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XVI

Karr, Julia (Paperback - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
XVI
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At fifteen, Nina Oberon leads a pretty normal life that includes family, friends, and school. However, Nina lives in a totalitarian future society in which all girls are required to get a Governing Council-ordered "XVI" wrist tattoo on their 16th birthdays, announcing to the world that they are ready for sex. Becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear until, right before her birthday, her mother is brutally attacked and reveals a shocking truth to Nina with her dying breaths that changes everything Nina thought she knew about her life. Now, alone but for her younger sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.
Authors: Karr, Julia
Statement of Responsibility: Julia Karr
Title: XVI
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2011
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Includes author interview and discussion questions (p. [326]-[328])
Summary: At fifteen, Nina Oberon leads a pretty normal life that includes family, friends, and school. However, Nina lives in a totalitarian future society in which all girls are required to get a Governing Council-ordered "XVI" wrist tattoo on their 16th birthdays, announcing to the world that they are ready for sex. Becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear until, right before her birthday, her mother is brutally attacked and reveals a shocking truth to Nina with her dying breaths that changes everything Nina thought she knew about her life. Now, alone but for her younger sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.
Subject Headings: Teenage girls Fiction Teenage girls Government policy Fiction Sex customs Fiction Murder Fiction Family secrets Fiction Totalitarianism Fiction Dystopias Fiction
Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Topical Term: Teenage girls
Teenage girls
Sex customs
Murder
Family secrets
Totalitarianism
Dystopias
Alternate Title: 16
Sixteen
ISBN: 9780142417713
0142417718
Branch Call Number: FIC K
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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Seriously this book is a bit of a cliche fest, some of the premises were farfetched, it has a tendency to drop exposition bombs on you without warning, and Ed is too skeevy to believe. With all that though, the book is exciting, and the premise is kind interesting.

Jul 03, 2013
  • Mariysha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved It! The idea of living in a world like this was terrifying and reading about the characters overcome the challenges was interesting. It was hard to put down the book.

Aug 29, 2012
  • acupcakelol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful. Reminds me of Scott Westerfield's Uglies Series.

Jul 12, 2012
  • paperbullets rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed the unflinching honesty with which this author writes. The topic of teenage sexuality is an uncomfortable one for America, but it is a topic that desperately needs to be addressed. Not many people are willing to write without bias on this topic, but I think Julia Karr has really got it right in showing the external social pressures teens face, as well as the hormonal pressures within. Even though the setting is in a future dystopic world, the topics dealt with (peer pressure, sexuality, class struggles, civic participation) are relevant to current readers, especially young adult ones, who are deluged with a flood of information on these topics and others.

Jun 18, 2012
  • Ambiii rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I would hate to live in a world like this. Too nerve racking to live up to a life like that.

Go for people/teenagers who want to read about a girl's life with rasicm. It is set in the future.

In a way, this book reminded me of 1984 and The Secret Life of Linus Hoppe. It was a little bit too predictable, but I think for those who have not read any of George Orwell's books, or been exposed to the idea of a similar-like government, this would be a rather interesting book. It was a little bit for the younger teen audience (15-16) at times, and I felt that the romance at some times was too rushed or predictable--not developed as well as it could have been. But the ideas that this book exhibit are very important and intriguing.

May 28, 2011
  • Jennmro rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting and easy read. Both thought provoking and entertaining although the ending felt a little rushed.

Julia Karr's fast-paced, futuristic thriller XVI was not what I expected. Upon reading the first three sentences on the back cover ("Every girl gets one. An XVI tattoo on the wrist—sixteen. They say they're there for protection.") My first thought was: "Not another teenage dystopian novel!" Then I read the next sentence: "Some girls can't wait to be sixteen, to be legal." My next thought? "Uh-oh. This book has A Message." Clearly, XVI was about sex. And just as clearly, it was going to have a strong bias of some sort—which way, I wasn't sure, but I would have bet towards abstinence.
But then I read it. Yes, XVI is a dystopian novel, and yes, sex as related to teenage girls does play a large role in it. The main character, Nina, lives in Chicago in 2150. The government is a Big-Brother-esque creation, and on every girls' sixteenth birthday she receives a tattoo on her wrist, signifying to the world that she's ready for sex—moreover, essentially making her a free-for-all: the girls are encouraged to be "Sex-teens", and the culture is heavily inundated with teenage sexuality. I admit, it was a storyline concept that I wasn't entirely comfortable with.
But XVI is well written, fast-paced, incredibly engaging, and, while disturbing, not overly so. In fact, it manages a near perfect balance between the obligatory creepy government and the sort of teenage triumph that can be so satisfying in a young adult adventure novel. I won't give away too many plot details, because you don't really need to know them. There's a death or two, the typical shadowy resistance force that Nina gets involved with, some deadly government secrets, and a cute, prickly boy. This is not revolutionary stuff. But it is fun, original enough that you won't care that it maybe is just "another teenage dystopian novel", and never so twisted as to be off-putting. If you are up for a light read, I highly suggest XVI.

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Jul 03, 2013
  • Mariysha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Nina lives in a dystopian world where the axis of exaggeration is the sexualization of women and girls. Of course she finds out her father was a member of The Resistance, blah blah blah...

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