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Paper and Fire (The Great Library Series #2)

Paper and Fire (The Great Library Series #2)

by Rachel Caine
Paper and Fire (The Great Library Series #2)

Paper and Fire (The Great Library Series #2)

by Rachel Caine


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The New York Times Bestseller

In Ink and Bone, bestselling author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history...

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever.
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon Jess must choose between his friends, his family, and the Library, which is willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control...

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451473141
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Series: Rachel Caine's Great Library Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 77,952
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: HL740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the Great Library series, Prince of Shadows, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series.

Reading Group Guide

Questions for Discussion

1. Jess Brightwell seems to be doing well in his new army career. Why do you think he fits in so well, given that he didn’t expect to like it?

2. How far would you go to rescue a friend in danger? What would you risk?

3. Morgan is unwilling to accept her fate as an Obscurist, and is angry at Jess for cooperating in her capture in Ink and Bone. Jess feels guilty about it, too. Is he really guilty, or did he not have a choice?

4. In Paper and Fire, you see quite a lot of Rome—a very different Rome from what we see today—with all the wonders of the ancient world preserved (and some added). You also get to see the tomb of Alexander the Great. Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, what is the only one we can still visit today?

5. Why would the Library develop different kinds of automata (the lions of London, the lions of Rome, the Spartans, the sphinxes)?

6. Who do you think is the most heroic character in this book? Why?

7. What danger do you think the group will find in Philadelphia? How do you think the next book’s Philadelphia will be different from the actual one?

8. If you could change one thing that happens in Paper and Fire, what would it be? Why? What aspects of the book would your change alter?

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