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XVI by Julia Karr
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Feb 23, 2011

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bookshelves: appropriate-for-high-school, dystopia
Read in February, 2011

This book was not as creepy as I expected, given the nature of the dystopian society. (The society is just as creepy in many ways as I expected.) That being said, the fact is that the book contains alot of sexual themes - a given if you read the summary. There is fear of growing up; there is also sexual violence portrayed (but not overly graphicly or on the main character, primarily).

The truth is I was kind of fed up with dystopian sci-fi before "The Hunger Games" series made it a hot genre, and now overwritten - much like "Twilight" did for supernatural romances. There's just SO many other aspects of sci-fi as a genre that I'd like to see written about! That being said, I just don't see this kind of world - even in 150 years or so - as plausable. So it makes it harder to swallow the story if you can't totally buy the premise.

Despite that, the main character is well drawn, with realistic reactions, concerns, and relationships. She's a fully real person, even if some of her friends seem slightly flatter. The book does have plenty of drama and excitement to keep the story moving; however, the ending is abrupt.

I think this book will be enjoyed by fans of dystopian sci-fi and will be appealing to reluctant readers becuase of the focus on teen sexuality. I would not want to recommend this to someone under the age of 16 though.
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Laura what did you think? i didnt really enjoy it as much as i thought I would. I think I hyped it up in my head too much...


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