* The story takes place in a strange bookstore with barley any customers and shelves of books that reach the ceilings with ladders being the only means of reaching the top shelf. This is my dream setting and I appreciated the way Sloan describes the bookstore.
‘Imagine the shape and volume of a normal bookstore turned up on its side. This place was absurdly narrow and dizzyingly tall, and the shelves went all the way up – three stories of books, maybe more.’
* Clay Jannon is the narrator and hero of the story. He is kind, honest and curious. You want him to succeed in cracking the code, get the girl and of course get the employment he so truly deserves.
* The Google references were a nice touch. It is crazy how far modern technology has advanced in such a short amount of time. Although there were a lot of mentions about technology that perhaps went a bit over my head, it did not affect my reading experience and was cleverly balanced with traditional books and research.
– ‘Walking the stacks in a library, dragging your fingers across the spines – it’s hard not to feel the presence of sleeping spirits.’
– ‘There is no immortality that is not built on friendship and work done with care. All the secrets in the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight.’
– ‘Your life must be an open city; with all sorts of ways to wander in.’
– ‘After that, the book will fade, the way all books fade in your mind.’