Saturday, October 8, 2011

XVI by Julia Karr

Genre:  YA Speculative Fiction

Description (taken from Julia Karr's website):
In the year 2150, being a girl isn’t necessarily a good thing, especially when your sixteenth (read sex-teenth) birthday is fast approaching. That in itself would be enough to make anyone more than a little nuts, what with the tattoo and all – but Nina Oberon’s life has taken a definite turn for the worse. Her mother is brutally stabbed and left for dead. Before dying, she entrusts a secret book to Nina, telling her to deliver it to Nina's father. But, first Nina has to find him; since for fifteen years he's been officially dead. Complications arise when she rescues Sal, a mysterious, and ultra hot guy. He seems to like Nina, but also seems to know more about her father than he’s letting on. Then there’s that murderous ex-government agent who’s stalking her, and just happens to be her little sister’s dad.

This book is set in the future where it's easy to tell who's of age and who's not.  It also makes you question how well a government can be trusted when they brand you for your own safety.  I enjoyed this book, but it seemed like I spent the majority of the time trying to untangle the truth as the plot continued to unfold.  I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel.

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