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Tattoo Atlas

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Tattoo Atlas

Rem, Tor, Callie, Lydia and Pete grew up together on Boreal Street and thus have always referred to themselves as the Boreal Five. That is, until Franklin Kettle, one of their classmates who also grew up on their street, pulls out a gun and shoots Pete in the middle of class. Reduced to the Boreal Four, they're learning how to cope while Franklin is immediately arrested and locked up in juvenile detention.

"The characters are extremely well developed and unique, as is the plot of the novel. TATTOO ATLAS has a distinct, unique voice that creates the intense and hooking atmosphere of the book."

Rem's mom is a scientist, and she deems Franklin the perfect candidate for her lab's experimental brain procedure, to "cure" him of his evil and violent impulses. Rem still harbors hateful feelings toward Franklin and doubts whether you can really cure someone of their instinct to kill, but he tries to support his mom in whatever way he can. As the procedure progresses, Rem actually becomes involved when Franklin refuses to speak to any of the lab professionals and specifically requests to see Rem. The changes that begin to surface in Franklin slowly gives Rem a change of heart in an entirely unexpected direction.

Despite all that's already going on in Rem and his friend's lives, the romance aspect isn't going any smoother. From secret relationships to using others as coverups for who they truly like, the trust amongst them begins to crumble. Rem's finding it hard to tell right from wrong, who to love and who not to. Not only this, but just when Rem is beginning to think of Franklin as a whole new person, another murder occurs, similar to Pete's. Franklin pleads innocence and Rem felt sure he could trust him, but he's not sure of anything anymore. The one thing he is sure of is that he needs to watch his own back before he becomes the killer's next victim.

TATTOO ATLAS will get your heart beating and your mind racing. Questions of morality and psychology arise throughout the novel; can loathing turn really turn to love? Does a lack of empathy have a cure? None of the characters have a clean slate; each has had a hand in the problems surrounding their lives. Trust disintegrates when they need it most until the characters can't tell the difference between good and bad amongst each other. The characters are extremely well developed and unique, as is the plot of the novel. Things pick up quickly as the climax approaches, and then it all spirals down towards the heart wrenching conclusion. TATTOO ATLAS has a distinct, unique voice that creates the intense and hooking atmosphere of the book.

Reviewed by Maggie L., Teen Board Member on October 27, 2016

Tattoo Atlas
by Tim Floreen