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Set in a fictional city and small, rural town in the U.S. during a 10-year span, the novel is told in four voices: a journalist; an ink who works in a local ...
Set in a fictional city and small, rural town in the U.S. during a 10-year span, the novel is told in four voices: a journalist; an ink who works in a local population control office; an artist strongly tied to a specific piece of land; and a teenager whose mother runs an inkatorium (a sanitarium-internment center opened in response to public health concerns about inks).
The main characters grapple with ever-changing definitions of power, home and community; relationships that expand and complicate their lives; personal magicks they don't fully understand; and perceptions of "otherness" based on ethnicity, language, class and inclusion. In this world, the protagonists' magicks serve and fail, as do all other systems - government, gang, religious organization - until only two things alone stand: love and memory.
Posted October 15, 2012
I can't say enough good things about this book. Sabrina Vourvoulias's storytelling style is heartbreaking and joyful at the same time. She alternates between four main points of view, and each character does have a distinct voice and mindset to be explored. The action takes place over quite a number of years as the author's dystopian world grows darker and then lighter. This is the near future, a very possibly real near future, with characters from all walks of life who feel the effects of a darkening society differently but none of whom exists carefree.
There is also, as there always is with this author's work, magic worked into the dystopia. The magic is subtle at first, and very grounded, but ultimately plays an important role in shaping events.
INK is not a book that fits into easy categorization. It's dysptopia. It's magical realism. It's paranormal. It's a societal analysis. It's all of this and much more.
You owe it to yourself to read INK, and see what questions the author raises in your mind ... and to ask yourself, if this society came to pass in my lifetime, where would I fit and what would I do? Would you be one of the INKed?(