XVI by Julia KarrTuesday, May 03, 2011
Nina is terrified of branding herself of the government issued, traditional tattoo of XVI when she turns sixteen. If she hadn't had enough problems, her life is turned upside down when her mom dies. Ginnie's last words were to keep Dee, Nina's half-sister, safe from Ed, Ginnie's abusive boyfriend and that Nina's father, Alan, (once thought dead) is very much alive. Nina's life take yet another turn when she discovers that her parents and their friends were NonCons, people strongly against the government. Nina gives herself an attitude adjustment, when she learns more about the government's schemes, turns sixteen, experiences a few bruises, and even falls in love.
Why am I hooked on the dystopian genre? Because books like this just blow me away.
Nina was a great developed character. I felt I knew her life within the pages provided to me and still wanted to know more. I loved how Nina would stop at nothing to watch over her sister, Dee; how Nina was so determined in carrying out Ginnie's last wishes. Wei symbolized hope for Nina. Wei was like a shining beacon, screaming that sixteen was not always what the government says it is. I think when Nina met Wei, it was the turning point- she was first beginning to realize that she could make her own choices. Sal was certainly amazing! Nina and Sal's relationship was fantastically-drawn so that every time they take the scene, you'll be holding your breath, wanting to know what will happen next.
Basically, the whole plot was like that as well. There was really never a dull moment. The dystopian genre is very popular right now, but after reading Matched in November I was very hesitant to pick this one up. I am very glad I did. The year is 2150 and the world is so unique, so fresh that I just wanted to get lost in it.
Julia Karr's writing was fantastic. Her diction flowed on very nicely in the story. I whined every time I was forced to put this book down because I just never wanted it to end. But it did, but don't worry because there will be a sequel. There are still plenty of unanswered questions left in XVI that for those who've read XVI, they will be anticipating the next one.
Rating:"Nina, look."XVI by Julia Karr, p. 1
Writing Style: 5