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Review: Tattoo by Kirsten Imani Kasai

Tattoo by Kirsten Imani Kasai (Ice Song #2)

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In an environmentally fragile world where human and animal genes combine, the rarest mutation of all—the Trader—can instantly switch genders. One such Trader, the female Sorykah, is battling her male alter, Soryk, for dominance and the right to live a full life.

Sorykah has rescued her infant twins from mad Matuk the Collector. Her children are safe. Her journey, she believes, is over, but Matuk’s death has unleashed darker, more evil forces. These forces, led by the Collector’s son, cast nets of power that stretch from the glittering capital of Neubonne to the murky depths below the frozen Sigue, where the ink of octameroons is harvested to make addictive, aphrodisiacal tattoos. Bitter enemies trapped within a single skin, Sorykah and Soryk are soon drawn into a sinister web of death and deceit.

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Kirsten Imani Kasai's  books are so weird and unique, they stay with you for a long time.  I've mentioned already that Ice Song was a very mad, visually bizarre, wild ride, but I quite liked it.

You certainly can not shove Ice Song series into any one catergory. There is a generous part of fantasy, a bit of dystopia with a sprinkle of sci-fi and even erotica present all of which confound and lure you deeper into the intricate plot. Very visual and quite dark, Tattoo just like its predecessor explores the corporate greed and the world of vice in a setting similar to Alaska during Gold Rush.

The characters feel like they just stepped out from Rocky Horror Show - vivid, dramatic and always askew:
Sorykah who is desperately trying to reject her curse and live a normal life; her selfish , impulsive and naive male counterpart - Soryk. Chen, Matuk's son, drowning his emptiness in drugs, slowly dying Sidra The Lovely, the queen of the hidden forest kingdom of mutants...

The writing is complicated and doesn't flow very well, it took me awhile to get through it. Kirsten's work is not for everyone, and you won't be able to understand the second book without reading the first (even then it's not guaranteed), but there is a certain beauty in its madness, which I found unforgettable.

Ice Song - 8/10

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Как и первая книга, Тату - это совершенно уникальная и странная смесь фэнтэзи, антиутопии, научной фантастики и совсем немножко, - эротики. Книга читалась довольно тяжело и долго, сюжет не всегда до меня доходил вовремя, но несмотря ни на что, мне пришлись по вкусу странные, тёмные и красочные персонажи-тени, созданные мисс Касаи.

Кирстен описывает мир сродни Аляске времен золотой лихорадки, корпоративную жадность, уничтожающую окружающую среду и редкий вид людей-осьминогов, чьи чернила корпорация использует в качестве нового сильнейшего наркотика.

Сорика, спасшая своих детей и убившая Матука в предыдущей книге всего лишь желает вернуться к нормальной жизни, но так как она засветилась в качестве нового игрока среди интриг корпорации и сопротивления местного народа, и те и другие пытаются вовлечь её в борьбу между ними.

Ситуацию осложняет то, что Сорик - мужская часть её тела пытается вернуться к своей возлюбленной - королеве мутантов, Сидре, беременной его ребёнком. Так что оба, -  и наивный, эгоистичный Сорик, и Сорика, дерутся за контроль над телом и его генами.

Тату как и Песнь Льда не придётся по вкусу каждому, но их яркие образы и безумный сюжет останутся надолго в вашей памяти.
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