Happy Easter! I hope everyone got lots of beautiful eggs and is spending time with loved ones.
Today’s book has to be one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen! The photo above hardly does it justice.
From the blurb:
There are many secrets in Saintstone…
Imagine a world where your every action, your every deed, is marked on your skin for all to see. And Leora has something to hide.
Leora lives in a place called Saintstone, where everyone is tattooed with the major events and decisions of their lives. Every year you get a mark to show you have aged a year, you are marked when you marry, when you have a child, if you get a promotion… pretty much everything is inked into your skin.
When you die, your skin is turned into a book, which is then kept and remembered by your family for generations to come, but only if you are judged worthy.
There were people in Saintstone without marks, many years ago, but the “blanks” were banished. How can you trust someone you can’t read?
Leora only has the official marks, she can’t decide who she wants to be – what marks would tell people who she truly is?
When her father dies, and his book is found to have discrepancies, Leora starts to question everything in her life. If she didn’t know her own parents, how can she trust anyone?
This was a really interesting concept, if a little dark. The writing style feels more like junior (middle) school reading level than young adult, but the actual content is more suitable for teenagers.
I gave this 3/5 stars on Goodreads, it was good and I enjoyed it, there was a big “1984” thing going on, and I’m excited to see how the series progresses.
Let me know if you’ll be picking up this book in the comments below.