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XVI by Julia Karr
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Feb 28, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2011, teenaged-angst, young-adult, books-i-own
Read on February 28, 2011

The idea behind this book has potential but I found that the world building and the dystopian elements to be lacking. The only saving grace to this piece is the character development. Karr took the time to build three dimensional characters with depth. It is a shame that such care wasn't really taken with the society and laws that make up her vision of a dystopian world.

I think this book would have been better without the dystopian element. The events the characters went through are events that many teens will experience as part of growing up - creating very poignant realistic fiction. Forcing the 'fad of dystopia' onto this poignant core made the book rather obnoxious to read.

Aside from the lovely core at the center of this piece, Karr's writing style needs growth - a lot of run-on sentences, incomplete thought, wooden dialogue and some lackluster grammar. Given her ability to create characters, I'm hopeful that Karr will improve over time and put forth other works worth reading.
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