, the story just pulled me in and carried me along for the adventure. How could you not love a story about a girl who could literally listen to books telling her their stories without having to open then and read the words for herself? A mental audiobook. The Boy From Ilysies takes place shortly after the end of Libyrinth and gives us a look at how you move on from Redemption.

From official release/information:

Product Description: The magical sequel to Pearl North's critically acclaimed debut novel, Libyrinth.

On a world light-years away, Earth is long forgotten, except for the knowledge protected in the vast libyrinth. But that knowledge was threatened by the Singers, who for generations beyond remembering have relied on oral storytelling. They sought to destroy the books in the libyrinth, which they thought would--if read--kill the words they sing, and the knowledge in their songs.

Now a Song has created peace between the Singers and the Libyrarians who work in the libyrinth. However, the libyrinth is quickly running out of food, and the survival of the ancient edifice and those who serve it may depend on Po, a young Ilysian who has had trouble adjusting to life at the libyrinth. Caught between his longings for acceptance and the Machiavellian tactics of his queen, Po is tricked into a crime that causes him to be cast out. He may return only if he retrieves a legendary artifact that may be the answer to all of the libyrinth's problems...or could turn the world into a barren, lifeless ruin. For Po, life has finally become exciting...but the cost may be his life, and the lives of those he loves.

(Source: Tor Teen)

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