Author(s): Alice Broadway
Original Publish Date: Jan 02, 2018
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.98 hours)
Product Number: Z100132223
Released: Jan 02, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781338279863
Narrator/s: Amy Shiels
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A deliciously dark, gorgeously-written YA mystery that'll prickle your skin . . . and leave a permanent mark. There are no secrets in Saintstone. From the second you're born, every achievement, every failing, every significant moment are all immortalized on your skin. There are honorable marks that let people know you're trustworthy. And shameful tattoos that announce you as a traitor. After her father dies, Leora finds solace in the fact that his skin tells a wonderful story. That is, until she glimpses a mark on the back of his neck . . . the symbol of the worst crime a person can commit in Saintstone. Leora knows it has to be a mistake, but before she can do anything about it, the horrifying secret gets out, jeopardizing her father's legacy . . . and Leora's life. In her startlingly prescient debut, Alice Broadway shines a light on the dangerous lengths we go to make our world feel orderly--even when the truth refuses to stay within the lines. This rich, lyrical fantasy with echoes of Orwell is unlike anything you've ever read, a tale guaranteed to get under your skin . . .

Professional reviews

"In Saintstone, everyone's story is told on their skin. Inking is a noble profession. Lives are told through marks and preserved after death in skin books. These practices are linked to a tale of two sisters--one marked and good, one not marked (blank) and evil. Amy Shiels's soft, round tones and persistent pacing heighten the otherworldly feel of this audiobook, and her characterizations gradually unveil a spellbinding mystery. The first-person story of Leora, a young inker who is beginning to question the society in which she's been raised, also includes folktales of her community. Shiels navigates seamlessly through a sizable cast, bringing warmth and weight to each character and drawing listeners further into Leora's investigation of the town's true history. K.S.B. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"