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Tattoo Atlas Review

4/5

 

A teenage sociopath is “fixed” after he gets an implant that’s supposed to cure him in this thrilling coming of age tale from the author of Willful Machines.

A year ago, Rem Braithwaite watched his classmate Franklin Kettle commit a horrific crime.

Now, apart from the nightmares, life has gone back to normal for Rem. Franklin was caught, convicted, and put away in juvenile detention for what he did. The ordeal seems to be over.

Until Rem’s mother selects Franklin as a test subject for an experimental brain procedure intended to “cure” him of his cruel and violent impulses. Suddenly Rem’s memories of that day start coming back to the surface. His nightmares become worse than ever. Plus he has serious doubts about whether his mother’s procedure will even work. Can evil really just be turned off?

Then, as part of Franklin’s follow-up testing, he and Rem are brought face to face, and Rem discovers…Franklin does seem different. Despite everything, Rem finds himself becoming friends with Franklin. Maybe even something more than friends.

But when another of their classmates turns up dead, Rem’s world turns upside-down yet again. Franklin insists that he’s innocent, that he’s cured, but Rem doesn’t know what to believe. Is someone else responsible for this new murder, or is Franklin fated to stay a monster forever? And can Rem find out the answer to this question before the killer, whoever it is, comes after him too?

I requested this book from Simon Pulse this doesn’t not change my opinion at all! (Thank you Simon Pulse!!!!)

I SHOULD probably start off with saying, the first chapter is a bit graphic. Also there’s minimal animal violence, if that makes sense. If that bothers you, you have been warned.

What I Liked

  • Usually I can figure out how a book ends, with Tattoo Atlas, it was a mystery. I kept suspecting the wrong people which was GREAT because it ended up becoming a awesome shocking story.
  • As I read, the story played out like a movie. The whole thing was super intense and well written, I was gripped (and kind of freaked out) from page one. You know a book is good when you can’t put it down, Tattoo Atlas was this book. I think I need to read more of Tim Floreen’s books 🙂

What I Didn’t Like

  • Both of these points are more personal opinions… The whole book kind of sort of made it seem like video games were the problem. This really bothered me because I play video games and I don’t think they mess people up. Well, I don’t think kids should be playing rated M games, and I don’t think they should be playing violent games all day. They should be outside, or something. I just don’t believe video games are the problem and it bothered me that EVERYTHING linked back to a game :/ really?
  • Another personal opinion, one of the characters didn’t swear. Everyone acted like she was SO uptight because of that. Really? I don’t swear, I’m not uptight. I just felt a bit offended… There’s nothing wrong with the book though 🙂

Overall

  • Tattoo Atlas is an LGBT book (yay!) that is intense from page one. Tim Floreen is a great writer who had me gripped from page one. I can’t wait to read more of his future works. I hope this book ends up on more peoples radars 🙂
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