Imagine that you live in a world where every significant moment in your life is tattooed on your skin. When you are named at birth your name is tattooed on your wrist, your family tree is tattooed on your back, and any successes or failures are recorded on your skin for anyone to see. When you die your skin is flayed from your body and made in to a book so that your ancestors will remember you. However, you are only allowed to be remembered once you are judged and your soul found to be clean. If you are found to not be a good person your book is burned and you are forgotten. This is the world in which Leora lives in in Alice Broadway’s fantastic new YA book, Ink.
Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever.
When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life.
But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.
Ink is a gripping dystopian story of a girl whose life has been a lie. It’s also a book about wanting to live forever through the memories of our ancestors. There is a belief in Leora’s world that only those who have lived worthy lives will be remembered and people will go to any lengths to ensure this. I was hooked from the very first page and Alice kept me guessing the whole way. The stunning cover was the main reason why I picked this book up as the bronze foil design made me want to find out what the book was about.
Alice Broadway has created a world that is intriguing and enchanting. It is a world that is held together by the stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. These stories, that are woven in to Leora’s story, are based on fairy tales that have been manipulated to serve the purposes of the government. In Leora’s world there are those that have been marked by their stories and those who choose to remain blank. These Blanks have been banished but it is believed that they are trying to sneak back in to society to spy and ultimately to start a war. Everyone in Leora’s world has a certain job, including inkers, flayers and government workers, and it is Leora’s dream to be an inker. Just as her dream becomes a reality Leora’s world starts to unravel, leaving her unsure who to trust.
Ink is the perfect book for those readers who have read the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Flawed series and want something similar. I think it is even suitable for Year 7 and 8 as there is nothing in the book that makes it inappropriate for this age group. Although the book comes to (what I considered) a satisfying end there is certainly the possibility to delve deeper in to this world, and Alice says on her website that Ink is the first book in the The Skin Books Trilogy.