Book Review: Ink by Alice Broadway

The past doesn’t have to define you 

I never got to reading the synopsis of this book. I picked it up because of the cover and liked the book a lot. It was a fast read and will certainly read Spark.

Book Review: Ink by Alice Broadway


Title & Author: Ink by Alice Broadway
Genre: Dystopia, Mystery
Release date: February 2 2017
Series: The Skin Books
Publisher: Scholastic


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.

I give Ink by Alice Broadway four out of five hearts because this book is beautifully written and has strong world building. This one is as beautiful on the inside as it is one the outside. I originally picked it up because its cover but stayed for the story.

Originally I found the world a little bit morbid. Forcing people to ink their accomplishments on their skin and only have their skin left to remember them by. But I did find it interesting and intriguing. Of course this practice does get opposed by the Blanks, people never inked and also against inking. This brings some interesting issues to the table.

Personally I have some ink myself, but I would never tell someone to get it too. I feel it is very personal and that was also something the would make me root for the Blanks in this story. If there is only my skin left to remember me by, nobody will ever remember me the right way. I am so much more than the ink I have.

Leona is a competitive girl, she knows what she wants and does her best to get to it. But she knows where her boundaries are and doesn’t pass them. She is caring and things the best of people. But she is also flawed. She remembers the ink of a crow on her father and when they look in his Skin Book, she doesn’t see it. Later revelations test her loyalty for her family and her community.

Obel is the inker with who Leona is training, he is a mysterious character, but he is honest. He does what he has to survive and keep himself safe. His isuses are very interesting to explore and think about.

The writing is very good and I wish there were more books like this. If anyone has any requests with books like this I will certainly make time for them.

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For now, let books enrich your life!


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