Ink by Alice Broadway (Review)

Ink by Alice Broadway

InkFormat: Paperback

Source: Library Book

Publisher: Scholastic

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Publication Date:  2nd February 2017

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“There are no secrets in Saintstone.

From the second you’re born, every achievement, every failing, every significant moment are all immortalized on your skin. There are honorable marks that let people know you’re trustworthy. And shameful tattoos that announce you as a traitor.

After her father dies, Leora finds solace in the fact that his skin tells a wonderful story. That is, until she glimpses a mark on the back of his neck…the symbol of the worst crime a person can commit in Saintstone. Leora knows it has to be a mistake, but before she can do anything about it, the horrifying secret gets out, jeopardizing her father’s legacy…and Leora’s life.

In her startlingly prescient debut, Alice Broadway shines a light on the dangerous lengths we go to make our world feel orderly–even when the truth refuses to stay within the lines. This rich, lyrical fantasy with echoes of Orwell is unlike anything you’ve ever read, a tale guaranteed to get under your skin..”

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My Thoughts & Review

Ink is a fantasy novel where we follow Leora as her world is turned upside down after her father dies. Leora lives in a world where your life is essentially tattooed on to the skin, and when you die the tattoos are used to determines whether your life will be remembered or forgotten. But for Leora when her father dies she finds out his tattoos were not all accurate and the that in fact some of them had been changed and she learns the hidden truth about her family as well as discovering things about herself that she never knew.

This was my second attempt at reading this book. First time around I just couldn’t get past the third chapter, and then I had to return it to the library. But, this time around I decided to listen to the audiobook at the same time as reading it physically and I actually managed to finish it.  This time around I was intrigued to see how it all played out.    

While reading Ink I can see that Alice Broadway has put a lot of time into writing and creating this inked world/society. However, I found the pacing of to be a bit too slow for my liking. It does pick up, but the first 10 chapters or so were a bit of a struggle to get through. It is during these chapters where we are given lots of descriptive descriptions of the history of the inked society and how it works. Although this is important I thought it could have been done a little faster and there could have been a little more action.

Although I liked the story generally I have really mixed feelings about the characters. I don’t really feel like we get to know some of the other characters, they felt a little sketchy and under developed. I didn’t really feel for any of the other characters and they didn’t really jump out at me. The only character I thought was good was Leora. She came across as very strong headed yet still showed her teenage years. She was my favourite character until we reached the end of the story. This is when her character changed and she became very ignorant and came across as unfriendly.

Overall this was a good debut novel and although I didn’t love it as much as others have I would still recommend it to anyone who likes reading dystopia.

Oh, and out of my own curiosity I will be looking into reading the next book in the series later in the year, just to see if it gets any better.

(Read for the prompts Book with one-word title & Book trilogy for the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge created by Mina @ Stacked Reviews)

My Rating


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  1. I read this back when it came out and thought it was a little too bland story wise. The tattoo skin idea was so original but the story felt so full of the same old fantasy tropes? I don’t know, guess I wasn’t in the mood for it at the time. I haven’t felt the desire to go on and read books two and three either but I will say they have some of the most stunning covers out there. Great review Mani :)))

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