Blood and Ink by Jack Bridges
Publisher: Prizm Books (Torquere Press)
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, GLBT
Length: Short Story (63 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Annie’s grandmother knows old secrets, and Annie is strong and smart. Together, they keep the family safe through the drought. Then bigger trouble comes to their city, and Annie will need more than quick thinking if they are going to survive. Can Annie learn Grandma’s secrets in time?
Survival involves two things: making smart choices and stumbling across good luck. Annie can only control one of these factors, and only time will tell if she’s received the other one.
The pacing of this book was really well done. The main character doesn’t reveal all of her secrets to the audience right away, but she did give away enough clues to snag my interest before the first paragraph ended. I enjoyed slowly uncovering more and more about the world Annie lived as the plot progressed. It was nice to learn these things at such an even pace!
It would have been helpful to have some more details about the characters and their backstories. For example, I was never entirely sure how old Annie was. She was described in such a way that I was never sure if I should be imagining her as a seven-year-old child or a young teenager. There were also a few questions about her family structure that I would have liked to explore because the answers to them would have changed how I interpreted certain scenes.
With that being said, this was a deeply engrossing tale. The descriptions of the difficult circumstances that Annie and her family are attempting to survive made it impossible for me to stop reading. They were so vividly written that I couldn’t tear myself away from the plot until I knew what happened to these characters.
I’d heartily recommend Blood and Ink to anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic stories as much as I do.