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Truth (XVI #2)

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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
 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
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
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
Jun 12, 2011 Mike Mullin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than XVI, which I loved.
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
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
Jul 18, 2011 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
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
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
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.
Oct 24, 2011 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
Feb 19, 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. :)
Apr 11, 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?)
Midnight Sapp
Yes, a second book!!!
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
{This review was originally published on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}

On the day before I started reading Truth, the sequel to the excellent 2011 release XVI, I tweeted the following:

I kind of feel like I just need to quit dystopians cold turkey. At this point, they're just aggravating me. Hopefully ninjas or something will be the next big thing, because I need something new.

Actually, yes, ninjas would be excellent.

Then I picked up the sequel to my favorite 2011 dystopian release and remembered tha
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Reviewed by Meg

WARNING: This review is considered spoilery for the first book in the series.

Truth by Julia Karr is the sequel to XVI, a fast paced dystopian novel about a world where media rules all and women have no power. Men definitely hold the power, as girls are raised to look forward to the day they turn 16 and are given a tattoo of the Roman numerals XVI to symbolize to them, and the public, that they are legally of the age of sexual consent. Media plays up the clothing industry, and girl
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
Aug 19, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first issue with this novel is that it is labelled the "companion" novel to Kerr's novel XVI. This is absolutely a sequel, not a companion, having picked up right where XVI left off. Had I not read XVI, I would have been absolutely, hopelessly lost. As it was there were details I had forgotten which made some parts early in the novel confusing for me. Do not wait long between reading the two novels. Since neither is particularly memorable, reading this one will be difficult following a long b ...more
Vilma Garcia
Mar 13, 2013 Vilma Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia Karr's book, Truth, was an amazing book. Her purpose for writing this book was to entertain readers and open their eyes to current issues. This book talks about things that teenagers think of now and how media plays a big part in teenager’s lives. This book takes place in the future and the author's way of writing it kept me intrigued throughout the whole book. This book contains truth to what is going on nowadays, like teens thinking about sex and boys, in a future sense.
This book expos
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
Dec 12, 2014 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
Jul 01, 2011 Kyleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truth pretty much picks up where XVI left off. If Nina had a tough time before, Truth turned out to be just a total shit storm. Sooo much happens and it is sooo hard to not give away spoilers. Forgive me if this review turns out to be super vague.

After certain spoilery stuff happens *cough*Nina and Dee go to live with Wei and her family. Meanwhile Nina's starting to have doubts about her relationship with Sal. She loves him, but he keeps doing and saying things that Nina has a hard time forgivin
Nov 15, 2011 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed. I thought the first one was pretty good. Kinda cool propaganda lit. It was kinda a guilty pleasure and kinda spooky because I could certainly see a lot of the attitudes in the book in evidence today.
This one...bleh.
Whiney and as it is a sequal it has the required random love triangle.
Picking up where the first one left off Nina is trying to stay true to herself in sex crazy world. She is now has her tatoo identifying her officially as a sexteen. That's all great and all...but real
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
Mar 25, 2011 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
Susanne Winnacker
Mar 23, 2011 Susanne Winnacker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Writing a sequel is hard work, much harder than writing the first book. I hear that often and have experienced it myself while I’ve been working on the sequel to my own book. That’s why I have even more respect for what Julia did. She created a worthy sequel which I enjoyed even more than XVI, though I didn’t think that was possible. But TRUTH did it!

In TRUTH, Nina has to deal with the aftermath of what happened in XVI and she’s growing with the challenge. It was wonderful to watch her characte
Mar 21, 2011 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2012
Truth was an exciting and action-packed sequel to XVI that I had a hard time putting down. XVI was a fantastic read and I'm glad this follow-up didn't fall into the dreaded "sequel-slump". Julia Karr has created a creepy dystopian world in this series and I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read the first, it won't disappoint!

Nina has stepped up her game in this book and is taking a lot of risks. Now that she sports the infamous "sex-teen" tattoo on her wrist, things are even mor
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
Nina's life will never go back to normal. Now that her mother is dead and she killed her stepfather, she and her sister are living with their grandparents. Nina also has to deal with the fact that she has a nice fresh XVI tattooed on her wrist which offers her up as fair game to any sexual predators. When things start getting out of hand, it's up to Nina to figure out what to do to bring everyone back together and keep them safe. All eyes are watching now though, just waiting for a slipup, any e ...more
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