Review: XVI

November 30, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★½

Review: XVI
XVI by Julia Karr
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Publisher: Penguin
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 272
Release Date: January 6th 2011
Genres: Adolescence, Family, General, Girls & Women, Social Issues, Young Adult
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

I seem to be one of the few people who actually liked this book. Immediately after reading it I bought the sequel on my Nook, which is rare given how stingy I am with my Nook money. After reading many reviews I do somewhat see what most of the people where talking about. This story being a bit cliche, similar to other dystopian books. Let’s be completely honest with ourselves here, the vast majority of dystopian books follow the same exact outline story wise. I’ve accepted that they’ll all most likely be similar and moved on to enjoy the books for what they are.

In Nina’s world, once girls turn sixteen they are given a XVI tattoo. Most of the girls are excited to get it. But they’ve been blinded by social media and don’t know the truth of what the tattoo has in store for them. Guys when they see the tattoos take it as a “free sex” pass since the girls have officially become legal (And I emphasize officially because some other readers got confused and thought the tattoo meant they could have sex, but it mentions more than once that some of the girls have had sex before their sixteenth. So it’s kind of like how our law is eighteen, but the majority do it before they turn eighteen)

Her Society denies the rumors of rape and if it wasn’t for Nina’s mother constantly telling her about how she should be careful, she’d believe them too.

After the “brutal blow” as the goodreads description likes to call it, Nina becomes a wreck trying to protect her family, friends and herself as she realizes the complete truth about the world she lives in.


Rating Report
Overall: 4.5

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