In this world, tattoos are not a choice—they are a destiny. What is inked beneath your skin becomes your life’s work. And Caenum can’t wait to run from it all.
This book had been on my TBR for a while, and then the coolest thing happened – the author took to his blog asking for more people to read and review it before the publication of the sequel (which should be out soon!). So I had a reason to get to it earlier than planned! And man, oh man, did I enjoy this one! I’m a big fan of the post-apocalyptic/dystopian YA trend, and I devoured Inked. Devoured!
Wait, tattoos do what?
In the world that Caenum lives in, each person gets inked on his or her eighteenth birthday, and the ink decides what kind of work that person will do for the rest of his or her life. Yes, you read that correctly—even if it’s not something you know beforehand, the ink under a person’s skin has the same job as the Sorting Hat at Hogwarts—each young person is “sorted” into different career paths based on what the ink does. And yes, the ink isn’t static—it moves and changes under a person’s skin, affecting his or her mood and demeanor, if they let it.
So… what’s the plot?
Well, this is where it gets complicated (in the best way). Caenum wants to run away from being inked, but his best friend/love interest Dreya convinces him to stay. And then they both get tangled up in harboring a so-called enemy of the Citadel (the governing body of their world), so they have to run. Well, this enemy of the Citadel (Kenzi) isn’t really an enemy at all—he just has his own magic that he can wield in both helpful and dangerous ways, once he figures out how to control it. So Kenzi, Caenum, and Dreya are on the run, and they get found and captured several times, until they finally make it to their original destination—the Sanctuary, where all of those who possess their own magic go to train and live in quiet rebellion of the Citadel. Because there’s a reason the Citadel has been hunting people who have their own magic, and it’s sinister enough to make Caenum and his friends want to fight back.
I know. I thought so too, when I was about halfway through the book. It seemed like a Hunger Games or Divergent type story, and it is in some ways. But I was so pleasantly surprised with how it all ended that I’ve been eagerly awaiting the sequel (which now won’t be out until next spring). Caenum isn’t like all of the other post-apocalyptic young adult chosen-ones. He isn’t content to just kill people willy-nilly, for the good of the cause. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll leave it at that. It was something I needed in a genre full of death and destruction.
Inked gets an A- from me!
I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I don’t anticipate reading it again. The sequel, though, is a different story… 🙂