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Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias
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Oct 04, 12

Read in October, 2012

A strong and promising first novel with an engaging voice, INK tackles a number of difficult topics (racism, immigration, xenophobia) through the eyes of four varied and engaging protagonists. Vourvoulias is an accomplished writer on the scene and sentence level, and though it seemed to this reader that she lost control of the novel's structure somewhere in the middle, the fragmentation of the second half is not distracting enough to ruin the narrative arc. I could have used a little more diversity in the eventual fates of the characters, and the integration of fantasy and science fiction worldbuilding was not as smooth as it could have been--but this is a very good debut, well-worth reading, and it makes its ideological and thematic arguments well.
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