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Ink by Alice Broadway
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bookshelves: art, kids-with-jobs, religion-spirituality, speculative-fiction

As a tattooed person, I was attracted to the premise. The book, unfortunately, didn't entirely work. For instance, when Leora meets Obel, the master inker she's apprenticed to, she says she's "no good at guessing ages" -- but his "bare arms" are on display, where we know everyone receives annual age marks. Over and over Leora has told us that someone's whole life is visible from their marks, so why can't she see Obel's age at a glance? Also, (view spoiler)

The story kept me turning pages; the drama is real. But the worldbuilding is weak and has nothing new to say about prejudice. Now that I know this is meant to be the beginning of a series, maybe Broadway will develop the world further with more depth and coherence? Fans of Matched or Divergent may get into this too, but I'm not inclined to recommend it yet for my more discerning readers.
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Reading Progress

July 31, 2018 – Started Reading
July 31, 2018 – Shelved
July 31, 2018 – Shelved as: art
July 31, 2018 – Shelved as: kids-with-jobs
July 31, 2018 – Shelved as: religion-spirituality
July 31, 2018 – Shelved as: speculative-fiction
July 31, 2018 – Finished Reading

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