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XVI by Julia Karr
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Dec 26, 2011

it was amazing
Read in December, 2011

XVI is a page-turner! This dystopian story is set in Chicago in the 2100's, where the Governing Committee controls everything -- or so it seems. Nina and her best friend Sandy are about to turn 16, which means adulthood and sex, if all the "adverts" that constantly bombard them are to be believed. Sandy can't wait, eagerly dressing and acting like a "sex-teener," but Nina's not so sure.

In the background, there is a secret group trying to undermine the Governing Council's control. Everybody knows about them, but nobody knows who they are. Nina wonders sometimes about things her mother has said, or about the father she never knew, but like everyone else, she is careful what she says aloud. Then Nina runs into Sal, who seems to know more about her and her family than she does. While Nina tries to sort out her feelings for Sal, her world falls apart. In the aftermath, she's given a family secret to keep safe from a Governing Council official who knows she has it and will do anything to get it from her.

As Nina's grandfather says, "Things aren't always what they seem."


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