The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

9 Jul

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Published: June, 2015
Publisher: Crown Publishing, New York

Carolyn was an American once, before becoming a Librarian.  The twelve children each learn one of the twelve catalogs that make up the Library and become experts in their areas.   Now Father is missing, the Library is unaccessible.
The battle is terrible.  But the prize is control of the universe.  Is Carolyn up to the task?  Is anyone?

Random House was kind enough to send me an ARC of this book and unfortunately it arrived as school was ending and it got tossed on the TBR shelf.  But my college-aged daughter was looking for something different to read and snatched it off the shelf.  She told me later that she doesn’t like YA novels.  (This isn’t one.)  She’s not really into dark fantasy. (Dark, for sure!)  But this book was completely weird and compellingly good.  (She’s right.)

This is Scott Hawkins’ first book.  I can’t imagine there won’t be many more.  His imagination is weird, compelling, and twisted.  Every time I thought I had a handle on what was going on, I was wrong.  What if the gods were really that capricious?  We all need the coal of our heart to keep us human.

Recommended: Grades 11 & up, Adult.


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