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Tattoo Atlas

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,115 ratings  ·  255 reviews
A year ago, Rem Braithwaite watched his classmate Franklin Kettle commit a horrific crime.

Now, apart from the nightmares, life has gone back to normal for Rem. Franklin was caught, convicted, and put away in juvenile detention for what he did. The ordeal seems to be over.

Until Rem’s mother selects Franklin as a test subject for an experimental brain procedure intended to “
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Shaun Hutchinson
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review to come closer to release date. Needless to say, I loved it.
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
A stylish and tense YA thriller with a slight SF bent.

The setting is contemporary, but the SF twist is in the experimental brain surgery performed on a high school shooter in an attempt to alter violent tendancies and stimulate empathy. The story follows Rem and his three friends a year after the shooting, his relationships with them, and with his mother, the doctor heading up the pioneer surgery. This book turned out to be quite a page turner for me, and of course there is much more going on th
Jul 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, mm, sci-fi
What gives us the right to change who he is just because he doesn’t fit in?

Took me a long time to complete it but it was because I was busy. The book is just perfect. Heartbreaking but beautiful. Really good writing, relatable characters. Add to that a good amount of mystery and you've got the recipe for a good book. Honestly loved it.
My only recommendation with this book is to not read the summary. I didn't even look at it.

I'm not really sure where to begin with this review because my mind feels so thoroughly assaulted by what on earth was going on in this book. It's a very interesting version of a high-school shooting. I didn't even realize that was the foundation of the book until the very end.

This book doesn't focus on the tragedy or any of the fallout. Instead, it takes all of that in stride and adds this freakishly sc
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing


I read this in a single sitting.

I'm overwhelmed.

So I'm just gonna vomit some words.

Okay let's do this.

This is a novel that takes place in a modern world very similar to our own, with the tiniest scifi twist of slightly more advanced technology (lemme tell you, Tim Floreen does this whole "scifi mixed with the real world" thing REALLY well). A year before the story starts, a horrific incident occurs where a boy was shot during school - and now, his murderer is going to be "fix
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holy crap! HOLY CRAP! Where the hell did this book come from?!!

I'm shook. I'm in awe. I'm crying.

It was so good.

This book was a whirlwind.

It takes you on a journey in the human mind. What makes you a killer? It was really good.

I can totally see this being a movie or a tv show.

I really enjoyed it.

This review makes absolutely no sense. I'm still processing.

3.75/5 stars
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally on Fable's Library
I requested this book from Simon Pulse this doesn’t not change my opinion at all! (Thank you Simon Pulse!!!!)

I SHOULD probably start off with saying, the first chapter is a bit graphic. Also there’s minimal animal violence, if that makes sense. If that bothers you, you have been warned.

What I Liked
-Usually I can figure out how a book ends, with Tattoo Atlas, it was a mystery. I kept suspecting the wrong people which was GREAT because it ended up becoming a awesome
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
4.25 stars.

So this book is called ‘Anatomy of a murderer’ in the uk. But I prefer the American title and cover so that what I bought.

This was so so good. I’m not really into YA these days as I prefer a more mature plot and characters. But this really surprised me. Sure it had its tropes and eye roll moments, but it had such a interesting concept and really varied characters. I couldn’t stop reading it. I really like that it was set in our world but it had that slight sci-fi bend to it. Strange
Feb 16, 2018 marked it as read-ish  ·  review of another edition
Note to myself (and whoever): Based on the summary here* and the Ingram entry (using the ISBN 9781481432818), I'm almost positive this is the paperback release of Tattoo Atlas with a new title, apparently. Which is okay, I guess, but way to fake me out and make me sad, publishers. I was excited about Tim Floreen having a new book only to discover it wasn't a new book.*

*Unless this changes. Then my sadness will change to joy.
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was good. I liked this.
Halley Hopson
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars!

This was fantastic. And so very intense. There’s just something about Tim Floreen’s writing style that just really clicks with me.
Allyson Bogie
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher.

Tattoo Atlas was totally gripping and I could barely put it down. Reading it was kind of like experiencing a really good action movie, and I felt the same way about Floreen’s first book, Willful Machines. The very first sentence is masterfully crafted and the story captivated me from there.

My first thought when I finished this book is that it's not for the faint of heart. It combines a school shooting, a lot of death, a vi
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After what happened last year, 17 year-old Rem Braithwaite never wanted to see Franklin Kettle again. Franklin murdered one of Rem’s best friends as Rem watched, a nightmare that has haunted Rem’s sleep since the day it happened. Now, Franklin is locked away in Juvenile Detention; Rem is doing his best to push the incident out of his mind and move on with the rest of his tight knit group of friends.

Then Rem’s mother, a neurologist at a major research lab, claims to have a possible cure for the m
J. Taylor
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Second novel of this author and I loved it again. His writing and his characters are just so on par, I can't wait for his next novel. This one really made me feel everything, it ended on a final note and I could really feel for the snowy like setting.

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Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is is a mindfuck of a book; simply, and crudely put. And as such, I enjoyed the hell out of it.

There’s some universal truths about me: I don’t like apples, but my favorite smirnoff flavor is apple. I hate bad ending, but I’ll look it over if the storyline is still amazing, regardless of the lack of HEA. Ever since I was in high school, and after a traumatizing ‘Not HEA,’ I’ve started this thing in which I look at the ending of a book. A lot of people don’t get it, and honestly I don’t need
Fenriz Angelo
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt-fiction
This is a new to me author, I liked Willful machines a lot so I gave this book a try too. While I enjoyed it as much as his other book it doesn't mean I must rate it as high because I think Tattoo Atlas has many flaws that I cannot let go.

The story is solid, gripping since chapter one and suck you in till the end but when I let my head cool to actually think about I'd just read I couldn't help notice that first, I didn't know how much in the future the book was, also the videogame had so much we
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved how this book portrayed human nature and its inifinite reach. How trying to separate the human mind into a black or white spectrum is not a correct assessment. This book manages to achieve, throughout each and every one of the characters, how good and evil cannot be separated; how one cannot live without the other.

When you read a book or watch a movie you're always telling yourself "Oh, that guy's the good one, he has all the right motives, we should root for him". But this book showed
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, lgbt
This book held my attention from start to finish.
I loved every bit of it and I might've cried one too many times.
The writing wasn't beautiful or anything like that, just the plot, the plot was interesting.

The characters are so well developed I've grown fond of all of them, except for Tor he can definitely choke.
This book i complex and, although it might be a big quote, it talks, even for a brief moment, about the lack of gun policy in the US, why it's an issue and although it's brief, it was b
Curtis Davenport
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars!!!
Went into this novel with no expectations and was BLOWN AWAY BY THE END OF THE FIRST. CHAPTER!!!
"Tattoo Atlas" is a great standalone about our perception of good and evil, and if "evil can be cured like a disease". Even though the characters felt trope-y in the first quarter, by the time you reach the middle portion you'll have characters that you hated you love, characters you hated you despise, and characters you DIDN’T WANT TO SEE GO!!!
I really loved Rem and Franklin's relatio
Deseree Jones
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a book! (For this review I am going to be vague to be careful not to give away spoilers!) For this week's genre choice I really wanted to read Ember of Ashes but the library did not have it. I was disappointed when I had to choose another book and just reading the first chapter of Tattoo Atlas, I knew that it would be a painful book to get through. The first chapter involved a human eating a live mouse and I could not even finish the paragraph so I thought this was going to be a bad book th ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, own, best-reads-2020
I finished this book in two days.


enough said.
i am literally going to be thinking about this book for years. holy shit.
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The premise of this novel is intriguing, and raises the ever-asked and perhaps unanswerable question: should we, if possible by means of technology, interfere with the brains of others to alter their personalities in an effort to "improve" their humanity? This is a question I love to debate within my own mind, as you could argue the pros and cons of either side until the end of time. It is also interesting for me, as a person in the medical field, whose job it is to administer oral medications t ...more
Noelle Strait
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book grappled with some tough issues and made the reader decide what "evil" and "love" mean. The mother of the main character, Rem, is trying to see if they can cure Franklin, a psychopathic teenager, using a brain implant. However, as the book progresses, the reader begins to learn that the mother's methods are not always conventional and moral. Rem is stuck wondering if evil is curable, and if the end result outweighs the corrupt measures taken to get there. Rem not only battles with the ...more
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Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
"So what did he do?"
Franklin's eyes darted toward me. "He kept me away from you."

This could have been the most romantic book I read this year, until it's not. Somewhere along the way it turns into a thriller with sci-fi element O.o and I love it. Sure there are things that are just too good to be true: Franklin's hacking ability (come on, he was held in the facility owned by military), the cops who always seem to be sleeping.

But I love the idea and I also love the overall execution (no pun i
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars

An interesting premise about the morality of interfering with someone's free will, but the novel seemed 1) far too rushed, 2) was filled with unsympathetic and downright unlikable characters, and 3) failed to make me root for Franklin and Rem's "relationship" or Franklin's new-found empathy which - considering those two things were the very basis of the novel - left me feeling very meh about the whole thing.
Jack Reynolds
Mar 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Didn't have time to find that out, Past Dazz. Unfortunately, several things pissed me off by pg. 23 that I couldn't continue further with Tattoo Atlas.

3/5/16 (Before Reading)

This Rem name sounds familiar. Oh, wait:


Hopefully this Rem is better than THAT Rem in the GIF.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a brave book in many ways, and wasn't anything I was expecting. Nothing went as I expected it, and I could appreciate the twists and turns the story took. Side note: I appreciated that The characters sounded like teenagers, instead of miniature adults.

May have to check out Floreen's other book.
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***Tim loves hearing from readers but doesn't spend much time on Goodreads. If you'd like to message him, visit his website: www.timfloreen.com.***

Tim's debut novel, Willful Machines, is out now from Simon Pulse. His follow-up, Tattoo Atlas, will be released on October 18, 2016.

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