Here it comes…
To Read or Not To Read: … not to read.
(Gosh, that felt bad to write. But we can’t always find books we love all the time I suppose!)
Ink by Alice Broadway
2 / 5 Stars
This book just wasn’t for me and to be fair I didn’t really look in to it much at the shop to see if I would like it. The reason? THE COVER IS BEAUTIFUL The orange is shiny by the way and I would say instead BUY IT FOR YOUR SHELF. It’s a beautiful looking book and that is exactly why I bought it. I’d give it 5 stars on how pretty it is for sure.
Maybe I just wasn’t in the right place to read it. Now I Rise was staring at me while I tried to read this. I DNF’d it at about half-way.
Read it if you like close first person narratives, MC’s discovering the terrible truth about the world.
Why I didn’t like it:
- It read too much like other stories before, (like Matched by Allie Condie).
- We’re are perhaps a bit too close to the characters thoughts, or perhaps she was a bit too much of a worrier for my tastes.
- She’s discovering that the society she loves perhaps isn’t what she thought and this trope hadn’t been spun in an original enough way for me to appreciate it.
- I wasn’t really a fan of their origin story as to why they have tattoos.
- The concept of the skin book creeps me the hell out – but maybe I’m just weird.
- I liked the idea that the characters all got tattoos for important stages in their life so it was like a story on their body.
- The idea that blank people terrify them then seems pretty logical.
- I like how the political structures in the book are shaped around those two ways of thought.
Now that I’ve written this review I do actually kind of want to go back and finish it. I did spoil it for myself in the hope I’d hear there’s some super chocolatey plot twist – but there wasn’t anything that I wasn’t already expecting. However, I’ve moved to uni so that book is a little far away from me now! So perhaps I’ll do a re-cap review another time 🙂
What did you guys think if you’ve read Ink?