If you touch your skin with ink, the marks you make will appear on your soulmate's skin too. Those who have this power are known as the Inked. It can be beautiful or dangerous, and for twenty-year-old Archie, it's both, in a very short space of time.
As an art student at a prestigious university in London, her hobbies include procrastination, doodling and daydreaming about whoever's writing the words that appear on her skin, and what she'll say when she finally meets him. If she ever does. Now that Inking is illegal, though, it's a risk even talking to him. She's not sure if she's willing to give up everything for a boy she's never met, but she knows that if she doesn't, she'll regret it for the rest of her life - however long that may be.
Mix loneliness, regret and fear with a touch of reckless passion, and you'll see Archie's motivation to do what she does. Because falling in love isn't a blessing, in this world. It's a curse. One that will likely get you killed. It's common knowledge that the Government will do almost anything to destroy the very notion: it's uncontrollable, and it makes people do stupid things. But exactly how far they will go remains a mystery, until now.
Turns out they have secrets too.
In a world where your life is under such strict control, sometimes the only power you have is what makes you different. The thing that makes you a target can become your greatest weapon. You can be the hunter, or the hunted - it's up to you, but you have to choose, because you can't be both. That's what they want you to think, but you'd be surprised how quickly one beast's predator can become another's prey. And if death is what it takes to break them, you have to be willing to give it everything you've got.
[#13 in Science Fiction] [#26 in General Fiction]
[Note: this is not your average soulmate au.]
[This book has a very mild TW in place.]
[cover photo by Brandon Woelfel]
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