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Truth (XVI #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  1,534 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
An exciting dystopian thriller, and sequel to XVI

Nina Oberon's life has changed enormously in the last few months. When her mother was killed, Nina discovered the truth about her father, the leader of the Resistance. And now she sports the same Governing Council–ordered tattoo of XVI on her wrist that all sixteen-year-old girls have. The one that announces to the world t
ebook, 272 pages
Published January 19th 2012 by Penguin Group
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For a futuristic dystopian let's-all-work-to-bring-down-the-evil-government I-am-strong-female-hear-me-roar book, why does almost nothing happen? And even when things happen, it feels like nothing is happening.

Probably because the main character is very, very dumb. And because the entire world and environment that this story is based on makes no freaking sense whatsoever.

So let's discuss this in-depth. First, remember all the problems I had with the first book? Notice how those aren't necessaril
OK so I really liked XVI and was really looking forward to Truth and I was not disappointed. I shudder to think there is even a remote possibility that there would be a society where it's government would oppress it's citizens by using sex. To think that just because you're a low tier (using the class system was genius like in the victorian era), you were nothing and useless, but if you had money and bought the clothes that were "ultrachic" you were asking to be raped and nothing could be done a ...more
 Imani ♥ ☮
When I finished this book about twenty minutes ago, the only thing I could think, "and the point of that was...?"

To be frank, the first part of the book was pretty good. And then midway through, everything started to suck. It seemed like such a rush of a book. I disliked Nina even more than I did in the first book. Instead of not caring ENOUGH about protecting herself and her sister (like in the first book), in this sequel, she was too paranoid. If ever there was some secret, the first thing she
Feb 26, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt this book had a lot of potential, but I just really struggled to get through it. The beginning was dragged down by the textbook-like description of the political situation, and the whole book felt like a wordy build up of what happens at the end. I liked the last quarter or so when I started to see some action, but I was so close to not getting that far several times. I think the only thing that kept me going was I was really curious to see why Sal was gone for so much of the book or what ...more
Mike Mullin
Jan 14, 2012 Mike Mullin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than XVI, which I loved.
Mar 03, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 stars.

There are spoilers from the first book XVI.

Truth is the sequel to XVI. In the first book, we got to meet Nina Oberon, her family and friends. She went through a lot, including losing two very important people in her life. But she also discovered something about her father. Nina thought he was dead. But in fact he had been alive and in charge of a resistance movement.

Book 2 picks up where XVI left off. Nina is now 16 and has her sex-teen tattoo. In this world that means that you are f
Nina Oberon is back in this sequel to Karr's XVI. Truth takes place immediately after XVI ends. Nina and her sister are still attending school, and living with their grandparents. When Child Protective Services issue a writ declaring Nina's grandparents unsuitable guardians, and Pops finds himself arrested by B.O.S.S. Nina and her sister find themselves in a whole lot of trouble. What will happen to them, how will they elude the government this time?

Something about Karr's writing style just draw
Oct 24, 2011 Teril rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Truth will set you free...
Nina has had great changes since her appearance in XVI where we unraveled her past and she found her future. In this second installment of this amazing new dystopian series, Julia Karr asks us, how far will we go for the truth? For not only within our owns truths that we hold, but in the truths that others hold for us and the truths that society itself is hiding from.

Nina has so much thrown at her in Truth and she wades through it and triumphs. New beginnings arise
Gecky Boz
Nov 12, 2011 Gecky Boz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Timely Truth

* ARC read via Around The World ARC Tours
* Book will be released January 19, 2012

4 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

This was a great sequel, I liked it even more then the first book. The characters grow a lot and there are more dire choices made.

Nina has some hard decisions to make and more to learn about the world. She knows that the government is corrupt and full of lies but in this book she finds out how far the corruption goes.

Nina is trying to become more proactive and self-reliant, which
Dec 18, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time, years, since I was so enthralled by a book that I couldn't put it down. Yesterday, however, this changed when I opened my ARC of TRUTH, the eagerly awaited sequel to XVI. (I was up until nearly 5:00 am finishing it!)

I remember being haunted by Nina's plight (and Sandy's and many more)in the first novel and intensely curious about what would happen in the next book. TRUTH is even more intense and satisfying. The characters are so well developed, and Nina faces challenges b
Ina Vainohullu f

Da es sich hier um den zweiten Band einer Reihe handelt, verzichte ich auf eine kurze Zusammenfassung, denn bereits der Klappentext gibt ja schon einen kleinen Einblick, was den Leser hier erwartet.

Das Cover finde ich wunderschön. Wie schon beim ersten Band ist auch hier ein Mädchen zu sehen, dessen Gesicht, zumindest ein Stück weit von Federn verdeckt wird. Während für das erste Cover Pink- und Lilatöne gewählt wurden, entschied man sich hier für ein auffälliges saftiges Grün und ein du
Michelle Arrow


Yep, so those are my first thoughts that come to mind after finishing this book. We all've read love triangles, over and over again. Been there, done that, right? I'd never expect this unique book to have this sort of aspect in it. But, it did, and that's my main problem with this sequel. Julia Karr disappointed me with this.

So after finishing the first book, you could say that I was pleased with the outcome. The idea was
Truth (XVI, #2) by Julia Karr Julia Karr should have stopped after the first book XVI. The sequel was long and unnecessary. I would have liked the book to focus more on Nina's situation transforming her into a strong woman who makes an impact on the social issues she faced (like she seemed to want to do) instead of all of her "girl lost in love" woes.
Feb 25, 2012 Ulli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Leider stört mich der gewollt naive Erzählstil immernoch ungemein. Zum Ende hin kommt jedoch sogar mal echte Spannung auf, die dann aber leider als Cliffhanger dienen muss. Und natürlich gibt es auch die unvermeidliche Dreiecksgeschichte o.O
Yolanda Sfetsos
Jan 17, 2014 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed XVI, so when I noticed the sequel was available at the local library I put it on hold.

Nina might know the truth about her father--that he's alive--but life isn't getting any easier. Her grandfather's been arrested, her grandmother has a heart attack, and her boyfriend seems to be missing when she needs him the most. Not to mention that they get evicted.

At least her friend's family has offered Nina and her younger sister a place to stay. Determined to make a difference in a world
This series is just weird.. I have no other word for it.

Sixteen year old girls get a tattoo - XVI - which makes it legal for them to have sex (and it basically makes it OK to rape those girls..) The world building still lacks a proper explanation. How did the world end up like this?

O and why don't we throw in a love triangle?! Like every other YA novel does..

And, just as the first book in this series, I found so many things predictable. Especially who Dee's teacher in real life is!

Truth is a fa
Jul 07, 2011 Riv marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2nd-of-series
*falls over* Awesome cover! And a summary! Woot!
"The TRUTH always comes out..." (A bit cheesy, but who cares?)
Mar 24, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. The ending made me a little annoyed. But, I cant wait for the next one. :)
Feb 08, 2014 Katia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This got pretty confusing and it was not as good as the first book. The ending was bullshit and i was all like " what the fuck!!!" When she kissed Chris. And the fact that it had an epilogue even though the series's was not ending there git me soo mad. We had no idea what there plan was till the end and the author kept everything a secret for added suspense when it really just ruined the story. But i did love how she stands up for her self in this book and takes her own risks. She is no longer a ...more
Midnight Sapp
Yes, a second book!!!
Feb 04, 2015 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich dachte gerade darüber nach, was wohl geschehen würde, wenn herauskam, dass ich Ed umgebracht hatte, als Mr Haldewicks Stimme mich aus meinen Gedanken riss.' (Erster Satz)
Nachdem Nina's Mutter gestorben ist, leben sie und ihre Schwester bei ihren Großeltern. Und als sich gerade wieder der Alltag einstellt, gerät alles aus den Fugen. Nina's Großvater wird verhaftet, ihre Großmutter erleidet einen Herzinfarkt und Nina bleibt nichts anderes übrig, als das Angebot von Wei anzunehmen und bei ihr u
Here I am again, reading a book knowing I'll hate it. Why? I always make myself finish a series once I start it, true, but I could just stop. Probably I just need to love myself more.

There was a lot less Sal in this book, which is great as far as I'm concerned. Of course, if this follows the Twilight narrative, that just means books 3 and 4 will give Sal a nauseating comeback and push the other corner of this love triangle to the side. Yep, love triangle. The other guy is way more likable, thoug
Jun 10, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist, read-2013
Nina is all too familiar with how dangerous the truth can be to anyone & everyone. She has lost almost everyone she holds dear to the truth. After her mother's "accident" left her and her little sister "orphaned" in the eyes of the government, the girls are living with their grandparents; but their worries are far from over. Because of her strong convictions & absolute refusal to bow to how others think she should behave, Nina is her own person and is determined to prove it.

When tragedy
Mar 07, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
In this sequel to “XVI” Nina’s life is undergoing some major changes. Her Grandpa lost track of time and was caught talking on an unauthorized communication device that has him hauled off to jail…which prompts Grandma to have a heart attack…leaving Nina and her sister Dee on the street…but not for long. Thankfully Wei’s family steps in to assume guardianship for the time being. But that’s just the beginning of the story

Truth surprised me…I really didn’t expect to like it more than XVI, but I did
Sep 02, 2016 Meghan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
I gave XVI five stars. I didn't like this one as much, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it.

Things I Liked
- Nina wasn't ready to have sex, so she said NO
- the Sisterhood
- seeing the old characters
- Chris!
- good story line overall

Things I Didn't Like (As Much)
- abrupt ending! (I want to know what happens with the "love triangle" and all the characters)
- what was up with Paulette, anyway?
- and Dee's teacher?

There were just a lot of loose ends. Too many for me. Maybe Julia Karr is going
Aug 08, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truth is the second book in the XVI series about a dystopia set in 2150. In XVI, we learned that when a girl turns sixteen (or “sex-teen” as it is known), she gets "XVI" tattooed on her wrist. This means she is now legal sex bait for anyone who can get to her. Unfortunately, the result of having the tattoo often translates into a legal license to rape girls, and/or impress them into service as prostitutes.

Nina Oberon has just turned sixteen, and now has her tattoo. She comes from a family of “no
Feb 07, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
My take: Well, first and foremost – it took my going back to my review of the first book to refresh myself on what exactly happened. I knew from the time I’d finished the first I wanted to read the second, so when the opportunity came about, I jumped on it!

The continuation of the story was not hard to follow at all, and getting to see Nina grow more throughout this book was fantastic. From turning 16, or SEXteen, to being the rebellious one who didn’t want to follow what the Governing Council be
Dec 19, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC copy.

Nina Oberon's life has changed immensely since her mother died in XVI. She now lives with her grandparents, and is friends with NonCons (and just about everyone who she meets is a NonCon, or at least is sympathetic to them).

She and Sal are still together - on the outside. When she no longer can stay with her grandparents, she moves in with her friend Wei's family and starts spending more time with Wei's brother, Chris. (Those names didn't make any sense to me. Why was Wei the only one
Sherilyn Lipke
Mmkay. Let's start out by saying I don't remember much of the first book. XVI was good and I remember it being good, but I don't remember what actually happens, which worries me. Was it as good as I thought it was?
Ok, there's no real plot to this book. We don't actually have a purpose, we're just going along with what's happening to her. And it's "a companion novel" whatever the hell that's supposed to mean. It's a bloody sequel.
Overall, it was ok. I had the characters I liked and the ones I wis
Sarah (The Book Life)

In this sequel to "XVI" we get set right back into the lives of Nina, her sister Dee and all of her friends. I was a fan of the first book, but I really felt like the story moved along in this one. We get a lot more information about the Resistance and what the different branches of it are really doing. Some pretty terrible things happen with Nina's family in the beginning of the book and I think those served as some great motivators for her to get more in
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