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Tim Ellis is a retired soldier, bean counter, and teacher who has been writing fiction for five years.
Jeffrey M. Poole
on June 15, 2011 :
Bet you've never seen a library like this before!
What do you get when you have a library that has millions and millions of books, a location which shifts about through time and space, and a dedicated staff of several thousand to catalog, sort, and protect the vast collection of books? One might think it'd be considered the ultimate treasure. However, to a group of people living in a futuristic society where every aspect of their lives are controlled, from spouses to careers, the threat of knowledge is untolerable, and therefore must be destroyed.
The Knowledge of Time: Second Civilisation is a story about a utopian society three thousand years in the future and their attempts to eradicate the one known threat to their way of life. Trying to save the Library is Gracie and her friend, Ruan. Together, they must find a way to reach the Library first before a team of mercenary "Beasts" manages to find the hidden Library and destroy it in its entirety.
I enjoyed this story. It was shorter than most that I read, as evidenced by the fact I finished it quickly. I typically only read when I have time, but this story kept me enthralled. I literally couldn't put it down and was disappointed when I reached the end. I enjoyed reading about a futuristic society reminiscent of the city of San Angeles in Demolition Man. Wow, I watch way too many movies. Ok, back to the book. There were a few things that I found puzzling and troublesome. I wasn't too sure if the city was called "Civilisation" or it was just a term. I didn't know if it was a proper noun or not. Also, I did enjoy the description of the beasts, but was confused about their height. At first, it is mentioned they are seven meters in height, making them over 20 feet tall. Then a while later the height is referenced again, this time at seven feet, and not meters. I also would have liked to have had more detail on what happened to Gracie in the caves and how she suddenly knew what to do, how she could heal, etc. I won't give away anything else. :)
Overall, a very enjoyable book that had my attention from the moment I picked it up until I finally put it down. To any fantasy lovers out there, give this one a chance. You won't be disappointed!
(reviewed long after purchase)