The Cat Who Saved Books

The Cat Who Saved Books
The Cat Who Saved Books
Age Range
18+
Release Date
September 16, 2021
ISBN
1529081475
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Bookish high school student Rintaro Natsuki is about to close the secondhand bookstore he inherited from his beloved bookworm grandfather. Then, a talking cat appears with an unusual request. The feline asks for—or rather, demands—the teenager’s help in saving books with him. The world is full of lonely books left unread and unloved, and the cat and Rintaro must liberate them from their neglectful owners.

Their mission sends this odd couple on an amazing journey, where they enter different mazes to set books free. Through their travels, the cat and Rintaro meet a man who leaves his books to perish on a bookshelf, an unwitting book torturer who cuts the pages of books into snippets to help people speed read, and a publishing drone who only wants to create bestsellers. Their adventures culminate in one final, unforgettable challenge—the last maze that awaits leads Rintaro down a realm only the bravest dare enter . . .

An enthralling tale of books, first love, fantasy, and an unusual friendship with a talking cat, The Cat Who Saved Books is a story for those for whom books are so much more than words on paper.

Translated from the Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai.

Editor review

1 review
This is an amazing adventure with a cat and those who love books.
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
What I loved: I love that this story is simple because it tackles some of the basic concepts that people who love books feel or do when they have books. One problem is the person who never re-reads, so their collection sits like a treasure. Another problem is the speed reader who wants the story so concise so they can devour more books. Then you have the moneymaker who is just out to get more books out but never thinks about the actual books they are selling. The heart of this book is what books teach us and what we gain by reading.

What Left Me Wanting More I wanted to know more about the labyrinth and who this cat called Tiger gained the ability to talk and seek out those he needed to help him save the books. I wanted more world-building and backstory.

The Final Verdict The story is short and straightforward and makes a massive statement in a temporary number of pages. If you are a lover of books and want to read about the various ways others might view reading, this is the perfect book for you.
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