Sometimes your only chance to survive, and what you most fearâ€¦ is to be INKED.
Tattoos once were an act of rebellion.
Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin.
And in a world where Ink controls your fate, Caenum can't escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice.
But when he upsets the very Scribe scheduled to give him his Ink on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.
Now Caenum, Dreya, and their reluctant companion Kenzi must find their way to the Sanctuary, a secret town where those with the gift of magic are safe. Along the way, they learn the truth behind Ink, its dark origins, and why they are the only ones who can stop the Citadel.
Eric Smith takes you on a fast-paced fantasy adventure, perfect for anyone who has dreamed of being differentâ€¦only to discover that destiny is more than skin deep.
***I received an ARC from Bloomsbury USA Children's Books for an honest review. Expected publication date 1/20/15***
Right from the beginning I was excited to read a story where the norm was to have everyone tattooed. Instead of being excited to be Inked, our hero Caenum feared the process. Eric Smith builds a future world where the Citadel controls the ink and the to be Unprinted is to be a curse. Unlike today where ink expresses who you are, the ink of the future decides not only who you are, but what your profession will be.
Caenum, Dreya and Kenzi begin a rocky friendship and we watch as the trials and tribulations solidify that friendship and turns Caenum into a leader. With plot twists and turns that made me go whoa, I felt that the story was rushed to conclude the story. Honestly felt that it would have flowed better if written in two parts and expanded. Saying that, I did enjoy the story from start to finish and believe if I could have living ink that didn’t come from a conduit it would be pretty awesome.