- Paperback: 390 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (2 Feb. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1407172840
- ISBN-13: 978-1407172842
- Product Dimensions: 40.9 x 2.4 x 20.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ink Paperback – 2 Feb 2017
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Top Customer Reviews
Well this is a first! I'm reviewing a book!
That means that for the first time in a long time I've actually read a book. The book in question was "Ink" by Alice Broadway and I've been looking forward to this one for a while. A novel about tattoos? Of course I'm going to be all over that. "Ink" isn't what I expected, not what I expected at all but, you know what? That's a good thing!
So....anyway...away we go!
Well first off, this is one good looking book. Quite possibly the best looking book I've read but should we, given the story it contains, judge a book by it's cover?
Secondly, at 46 I am a long way from the target demographic that this novel is aimed at. Young adult, I am not. That said, I really enjoyed this book, loved it in parts, bemused by it in others and was genuinely surprised by the ending. So what's it all about?
"Ink" is the story of Leora Flint, a teenage girl coming to terms with the passing of her father, final exams and the start of her working life. All very straightforward, teen angst, grief and stress, or so you would think.
However, Leora lives in a Saintstone and Saintstone isn't like other places. In the world that Leora lives each and every inhabitant is tattooed, their life's successes and failures, their age, their family history, everything even their name (which is tattooed at birth)...all documented and immortalised in "marks" in their skin and many of these marks are obligatory, state approved tattoos. Of course, the residents can continue their own story with designs of their own, but the basics? They are determined by the state.Read more ›
Alice Broadway presents an immensely unique concept within this novel, one I have never seen before. It is a concept that I found both weird, yet strangely intriguing. Weird, in the sense that the skin of each person is flayed from their bodies when they pass and re-purposed into a book of their life, intriguing in that it makes perfect sense. Why wouldn’t you want to remember your loved ones from the memories inked upon their skin for all to see?
Ink is an original novel that drew me in immediately and Broadway truly knows how to build the world instantly. I never once felt out of place in Saintstone thanks to Broadway’s ability to incorporate the world around you into the writing whilst introducing Leora at the beginning of the novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories that are implemented throughout the novel that are from this world, and could clearly see the influences from our own tales. However, this novel isn’t just about the tattoos marked upon your skin since the moment you are brought into the world, but it is about prejudice, politics, society, and culture. It is about being different and standing out from the crowd.Read more ›
I really liked the premise for this book and was intrigued by the idea that marks on the skin could tell a story. From the synopsis, I did wonder whether the marks were n actual story (which I did think was slightly implausible) but the fact that they are tattoos makes much more sense and is really a very clever idea.
As characters, I thought that Leora and Obel were the most well written and had the most about them. Verity, Sophie and Oscar did lose their way a little in the tricky third quarter, but had certainly come into their own again at the end and definitely did their part to add to the shock factor of the climax.
This is a great YA novel as it has so many themes for everyone to enjoy, but it is YA and should be thought of us such; particularly in the relationships between Leora and Oscar and Leora and Verity. Nevertheless, it's a brilliant debut and I can't wait to see how the story continues in the next one; I'll definitely be reading it!
No pont me telling you the story, the other eeviwers do that. But suffice to say it's engrossing from the very first page.
This story is so well wriutten that it really pulls you in, and each time you put it down you can't wait to pick it back up again. The characters are beautifully painted (no pun intended - ok, well maybe a little bit), they're so vividly described that you can picture them so clearly and you really get the sense of how they're feeling.
This is a fantastic debut novel from Alice Broadway, and i can't wait to read the rest of the books in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book hooked me straight away. It is magical, mystical and extremely interesting. It puts a beautiful meaning behind tattoos and the story line is just fantastic. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great story that engulfed and obsessed new from start to end. I was lost in an alternative reality, a must read.Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
BOOK REVIEW – INK
March 6, 2017 by Bronte Huskinson Leave a Comment
First of all, let’s just talk about the awesome cover of this book; the contents could... Read more
A gripping story about the importance of memory and judging people. I couldn't put this down. I can't wait to read the second book!Published 16 days ago by Steph
nk follows the story of Leora as she deals with her fathers death and discovers that his past might not be all that it seemed. Read morePublished 22 days ago by The Bibliophile Chronicles
Wow what a read!
I’ve been eyeing this one up for a while mainly because how beautiful and shiny the cover is…stunning. Read more
I really enjoyed this book. Imagine a world where everyone's life is reflected on their skin, with achievements, relationships and failures all indelibly recorded and visible to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bagpuss
Read it and be surprised. Dystopia? Yes. Romance? A tiny flutter. Conflict? Of world', friends, family, faith and conscience. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This is just the most beautiful book. Alice Broadway has created a world which is utterly believable and writes in an assured and confident manner - I was drawn into the story and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon_Customer