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Author: Floreen, Tim
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 978-1481432801
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grades 9 to12

Tattoo Atlas

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Hmm. How to sum up this contemporary story in a few words… Let’s start with the beginning words from the book:

Almost a year after Franklin Kettle shot my friend Pete Lund through the head, a squad of cops took Franklin to my mom’s lab so she could put a hole in his head and slide a small electronic capsule inside.

Wow! That will get your students reading the book.

This is Rem’s story. His mom, an experimental scientist looking for a “cure” for cruel and violent impulses, has accepted Franklin into her program. As a result, Rem ends up having repeated encounters with Franklin and starts to think that something has changed in him. Or has it?

Another classmate turns up dead. Is Franklin cured? Or did he kill again? Is there another monster out there? Rem needs to find out. This sounds like a simple murder mystery with a little bit of Sci Fi – Frankenstein thrown into the mix. However, it’s so much more. Rem’s mother might not be as ethical as we would like. The reader discovers the complicated nature of Rem’s relationship to Franklin before the shooting and how actions proceeding the tragedy appear to have ramifications to Rem and his friends. Nothing is a simple as it first looked.

This is a story that grabs you from the beginning taking your hand and running you through the maze of an ambitious plot that is executed with a genius touch by the author, Floreen.

Short chapters. Fast read. Dark. Makes you think.

 



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