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Libyrinth by Pearl North
Edited by James Frenkel
Review by Gayle Surrette
Tor Teen Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765320964
Date: 07 July 2009 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

One of the perks of being a book reviewer, is that every so often there is a book that comes across your desk that once again manages to entrance you totally in a new world. Pearl North's debut novel, Libyrinth, is such a book. On the surface is a fantasy world where there is only one library and people dedicate their lives to taking care of and researching information from the books they have available, and exploring the farther reaches of this vast library. Of course, there are also people who feel the written word has corrupted the people and made them weak, and only the song can heal the world, and they destroy books. Perhaps, it seems like another old tale of science versus mysticism but North doesn't take the easy road, she's exploring new territory and new options.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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 has a secret: The books speak to her.

When the threat of the rival Eradicants drives her from her home, Haly learns that things are not all she thinks they are. Taken prisoner by the Eradicants, who believe the written word to be evil, she sees the world through their eyes and comes to understand that they are not the book-burning monsters that she has known her entire life.

The words of a young girl hiding in an attic—written hundreds of years before Haly's birth—will spark the interest of her captors and begin the change necessary to end the conflict between the Eradicants and Libyrarians. With the help of her loyal companion Nod, a creature of the Libyrinth, Haly must mend the rift between the two groups before their war for knowledge destroys them all. Haly's life—and the lives of everyone she knows—will never be the same.

(Source: Tor Teen)

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