Skin Books, Book 1
From the dust jacket, “There are no secrets in Saintstone. From the moment you’re born, every achievement, every failing, and every significant moment are all immortalized on your skin. There are honorable makes that let people know you’re trustworthy. And shameful tattoos that announce you as a traitor.
“After her father dies, Leora finds solace in the fact that his skin tells a wonderful story. that is, until she glimpses a mark on the back of his neck … the symbol of the worst crime a person can commit in Saintstone. Leora knows it has to be a mistake, but before she can do anything about it, the horrifying secret gets out, jeopardizing her father’s legacy … and Leora’s life.
“In her startling prescient debut, Alice Broadway shines a light on the dangerous lengths we go to make our world feel orderly—even when the truth refuses to stay within the lines. This rich, lyrical fantasy with echoes of Orwell is unlike anything you’ve ever read, a tale guaranteed to get under your skin …”
And get under my skin, it did! I read it in two days it was so good and captivating. Leora is so meek and compliant in the beginning but in a matter of a few months she grows into herself and becomes a confident young woman who does the seemingly impossible.
I’ve read books where the characters tattooing is meaningful to the story. But this is the first story I’ve read where a whole society revolves around a person’s lifetime collection of tattoos. There is a ring of dystopian fiction to it but its beautifully told and the author saves the best for last to keep you turning the pages.
Rating: 4 out of 5 paws – an original story, a strong female protagonist, and beautifully told – a perfect combination!!