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 follows the story of Leora as she deals with her fathers death and discovers that his past might not be all that it seemed. In this setting, every action and moment of your life is inked on your body. Live a good life and you’ll be remembered forever in the form of a skin book. Lead a bad life and your book will be destroyed. As soon as I read this premise I was desperate to read this book. Given tattoos can be such a source of contention in our society, I just knew I had to read this.
The world building in this book was fantastic, the fables and the history of their community really came alive in the story. The idea of those with tattoos versus those without was just fascinating, and I really enjoyed the overall plot of the book. However I was less impressed with the characters. Leora is interesting enough and works well as the main protagonist, but I did feel more all round character development was needed. I enjoyed the aspects of her starting her apprenticeship and growing into adulthood, but I felt it a bit lacking in emotional depth. Most of the secondary characters felt like bit parts just there to push the story along, though perhaps we might see more of them in the books to come.
Despite this, the story is still a hugely enjoyable one. The premise is completely unlike anything I’ve ever read before and the story keeps you hooked pretty much from the outset. I struggled a little with the romance aspect as I felt it was a little forced, but fans of romance plot lines might appreciate it more than I did. That being said, Ink is definitely a superb debut, and one that YA fans will enjoy. The cover art is also completely stunning, and I am very much looking forward to what comes next in this series.