“The life story etched on to your skin is kept for ever-if you’re worthy.”
-Alice Broadway, Ink.
Hey guys! So recently I was extremely lucky to have received an ARC of Ink by Alice Broadway, sent to me by the lovely people at Scholastic UK! (Thank you SO much!)
Ink is set to be released on February 2nd, 2017, and if the ARC is anything to go by, it’s going to be a GORGEOUS book.
Ink is the first installment of this debut author’s YA trilogy about love, loss, life and tattoos. In this world, whatever you do in life is recorded on your skin. Your age, your family tree, your job, your passions and interests… It all goes on there, making your body, quite literally, the story of your life. Which is a nice sentiment but from there, it gets a little darker… When you die, it is determined if you have led a “good” life or not. If the higher members of society decide that you have been a good person, you are made into a skin book. The skin book contains all the tattoos, all the stories that have marked your life and is then given to your family to keep, read and remember you. If it is decided that you were not a “good” person, then your book is destroyed and you will be forgotten. A fate worse than death itself in this society.
Ink is a dystopian book, in that you have the small, close knit society that is well observed and kept in place by the idea of everything you do being tattooed onto your skin. It develops this further when we are introduced to the idea of “blanks”-people who live outside of society that do not have any tattoos. Because if you’re not marked, how does anyone know who you are? What you do? If you’re an honest person, surely you have nothing to hide and would wear tattoos with pride?
It is in this setting that Leora’s journey begins. It begins with the death of her father, her discovery that some of his ink has been edited and the startling knowledge that his book is incomplete…
Dark and powerful, this book was insanely unique and thoroughly gripping. I’m giving it 4/5 stars as I enjoyed it thoroughly and thought that the themes were brilliantly executed through Broadway’s talented writing. However, some of the subject matter grossed me out at times as I am very squeamish!
Definitely keep an eye out for this one… Is it on any of your wishlists for 2017?
“With each page we turned, we touched him again…”
-Alice Broadway, Ink.