Feb • 18 • 2011
Series: Sixteen # 1
Genre: Young Adult-Dystopian
Author: Julia Karr
Release Date: January 6, 2011
“Nina Oberon’s life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she’ll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world—even the most predatory of men—that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a “sex-teen” is Nina’s worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina’s mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past—one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother’s killer.”
I liked this book and the way the world was portrayed. There were so many emotions and so many….changes in the world that it was easy to see with Ms. Karr writing.
This book is awesome. I like how Ms. Karr used the future of the world and what is going on today to formulate a wonderful story. Never have I heard or read anything like it. The rules of her world are easy to see and how our world today is progressing. In XVI girls have to dress easy and be all sexed up by the time they turn 16. They are told how to act, what to wear, and to do stuff that is beyond disgusting.
The world of XVI is scary and one that some girls and women could relate today. Nina is a strong character with strong morals. She knows what she wants and what is right. In searching for her mom’s killer, Nina learns new secrets and is not bitter. She takes everything in stride, knowing that they were secrets for a reason. Nina is mature. Very mature and has learned things the hard way.
My only gripe about the book is that its slow. It takes a while to get into things and for things to start coming out. Of course I do understand because there is a lot of explaining of what the future is like in this book. if you like to read dyspotian and something of what this world s today, read this book. It will open your eyes like no other book has ever done.
I give it 4 BITES!