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XVI
by Julia Karr

Overview - Like all girls in her society, Nina will receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday--XVI. Those letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world that she is ready for sex. But after the brutal death of her mother, Nina learns a shocking truth about her past.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Like all girls in her society, Nina will receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday--XVI. Those letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world that she is ready for sex. But after the brutal death of her mother, Nina learns a shocking truth about her past. Original.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780142417713
  • ISBN-10: 0142417718
  • Publisher: Speak
  • Publish Date: January 2011
  • Page Count: 325
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Dystopian
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-11-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Gender politics and sexual awareness play prominent roles in Karr's thought-provoking dystopian debut, set in a totalitarian future where world peace came at the cost of certain civil liberties and personal freedoms. At 16, every girl gets a XVI tattoo to signify her status as a sexually legal adult, along with a chance to join the Female Liaison Specialists (FeLS), often the only hope "low-tier" girls have of escaping poverty. Despite mounting peer pressure, Nina refuses to buy into the "sex-teen" mindset thrust on her and her friends since they were young. After her mother is murdered, Nina embarks on a hunt for the father she never knew, even as her mother's creepy boyfriend stalks her for unknown reasons. Nina may possess a key to shattering the corrupt government and the secret behind FeLS, but must decipher it before tragedy strikes again. An unusual blend of futuristic thriller and pro-abstinence advocacy, Karr's story has much to say about the increasing sexualization of teenagers. The balance between plot and preaching can be wobbly, but overall, it's a solid, enjoyable story. Ages 14–up. (Jan.)

 
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