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3.45  ·  Rating details ·  7,647 ratings  ·  991 reviews
Every girl gets one.
An XVI tattoo on the wrist--sixteen.

Some girls can't wait to be sixteen, to be legal. Nina is not one of them. Even though she has no choice in the matter, she knows that so long as her life continues as normal, everything will be okay.

Then, with one brutal strike, Nina's normal is shattered; and she discovers that nothing that she believed about her li
Paperback, 325 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Puffin/Speak
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Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
I hate giving a book with such a great idea only one star, but honestly, aside from the idea, there wasn’t a single aspect of the book I liked – it was executed very badly, and the plot was overdramatic and clichéd.

For one thing, there just weren’t enough explanations for the reader to really understand the world Nina lived in – we never find out how it was possible for society to change so drastically. The reader got plenty of information and explanations about minor things like how they don’t
I was hoping for an explicitly feminist young adult dystopia here, maybe an updated The Handmaid's Tale for the younger crowd. Something empowering, that assured teen girls that yes, sexuality is sometimes complicated, and exploring it is okay if you want to, and waiting is just fine too. Instead, what I got was some wishy-washy future-lite with a trite love story thrown in. Ugh.

Can I just say? I am so fucking sick of love triangles. Or complex polygons, as might be more appropriate here. Maybe
Mar 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Weak. This could be something I can write up and man, I cannot write.
The obsession with dystopian novels at the moment is causing "authors" to come up with works that they will regret.

Some of my favourite dystopias are The GONE series by Michael Grant and The Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness.
usagi ☆ミ
I was born in the 80s, I grew up in the 90s, when the media market image of girls became the most sexualized it’s ever been. Flashbacks of CNN debates about the oversexing of the “desired” female image in the west came to mind when I started reading this book – not that that’s a a bad thing. This book paints a picture of what our future may be if we keep going the way we’re going.

I have to say – for a debut, I was floored by the sheer balls that Karr has for even bringing up this issue, much les
Ruth Day
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
The premise was interesting and characters and plot had potential, but the potential was never reached because the writing was just BAD. About fifty pages in, something awful happened in Nina's life and I should have felt her pain, but I didn't. A lot of it had to do with the way the author worded things. Sometimes I would think, "If only she had worded this sentence this way, then it would have been so much more impactful." Also, she did something that I've been tirelessly teaching myself not t ...more
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, dystopian
It's a little bit strange, but I feel as though I've grown particularly choosy when it comes to the dystopian novels I pick up lately. I'm not sure if this is a result of the seemingly increased number of YA ones, in particular, being released. Or if it's merely that my taste is evolving somewhat over time. I did read several for the SciFi/Fantasy panel I served on for the Cybils this year. Some were good, some not so good, as is to be expected. But so often the substance fails to live up to the ...more
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Mar 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
XVI has been billed as a feminist book, a deconstruction of rape culture. Sadly, Karr doesn't deconstruct, critique, or even give a hard look at rape culture. She simply observes it.

Let's back up to the basic premise here. On their sixteenth birthdays, all girls (and only girls) are given a XVI tattoo on their wrist, to advertise their sexual availability. Paired with the sexualization of media aimed at teens, this has (somehow) lead to a world where female consent is a given. Girls and women wh
Bettina Restrepo
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
The book is described as "Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world - even the most predatory of men that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breath ...more
Margo Berendsen
This book gave me goosebumps at times, because it is just so frighteningly plausible. It's our same culture, just more extreme, with the media more powerful, a 1984-esque world masquerading as fake fun, fashion, flirtation.

There were some cool science fiction features, such as the Infinity Machine. And some very powerful writing:

I sat at the window and drew the shapes of the buildings outside. Rectangles and squares stacked side by side and up to the sky. Neat, orderly, controllable. The compl
Just Josie
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, dystopian, ya
Turning 16 is not something Nina is looking forward to.
At 16 they turn “legal” and receives a tattoo that shows this new status for everyone to see.
After 16 you are no longer innocent.

I was expected something completely different.
Not really too keen on the plot or the characters.
It was a bit too “meh” for my taste😊

Read: 12/12/2011
1st rating: 2 stars
Cover: 2 stars
POV’s: Single - 1st person (Nina)
Will I recommend: Nope
Dec 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
To put this plain and simple, Julia Karr's XVI did not meet up to my expectations.

There were many issues in this book, from the boring thoughts coming from Nina Oberon's head to the hidden lecture we get from Julia Karr herself. I'm not an avid reader, but it doesn't take one to recognize that there was something wrong with this novel.

First off, the story starts for about half the book, just listening to Nina's messed up life from her own perspective. Her father, her mother, Ginny, a mysterious
Mar 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Rain Misoa
Dec 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one but if you're curious then go ahead.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
I am going to start off by saying I couldn't even finish this book. I just couldn't. I normally try to finish every book I start, but I've gotten to the point where if I am not enjoying a book, I shouldn't force myself through it. I am just making myself miserable and ruining my reading experience. This book was the last straw. It pushed me over the edge and I just had to stop.

There is not a single thing I liked about this book. The writing is mediocre. I never once felt like I was being pulled
Princess Bookie
Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: I have been reading more and more dystopian books lately huh? We are introduced to Nina who is 15 years old and fast approaching her 16 or sex-teen birthday. What does this mean? It means that basically any guy who wants to, can take advantage of her without any real rules or punishment and she can do what she basically wants sexwise. There is no law that says she can't. Most girls are looking forward to turning 16, including her best friend, because it signifies being grown up. The ...more
Kayt O'Bibliophile
I get that this is 140 years in the future, but why did this feel so dumb? For one thing, we never found out what happened to create this very superficial, tiered society. And I still find it hard to accept. It was basically government/media fear-mongering.

Where did the 16/sex-teen thing come from? Do you honestly expect us to believe that you were able to unite most of the world into large, controlled chunks? If space travel is a common thing now, how does shooting coffins into the sky *not* co
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
XVI is a gritty look at a not-so-distant future where girls are registered (aka tattooed), supposedly for their protection, at the age of 16. Julia deftly handles how the sexualization of girls might play out in this dystopia. I quite liked the main character, Nina, who reminded me of at that age. She's a jeans and t-shirt girl whose best friend sees "sex-teen" as her way out. I won't spoil it, but there are some heartbreaking moments. A great read. I highly recommend XVI! ...more
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone loving the dystopian trend
Shelves: dystopian
This book made me forget to eat, therefore it is evil! I can probably write that first sentence in Latin but that’s not the point! I went an entire day eating nothing and reading this and I didn’t know until late at night when I was so tired that I accidentally deep-fried some eggs. This book must have some magic in its spine, embedded under its inked words. Maybe the cover can perform hypnosis! Okay now that would be cool but onto me review! If I sound crazy, it’s because I am and me like it.

Reading Teen
Apr 10, 2011 rated it liked it
So, these are the tough reviews for me. When I love a book, I can't help but go on and on about it. When I hate a book....well, pretty much the same. But when a book is just ok, that's where I have trouble. I really liked the idea of this book. I've actually been waiting for it to come out for a long time. I bought it pretty quickly after it came out, read about 1/3 of it, then got side-tracked by other books, and never felt too compelled to go back. However, we were requested to read it by a pa ...more
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, won
In Nina's world, which is frighteningly similar in some ways to our own, kids--not just girls, this is a two-way street, folks--are raised viewing sex as, well, the closest word to it that I think of, and I know it falls short of what Karr was trying to say, is a goal or rite of passage or recreation. This was best displayed in the attitude of Nina's best friend, Sandy, who blindly followed all of the Media's hype about turning sixteen by her dress, which was skimpy at best, her behavior, which ...more
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nina is different than most girls her age. Instead of looking forward to being 16 and being branded as ready for sex to all the men, she is terrified. She never bought the media's habit of shoving sexual readiness down young girl's throats. Her mother has always been right by her side doing everything she can, and sacrificing all to ensure that Nina doesn't end up like many sixteen years, dead in a gutter with no one caring one bit. However, that all changes when her mother is attacked and just ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, i-own, read-in-2011
Review posted at Confessions of a Bookaholic

XVI is an amazing story that takes place in a dystopian world in 2150. In this society, filled with strict government control and electronic devices keeping up with each individual, Nina is just one of many teens dealing with day to day life. She's almost to the critical age of 16, or "sex-teen", where teen girls are tattooed with an XVI as a way to show their supposed readiness for sex. Girls have very little say in
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Oh dear...
I don't seem to be making very good choices in choosing my books lately...

Yup, it's this again I'm afraid! This book was literally a hairs inch from being totally pointless. I felt like this story just went on and on and fucking on! The plot felt flat and hardly anything happened and Nina (view spoiler).

The characters just didn't feel real and all that really happened was (view spoiler)
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

Basic Info

Pages/Length: 325pgs
Genre: Young Adult; Dystopia

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: No.
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3 stars.

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 8
Characters: 8
World Building: 7
Flow: 7
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 4

Total: 6

In Dept

Best Part:
The MC wasn't totally clueless.
Worst Part: Love story took over.
Thoughts Had: oh really.; hmmm; yuck.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: yes

Short Review: I didn't kno
Emily Blake
Wow. This book is really, really complex. The plot is so good. Zarr did such a good job writing this book to make it look like Nina had no way to make all the problems right, but I was really impressed with how she did it.

When I started reading it I thought, Wow, I'm not going to like this book very much, because Zarr came up with all these new abbreviations for everything, like PAVs and feLS, I had no idea what they were. But as the story progressed and grew I finally figured them out and start
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Every girl gets one. An XVI tattoo on the wrist---sixteen. Media says they are for protection; but girls are treated like they are sex-teen, legally sexualized, in the future. Most girls can't wait, but Nina isn't one of those kinds of girls. Her normal world is shattered when her mom is murdered and everything she had once understood about her world is mistaken, including a father that she has always been told was dead. It turns out that he is not dead, but a Non-conformist and has had to hide ...more
Theresa Milstein
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I waffled between a 2 and 3 on this. It was an interesting premise, a world where teenage girls are super-sexualized and women have less power than they do overall in 2011. I would've liked the role of women explored more. And there really was much more thought than action. When something did happen, it was over in a flash. Then back to Nina worrying. Or people talking about what there was to worry about.

Nina is on the verge of turning 16, when girls are free to have sex. Or be asked to have sex
Heather Love
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
An interesting concept that gets bogged down by too many plot threads and not enough details. The author has created a future world filled with concepts that would be thought provoking (tattoos at 16, sex-teens, media controls and obsecure government agencies), but lack too much detail to be thought provoking- nothing is fully fleshed out, everything is hinted at in an oh-so-mysterious way. In addition, there were too many plots circling this book (an evil stepfather, a mysterious dead mother an ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This wasn't my biggest problem with the novel, but it made me "WTF" enough that I'll bring it up first: referring to transit/transportation vehicles as "trannies." Seriously? Did no one who read or edited this book before publication think, "Hey, this might be a bad idea"? Or was it just an attempt to be "edgy"? Protip: using present-day pejoratives as futuristic slang is not edgy.

My biggest problem with this book was the shoddy worldbuilding. I had a hard time becoming emotionally invested in N
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