Tattoo by Michelle Rene

Actual Rating: 3.5

*I received a free e-copy of this review in exchange for an honest opinion.*

This was interesting! From the blurb, I was super interested in the world-building and the author did not disappoint. The setting was a scary blend of fantasy and realism, and I felt like this made it even more relatable and immersive.

Tattoo takes place in a world where everyone is marked by tattoos that tell the stories of our lives. Every sin, every moment in your past appears on the skin, for everyone else to see. The only way to hide them would be to visit illegal tattoo artists who have learned how to cover it up with clean skin. And then there are flesh dealers.

When a young woman suddenly arrives with completely unblemished skin, the world is thrown into chaos. People see her as a mystery, or as a monster – but in the midst of all this, there is a small band of people who still have goodness in their hearts, who know there is something that needs to be done.

Another unique thing about this book is the chronology – it’s written in reverse order! To be honest, it did confuse me a little bit at first but I actually really liked this formatting as it allowed the reader to be thrust into a jarring new world that they could then gradually learn more about.

Personally I’ve never been a huge fan of books written in multiple perspectives, and honestly, this was no different, as I definitely liked some point of views better than others. (The tattoo artist’s chapter was my favorite!) Nevertheless, it was interesting to see how the story seemed to weave amongst the different characters.

Overall, I thought this was a quick and intense read, perfect for readers of dystopian or fantasy!