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...more
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...more
The main characters are Bo, the Marsten family, Rhino,...more
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...more
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...more
Great read and would recommend as a good "YA" book.
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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?
Teacher thinks:i wonder why i don't believe this
If you're just looking to enjoy a good book, the book is more of a 3 stars. ~eddyk, Teen Reviewer
I got halfway, being irritated with the world building and hating the characters. It was like reading an American right winged nuts fear that being nice and safety would take over the world. The grandpa going on about how much better the world was when he was young didn't help.
Especially the "they came for our guns" moment that almost made me stop reading.
But annexing Canada? No, fuck no. I'm not reading a book that just mentions that in a sentence like it'...more
This was admittedly a fun read, even if I just found it an overall 'okay' book in terms of reader enjoyment. But hey, I can't deny that I loved the heavily satirical take on America with its ultra heavy reliance on corporations and their obsession with safety.
I mean, try imagining a future version of America where they weren't allowed to use guns or where football was banned just seemed so ludicrous and impossible; especially when you think ab...more