The last book in Alice Broadway‘s Ink trilogy came out on Thursday. Having thoroughly enjoyed the first two books Ink and Spark I was eager to get my hands on this lovely tomme. Before I begin my review, I would like to give a special shout out to Jamie Gregory for creating such a beautiful cover. I know that my photos won’t do it justice, as the simple yet powerful artwork is foiled so the book glitters and is a wonderful addition to my bookshelf.
Ink taught Leora that all was not what it seems on the surface. Spark taught her that there are two sides to every story.
Now Leora has had enough of lessons – she wants to make her own story.
The explosive finale to the best-selling INK trilogy sees Leora struggling to reconcile her past and her future – and recognising that there may be no easy answers.
I absolutely devoured this book. I felt that it was an interesting way of wrapping up a YA dystopian series. There was no major battle as commonly seen in this genre, but instead a lot of subtle political moves that I think better reflect real life politics.
I did however feel a little disappointed at the end. While I knew that there was not going to be all out war in this book, I was expecting a fight scene a the the end. What I got felt rushed and slightly unclear. I felt that the epilogue was needed to clear things up (which it did) but I also felt that maybe if the previous few chapters were slightly better written, it wouldn’t be needed.
We must consider the living and we ourselves must choose life.Scar
The characters in this book was fascinating, as they seemed to not be too overly heroic or grand or too fictional. We see them make mistakes and big ones as well as live with the consequences of their actions in a way that is often unseen in fiction.
I enjoyed the development of Saintstone as a community in this book, as when we were last here for a significant amount of time in Ink, we didn’t get to see it develop in the same way that we saw Featherstone develop in Spark. I liked how the community grew and changed in a realistic way that also highlighted how quickly people grow bored and discontented.
Overall I thought that this was a good book, but after reading the other two books in this series, I felt that it wasn’t quite as good. I give this book three stars.