This manga series is complete, which is a good time to review it. No spoilers!

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About the love of reading, fighting censorship, friendships and romance, and of course, armed librarians. If you enjoy graphic novels and like libraries, I’d recommend it. Since the series is complete, you can get a few at a time from your library, and read it pretty quickly.

The setting is the near future, in a world where censorship is government supported. An organization determines what books are suitable, but the librarians decided to fight back, assembling a military group to defend the right to read freely. The Library Defense Forces are trained in working in the library and in defending the books, and there will be more than one battle ahead. The violence isn’t shown in a great deal of detail, however.

Centered on Iku Kasahara, a young woman who wants to follow her ‘prince,’ a member of the LDF who protected her favorite book from censors, is in training as the series opens. It isn’t going to be an easy road for Iku, however. The training is tough, and so is her instructor. But she’ll make friends, and with her dedication to the freedom to read, she’ll go far.

Who has the right to decide what we read? Many people in this story want to do so, and all for different reasons–some of them fairly well intentioned. The plot isn’t simple, or the issue black-and-white, though as you might expect, it comes mostly on the side of letting people choose for themselves. The characters are well developed, their histories explained over time, and the core is a small enough group for the reader to get to know them pretty well over the 15 books.

I highly recommend them!

 

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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