Books, learning, and immortal beings who share the knowledge of the universe. You know, your average, everyday stuff. That, along with some engaging action scenes, is what Scott Hawkins has provided within the pages of The Library at Mount Char.
Carolyn is an average American, until “adoption day” when she became an orphan and is taken in by a man she and her newly adopted siblings refer to as Father. Gifted with immortality and an array of mystical skills, Father sets forth to teach each of his twelve children one “catalog” of skills. In this way, no one person, aside from Father, can amass the knowledge needed to bring about a destruction like the end of the world. But Carolyn has a rebellious streak and hasn’t liked the actions her rather stern Father has taken against others. With this rebellion brewing in her gut, she plots to take down her Father and learn from all the “catalogs” despite her Father’s wishes. But these actions have an effect on ordinary humans, and catastrophic ones at that; can Carolyn retain her humanity as she quests to bring down her Father, a man who seems to be God?
The narrative was compelling and captivating with the intriguing concept Hawkins presents–it’s a different take on the overused apocalypse story and a refreshing one at that. The manner in which the story unfolds had me itching to know the rationale behind some of the action and the explanations were ultimately rather satisfying. I had a difficult time placing the ages of the various characters, and not just because many of them were immortal and didn’t age. There was an inconsistency in their actions and phraseology compared with their biological maturity. I thought that Steve was in his late twenties, when in truth he’s closer to forty. While it ultimately didn’t have an impact on the story, it was still a bit discombobulating while reading.
Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.