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Monday, May 9, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: XVI by Julia Karr

Rating: 4 out of 5

XVISummary: In the year 2150, the world has turned into a completely different place. At the age of 16, you are to receive a government issued tattoo verifying your age. When you are sex-teen, you can legally have sex, and it's actually considered the right thing to do. Nina lives with her mother Ginnie and her sister Dee in this society, but the last thing she wants to do is be a sex-teen, and yet it's the only thing her best friend Sandy can think about. When Nina's mother Ginnie is killed in an alley and placed on an infinity machine, Nina knows something isn't right. Only top tier individuals are placed on these machine's that suspend death, if only for a brief moment. After her mother's death, government agents raid her mother's house and Nina and her sister Dee move in with their grandparents, and Nina returns to her old school and her old friends. What follows is a strange turn of events. Noncon's are slowly working on The Resistance, working to take down the governing council. Was Ginnie right? Is Nina's father still alive? Is he a NonCon? And her friends, why do they all seem to know her father and know things that she's never heard of? And why can't Ed, her mothers married boyfriend leave her and Dee alone? And what was her mother really hiding?

My thoughts: When I first began reading this, I really questioned why I was still reading it. It seems strange. A world ruled by the media and advertising, a government that governs sexuality. Women that have no rights and are used as sexual objects for which men can do as they please. However, as I read more into the story, things started to unfold and I really became interested in this dystopian world, that if you question it long enough, you can really see how at some point in time, this COULD really happen to our society.

Our society is kind of there anyway, minus the complete and utter use of technology for everything. Fashion magazines and teen magazines portray sexuality, flirting and beauty as the only way to get ahead in life. It's scary and interesting because I can see it being a possibility.

I enjoyed this story, a lot more than I expected. I rooted for the main character Nina so much because I really dislike how their rights were taken away and so overtly controlled by a government that is so willing to kill, to lie and to use and abuse people for their complete pleasure. This is definitely a great read and one I think those interested in YA or dystopian should consider reading. 


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