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Rash

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,605 Ratings  ·  426 Reviews
Consumption of alcohol: Illegal.
Football and other "violent" sports: Illegal.
Ownership of guns, chain saws, and/or large dogs: Illegal.
Body piercings, tattoos: Illegal.
It's late in the twenty-first century, and the United Safer States of America (USSA) has become a nation obsessed with safety. For Bo Marsten, a teenager who grew up in the USSA, it's all good. He knows the
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Hardcover, Large Print, 323 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by Thorndike Press (first published June 1st 2006)
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Amanda
Sep 15, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, blog
My immediate thought after finishing Rash: Huh. For it is a peculiar novel. And I'm still not entirely sure what to say about it. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. However, I think its target audience would love it. That audience is teen and preteen boys, and heaven (aka Barnes and Noble) knows there aren't enough books out there for them.

The novel is set in the not too distant future of the United States, which is now known as the USSA (United Safer States of America). In this dystopian-lite f
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Duffy Pratt
May 01, 2013 Duffy Pratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this dystopian satire, the USSA (the extra S is for safety or socialism) has criminalized most marginally unsafe activities. For example, you must wear a helmet and pads to walk down the street. This may seem silly, but it does not appear that law abiding citizens work. And the government has eliminated its prison system. Instead, it contracts out its prisoners to companies. Thus, criminalizing behavior has become a good profit center for the government, and it can increase safety while secur ...more
Justine
Jun 16, 2015 Justine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Divertissant, ça se lit. Mais j'ai pas compris l'intérêt du livre... :/
Amit Sarker
Nov 23, 2014 Amit Sarker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rash is a brilliant piece of literature written by Pete Hautman because it shows what happens in the future and also shows on the behavior of what really does happen in the future. The book is really about a teenager boy named Bo who loves running. He wants to set a school record for the 100 meter dash in sprinting but obviously has other problems. Everything changed in the United States, even the name. Now in 2050 (present time) it is called USSA. Technology and all other health circumstances i ...more
Shannon
Sep 28, 2007 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adolescent literature lovers
Can you imagine a world where safety procedures rule…literally? Dropping fruit, failing to take medicine, and walking without a “safety helmet” is actually illegal is the late 21st century U.S.S.A. (The extra “S” stands for safety.) Not surprisingly, up to one-third of adult citizens are in corporate-owned prisons at any one point of time. After all, someone has to do the “dangerous” jobs that keep the country and economy going. (Did you ever realize how dangerous it is to produce frozen pizzas? ...more
Austin Baehnman
Oct 23, 2014 Austin Baehnman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book “Rash” by Pete Hautman is an exciting action filled book that I think would be fun for everyone to read. I think this book is pretty good, but it wasn't what I expected. What I was expecting was more like a “Hatchet” type book, but what I got was a futuristic society that is crazy about safety. When someone puts another person’s life in danger they are sent to a work camp for a number of years. This ties into the main character and his family because the men in the family are known for ...more
Maranda  (Athroneofbooks)
Rash is placed in the United Safer States of America, where everything is safe and nothing is fun. Though it's not so bad for those who grew up there as they have nothing to compare it with. In the United States today people seem to be so dramatic/worried about everything, this is a world where the government steps in and makes everything safe. With that safety they lose their freedoms, among the now illegal is alcohol, football, forgetting to take your medication, etc.

I instantly connected with
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Nathan Togstad
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Luke Sands
Oct 27, 2014 Luke Sands rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Saam
Jan 13, 2014 Saam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book written by Pete Hautman was amazing. I thought that the way the future was pictured by him could one day be true. Half of the country's population were imprisoned and the country used the prisoners for free work. I couldn't imagine how Bo felt when his father and his brother were in jail and he has a grandfather who drinks beer (which was illegal). Bo was a high school student and a runner. He and Karlohs were both runners and enemies. They both liked the same girl as well. Bo was medi ...more
Easton Groskreutz
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Drew V
Feb 05, 2015 Drew V rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rash; The Guide to Finding Yourself

If you were not allowed to eat french fries, own large dogs, or even play your favorite sport how would you react? If your favorite things were outlawed because they were deemed unsafe how would this change your life? In the futuristic society that Bo Marsten lives in, this is the case for him. These limiting laws can really affect a person a lot and for Bo, they do. As society seems to be teaming up against him, Bo starts to question a lot of choices in his li
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Raina
Aug 24, 2009 Raina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TBCD
This is a dystopian sports story.
Bo is a 16 year old living in the USSA - the United Safer States of America. In the USSA, everything dangerous is illegal. Football, french fries, aggressive language...
Bo is a runner on his high school track & field team. Runners in the USSA wear padding all over their bodies and run on a padded field. As a result, the running times are much longer than what we are used to today.
Bo's running rival is also encroaching on Bo's girlfriend. And when he is
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Jonathan
Nov 05, 2008 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes alot of action
Recommended to Jonathan by: a libarian
This book starts out with a kid named Bo, he's driven to be the best at running but also has a very bad temper. A tauting rival at school ends up pushing Bo to physically and verbally lash out at him which ends him up in jail. The book takes place in the future and so you can pretty much go to jail for any kind of violence. Luckily in jail a friend named bork who is a artificial intelligence that Bo was working on for a science project locates him in jail and acts as a lawyer to get him out of j ...more
Logan Erdmann
Dec 04, 2013 Logan Erdmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. This book takes place in the future and is about a young man named Bo Marsten. The country is run by the penile system and almost half of the population has served time. The country uses the prisoners for free work and to produce products. Bo’s brother and father are both serving time so he remains at home with his mom and grandpa for a short period of time. You can tell that Bo will serve time because of his temper.

The main characters are Bo, the Marsten family, Rhino,
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Genna
The book Rash is about a boy named Bo Marsten and it takes place in the year 2074.Bo comes from a long line of people in his family who have anger issues and Bo had already had fights with kids in his school. Now Bo has started to spread a rash through the school. Bo was forced to go to a prison in the tundra surrounded hungry polar bears where he was forced to make and eat pizza everyday. A few months later Bo and his roommate Rhino became gold shirts and where apart of a illegal football team ...more
Mccalla
I read the book “Rash” by Pete Hautman. It was an interesting book about the future. This book was written like it was present day, but what would be in the future for us. Unlike other books that have flying cars and science fiction, it was a normal life just years later. Obviously things were different but were realistic.

The book takes place about one hundred years ahead of our time now. So it calls our time the olden days. The USSA is where Bo, the main character lives. They are not aloud t
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Dniemuth04
Dec 01, 2013 Dniemuth04 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The novel, "RASH", By Pete Hautman is based on a fictional world in the future with safety being the top priority in society. Laws and restrictions get out of hand and are taken way too far. It gets to the point where you get thrown in jail just for being overweight. The main character, Bo, is on Levor, which is a pill that gives him extra time to react to a dangerous situation. For example, one of these situations would be verbally assaulting another human. Bo calls Kahlos, the popular jerk of
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Ana712
Jun 03, 2010 Ana712 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Rash by Pete Hautman, the main character, Bo, lives in the author's interesting perspective of late twenty-first century America. Being kind-of a rebel, Bo spends most of his life running: From being caught doing something robot controllers won't like, being in trouble with his family, being in trouble with his girlfriend, avoiding trouble he's already in and avoiding trouble he knows is yet to come. He spends most of his life running, physically and metaphorically, and in a way, so do I.
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Mark
Jul 06, 2009 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids with limited vocabulary
Recommended to Mark by: Howard County Public Schools summer reading list
Wow- that wasn't very impressive at all, but at least I'm not reading 5 books at the same time anymore. If you're going to write as teenager in the first person you a had better be good at it. And Pete Hautman is no J.D. Salinger. His writing sounds like an adult trying to dumb it down and sound like a teenager; it is unimpressive and downright insulting. The book was largely predictable too. His vision of the future comes off like an anti-government militia's insane babbling: "In the year 2074, ...more
Karen Ball
Feb 04, 2012 Karen Ball rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one's great! Bo Marsten lives in the USSA (the United Safer States of America), where you have to wear a helmet to walk, calling someone names is a misdemeanor and being obese is a felony. 20% of the population is imprisoned (mostly due to breaking the safety laws), and the prisons have become corporate workfarms -- they provide the basic labor that gets things produced. Bo's father and brother are both in prison, and Bo gets sent off to prison also -- seems there is a distinct family histo ...more
Abby
Mar 29, 2008 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anger management takes on a whole new meaning in this smart, funny teen novel -- set in a dystopian future USA (renamed the USSA, for United Safer States of America) where public safety concerns have replaced personal liberty. Anything bad for you -- alcohol, cigarettes, junk food -- or dangerous -- contact sports, skateboarding -- has been outlawed. And if you let your temper get the best of you, you might wind up in jail. This is what happens to Bo Marsten, a teen who is sentenced to 3 years o ...more
Boyd
Aug 30, 2007 Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dystopian fiction
Welcome to the future: a United States so safe that it's been renamed the USSA (United Safe States of America). Here everything from football to skateboarding to drinking has been banned. Walking down the street requires protective pads and a safety helmet. Everyone's safe and happy. Or at least that's the theory. Rash by Pete Hautman tells the story of Bo Marsten who doesn't exactly fit into this cowardly new world. He causes a skin rash outbreak at his school and finds himself packaging pizza ...more
Jeff
Jul 25, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me this book was a cross between 1984 and The Hunger Games. If you liked either of those books a lot there is a chance you will like this one a little. It is a typical young adult book, it's not 1984 or The Hunger Games but it is entertaining. I enjoyed the way the author explained the way society had become the way it had become and how now it is impossible to contemplate living the way the people in his book lived but changes happen little by little. Not really a thought provoking masterpie ...more
Eric
Apr 27, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW! This is a futuristic book that takes place like in the 2053's.... It's based on the USSA government (USSA = United States of Safer America) going out of control with safety laws. A large percentage of Americans are prison workers that run McDonald's manufacturing and supply company up north where they are told to train by running like there's "A polar bear on your (view spoiler)"

Great read and would recommend as a good "YA" book.
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Quinten
Feb 02, 2016 Quinten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rash is a book that dabbles in sports, angry coaches, and safety. If you love books that are somewhat futuristic and if you love sports then this book is for you. I personally found this book very interesting just because the book takes place fifty or so years into the future where all contact sports are banned and many of the luxuries we have today are non existent. Rash is about a boy named Bo who has found himself in somewhat of a predicament. With rash behavior spreading through Bo, he star ...more
William Cooper
Wow, what can I say. I thought I had read this before, but I guess I didn't finish it, but it was worth a reread nonetheless. Hautman has such a keen ear for dialogue and narrative. The story moves along as a fantastic pace and the characters you encounter are so lifelike. There were times I laughed at loud like during the bear discussion when Bo and Kharlos are at practice with their two competitors. A bit ironic given the fact that the imaginary bear would in fact play a major role in Bo's exp ...more
Carter
Feb 05, 2015 Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine if you were shipped up to a Canadian prison, surrounded by hungry polar bears, and all you were allowed to do was make and eat pizzas. Bo Marsten experienced it all at only sixteen years old due to his violent actions. Bo was forced to overcome multiple obstacles along with this one.

Bo wants to beat up his enemy, Karlohs Mink, for stealing his girlfriend, but after doing so, Bo was sent up to the pizza factory/prison in the Canadian tundra. Every day, making and eating the same thing ove
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Jeanne Boyarsky
This book takes place far enough in the future for things to be quite different, but soon enough that "grandpa" can tell us about the past (our present.)

The book takes place in the USSR. I meant the USSA. The extra "s" is for safety, but the government controlling everything is clearly a dominant theme. Roughly 25% of adults are in the prison system for something trivial. The country uses the prison system for manual labor. Both for themselves and to contract out to companies.

I like that the sto
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Kasey Laurent
May 04, 2009 Kasey Laurent rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nominees
Too random for my taste. If i were doing a book report it would go like this...

Me: Once upon a time there was a boy named bo. He had anger issues so they sent him to a boot camp in Canada that made pizza. there, he learned to play football and made friends with a boy named Rhino. One day he escaped and was attacked by a polar bear but, don't worry, he was saved by an eskimo.

Teachr: Did you make this all up?

Me:no

Teacher thinks:i wonder why i don't believe this

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Pete Hautman is the author of Godless, which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including Blank Confession, All-In, Rash, No Limit, and Invisible. Mr. Was was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at petehautman.com.
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