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The Bar Code Tattoo (Bar Code #1)

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  11,012 ratings  ·  956 reviews
Individuality vs. Conformity

Identity vs. Access

Freedom vs. Control

The bar code tattoo. Everybody's getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity.

But what if you say no? What if you don't want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things h
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Ruben acebes
Apr 28, 2008 Ruben acebes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ruben by: teenagers
this is a book that talks about the future, 2025. the government of the USA makes every person to get a tattoo in their wrist. this is requiredfor every single citizen at age 18 and so.
but this girl found something about the tatoos. their family died for these tattoos.
The bar code tattoo talks about the new kind of identity in the United States, and also in the developed countries. It’s to get a bar code tattoo as if we were things. After some months when a girl called Kayla who refuses to get t

I'm being generous. Overall, this book started out pretty good. Futuristic dystopia, great idea. But... Underdeveloped. It was a good easy read that fit together well, if a bit shakily, up until Kayla escapes from the hospital. From there, it seems like either the author was working hard and fast to meet a deadline or doing everything in her power to make it under a certain number of pages, because every scene is speedy, too quick to really process. It is like you as a reader are being shoved i
Circus Princess
Sep 02, 2012 Circus Princess marked it as might-read-at-some-point
It will make life easier, they said...
It will be fun, they said...

Sorry, I had to.
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Another futuristic-society-where-everyone-conforms kind of book. Okay, not extremely original, not very well-written, dialogue kinda lame, characters not all that interesting, plot twists were lame, didn't make a lot of sense. Sorta reminded me of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series, although not even close to being as good. But it had the same kind of idea: a society where all teenagers have to get a certain operation, and what happens when someone decides to refuse it... Relies completely on plot ...more
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Oct 31, 2007 Jonelle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of utopia/dystopia, pre-Orwell
I'm only about 70 pages in and it seems to be a book for YA/Ad Lit readers/teachers if they are looking for utopia/dystopia readings.
Essentially, the future (about 2020/2025) has each person tatooed with a bar code. Some believe, "if you're not doing anything wrong, why worry about it?" where others realize the danger of information that could be created and passed on within that bar-code. An interesting read in the age of the Patriot Act and for readers who are (or will one day be) familiar wi
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A girl refuses to follow the crowd and ends up joining a rebellion.

Opening Sentence: Outside, rain drummed against the window.

The Review:

Everyone is getting the Bar Code Tattoo. No one over 17 doesn’t have it. Except Kayla. The United States, like many other countries, is controlled by Global1, the company that created the Tattoo. As the tattoo controls more and more of their identity, Kayla joins a small rebel group at her school, dedicate
I had some decent expectations for this book and ended up being disappointed. It was no where near as good as I thought it would be, not to mention I am not particularly fond of the author's writing. It's a YA novel but to be honest I feel like it was written by a teenager. The language wasn't rich nor interesting, it made the story flat. The only perk to the book would be the plot, the idea of a society where every 17 year old needed to get a bar code tattoo containing everything about themselv ...more
this book was on what will happen if everyone in the world was only identified by a code. In the book, getting a bar code was a cool thing and you get it when you turn a certain age. (16? 18?) but the government was corrupt and was killing everyone that was did not have the perfect DNA. and anyone with a history of cancer would be killed and the bar code tracked the movements of everyone. I thought this was wrong and so did the protaganist of the book; she decided to run away from her communtiy. ...more
Tamora Pierce
Nov 16, 2008 Tamora Pierce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in SF about identity procedures & global corporations
Recommended to Tamora by: picked it up at the bookstore
A next-century-future novel, where a bar code tattoo is being pushed for every member of society. Why resist when it makes every financial transaction and instance in which ID is required easier? Except some lives are being ruined once people get their tattoo.
Isha Parker
1) The Barcode Tattoo was one of those books in my library that was constantly irritating me. Every time I walked in and started scouring the shelves, there it was; sometimes there would even be two copies! The cover combined with it's name put me off reading it (yes, i know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover so sue me)and I managed to ignore it for half a year. One day, I reached out to pick another novel off the rack when The Barcode Tattoo jumped out at me. Well, not literally but you g ...more
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah added it
To me, this novel was anything but original. Hey, what would happen if the government forced us to all get tattoos that recorded all the information about us on our own skins? See what I mean? This type of novel has been done tons before. Kayla lives in a world where all seventeen-year-olds have to receive a bar code tattoo on their wrists. Of course, the huge conglomerate that owns everything in America (including the government) has included genetic information on the tattoo. Some people recei ...more
Not good in content, style, or dialogue.
This was a good concept that fell disappointingly flat. It seemed really current in it's idea. With the current scandals of government wiretapping the media and IRS intimidation of political groups, along with the current debate over Common Core and the implementation of Obamacare, I expected this story to feel more realistic and fresh. Unfortunately this book was written 10 years ago, and it shows. It is painfully outdated.

The writing was very choppy. It
Katie Kenig
This book is a great illustration of how quickly things can change when you are writing of the future. While the novel was created in 2004, not long ago by any means, it already reads as out of date, due to the author having dictated changes that began taking place in 2006, and continued with major events in 2010 and 2011. Unfortunately for me, that kind of thing breaks my ability to suspend disbelief while reading.

The plot, though, was compelling enough to keep me going.

I would not be surprised
This was a very interesting story. I imagined it as if it were taking place in a parallel universe, because even though the author mentions that it is taking place in the future,it is the close future with so drastic changes to the society that we know today, that it seems impossible. In general the book ins about a girl living in a world where one organization is ruling the word, forcing people o get bar code tattoos on their 17th birthdays. They say that the tattoos make life easier. All infor ...more
Deja Haynes
Kayla thought that she led a generally normal life. That is until one secret and two life changing events that would change her life forever. Kayla was turned down her biggest dream and she comes home to find a crowd surrounding her house. Only to find out that her father has committed suicide, Kayla is forced to get a job to help support her now alcoholic and drug abuser mother. The only problem is this is the future, and with new times come changes, new laws, and new problems. One thing that c ...more
Paige E. Kempf
This is a book that shows you what happens to a society when a company gains way too much power. All citizens get a barcode tattooed onto their arm, but they don't know that this barcode could ruin their life. I felt that this was strange right off the bat, and I thought that getting the tattoo would be pretty painful for some people. Right when everybody gets use to the bar code, weird things occur. Some families get to be placed in an upper level social status, but then lots of others are for ...more
You know how you read most dystopian novels and you are wondering how in the world that society got set-up to be that way? Well, this book is totally different because we are reading the genesis of a dystopian society. I thought that was kinda cool.

I have had this book forever! The whole series actually, sitting on my shelf, but never got around to them because of the covers. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the fun, easy read about a society that can so quickly be our own i
Audrey Heidel
This book is AMAZING. READ IT NOW!

My sister's 5th grade teacher recomended this book to her and eventually brought it home. When she did, i read the back of the book and stole it to read it for myself. I finished it two days after and maybe got five hours of sleep. It is that good.

This book is go good because it seriously could happen any day. It is not like the other dystopian books were it is so far fetched that there is no possible way that it would ever happen, this book could be what is h
this story takes place in the year 2025 and there is a new tatoo that works just like a credit card there are some people who wont get them because of ehat the think the really contain.suddenly if any one who has something wrong with their family genes like there garbage and left to die.before almost getting her bar code tatoo on her 17th b-day kayla is exited until she sees heer neibor be shot because of what he found out about the bar code so for now she decides not to get when her mom sets th ...more
I was really excited when I started this book. I love the science fiction concept and the YA ties to books like Fahrenheit 451 and many others. I loved the storyline up until halfway through the book when a few problems reared their ugly heads.

The heroine can't decide who she seems to love and it appears that she'll make out with any boy that she is left with for a length of time. I just couldn't understand this girl's motivation since the writing was very much tell with little show about her th
Desiree Roe
‘The Barcode Tattoo’ is a book that shows what happens to society when one company gains too much power. Everyone gets a barcode tattooed on one arm. Little do they know the barcode could ruin their entire life. As soon as the barcode is accepted by the general population weird things start to happen. Some families are hurtled into high ranking positions while others are sucked into poverty.

Kayla is an artist struggling just to get through high school. She is one of the first people to realize t
The Bar Code Tattoo
by: Suzanne Weyn

Summary: Kayla Reid is a sixteen-year-old who is about to turn seventeen which means she will have to get the bar code, a new way that Global-1(the government) can keep track of everyone in the United States. The bar code is simply a tattoo that goes on your wrist to identify you, but what Kayla and many others don't know is that the bar code has every piece of information about you, you just don't have access to it.
After a series of depression, Kayla's father
One of my favorite thriller series, the Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn illustrates the dystopian society that uses bar codes as a human identity. The bar code characterizes, and overtime, replaces human’s values. The thriller has a very interesting type of diction that captures readers’ attentions. The tone is extremely suspense and heroic. The diction is simple yet strong, therefore they are able to take an extremely important role in the novel, which is described here: “They came to a hillsid ...more
Dominique Biondi Morra
The Barcode Tattoo is an excellent book for me. It's about a girl, called Kayla. When she turns 17 she is forced to get the Barcode Tattoo. She's in line with her friend, Amber, when the person stamping barcodes on people's wrists goes crazy. He obviously knows something about the Barcode that know one else knows. She runs away when her father and mother lose their jobs and become depressed, eventually committing suicide. Her friends can't get any jobs. People are changing, they're being fired f ...more
Danielle Smith
I read this book when I was 15 and loved it....while re-reading it as an adult I don't like it as much. The concept is cool but a few things irked me. 1) biblical revelation reference. I have done a lot of independent study and understand that everyone has their own interpretation of revelations...this author just seems a little misinformed about the whole buy/sell/666 mark. 2) the year in which the story takes place (2025) the book was written in 2004 and I think the author should have chosen a ...more
This book had a lot of potential. It sounded so interesting, and could have been a wonderful book.

And then failed me.

This ain't your typical dystopia. It is set right as the world as we know it is going to hell. (I think it is set in 2020? Or maybe 2015?) The U.S. citizens are being forced to get this tattoo. Literally it is against the law not to have this bar code on your wrist.

They make the tattoo sound like a great thing. No need to carry around "e-cards" (credit cards) because that informat
Jenni Merritt
Why I picked up this book:
The cover, the synopsis, and the many reviews saying it was worth reading

My thoughts:
I was intrigued by the synopsis, sold by the cover, and hopeful for the outcome. What happened? Well, to me... the book didn't.

I loved the idea that Weyn created, of the government being taken over by a corporation, which gradually made it a requirement for every citizen to wear a bar code on their arm. It replaces money, cards, ID, everything. Kayla, the main, is thrown for a loop tho
"The Bar Code Tattoo" by Suzanne Weyn is a story set in the future. It tells the timeless tale about a teenager’s rebellion against a status quo. Kayla Reed lived in a society where once you turned 17, your life changed drastically: for the better or for the worse. She had to decide whether to get the bar code tattoo and fit in with the rest of society. Growing up often means making a choice between changing oneself to be part of a group or being yourself and being accepted into a group. This is ...more
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