I never know to say in these things. I guess that says something about me. I read a lot, write stories, and like books. I like a good debate. Nothing else is to say. :-)
Boy, the action sure did begin...and was nonstop…
You really get a good idea of how dangerous the Library is to not only the general public, but those who work for it as well. This is a system that doesn't hesitate to maim and kill anyone that they view as a threat. And they/It uses anyone it wants without any regard for their lives….because they can. People, lives, and countries are all expendable...the only thing the people that run this system care about are the books, and the knowledge and power these books give them. Whole people dying of starvation…doesn’t register as something they should try and address.
The story raises an interesting question about neutrality. No one can really be neutral when it comes to war or injustice. Neutrality serves the status quo, and if the status quo harms.... then you have to take a side. You have to choose.
The Library is "neutral" and places itself outside of the affairs of the world....so two countries murdering each other, committing genocide...oh well...that's their business. The Library and its people are just there to save the books. Your baby...well...sorry...they have to leave it here to die. In a case like this, neutrality supports evil.
This book started slow...but I rather like it. It is not a breezy, easy read...but it is full of a lot of things that make you think.