Title - XVI
Author - Julia Karr
Pub Date - Jan 16th 2011
Publisher - Speak. Imprint of Penguin USA
Format - paperback
Length - 325
Every Girl gets one.
An XVI tattoo on the wrist - sixteen.
They say they're there for protection.
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 life is true. But there's one boy who can help - and he just may hold the key to her past.
But with the line between attraction and danger as thin as a whisper, one thing is for sure...
for Nina, turning sixteen promises to be anything but sweet.
I really loved this book. Recently I have picked up and tried several books but never got more than a third in before giving up. This book completely changed that. XVI is almost everything I love in a book.
1. It's a dystopian.
2. It's YA
3. It's a dystopian
4. It's got a strong female lead character
5. There is a love interest
6. It involves a mystery
7....Did I mention dystopian.
Nina is our main character. She is fifteen nearing sixteen, soon to be having her XVI tattoo.
Nina is not interested in sex and having the tattoo is basically an invitation to horny guys that she is ready whether she agreed to it or not.
She does however breakdown and cry in parts however the tears aren't normally for herself. Nina worries about all those around her- her friends and family.
Though (without spoiling anything) something tragic happens in Nina's life that turning sixteen is not her only worry. Nina is strong and I know in her situation I would have given up long before.
The world Julia Karr has created is complex and dark. The government is stronger than ever and rule over everything. Everyone has a GPS tracker inserted behind there ear and conversations are monitored for any rebellious information .
This is a great read for anyone that loves books like Delirium and Memento. A great thought provoking dystopian story with lots of heart and feeling behind it.