There are so many wonderful things about this book! I fell in love within the first three chapters- the mystery surrounding the Library was intriguing- I wanted to love it, it is the Great Library of Alexandria after all but the controlling, power-hungry, Archivist didn't make that possible. Its a weird feeling- not liking a library but when the Library is controlling and destroying peoples lives, taking away all freedom of choice. I couldn't believe how inhumane the Library could be- locking people away for life- just because they have "powers" or because they wanted to own personal copies of books.
I didn't really like the main character (Jess) until he became a student of the Library and started to learn about the dark, seedy, choices that the library makes to "preserve" knowledge. I really liked some of Jess' fellow students- SPOILER- and right as I started to care about some of them - they started DYING! I mean come on- make me care about these teens who are living in a war-zone (which I guess should've been my first clue) and then kill them off. Geeze. Not nice.
Since the online Summer Reading Program is over, I'll keep a tally of my yearly goal (55)