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By Julia Karr

     Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But 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 breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past - one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.

     I absolutely loved this book.  It is a good portrayal of how the future could turn out, but it also gives an exciting story.  It is a bit of an unnerving blast of  foreshadowing, forcing you to really think on how our world is going.  I couldn't stand to put this book down, wondering what was going to happen next, and how the story would turn out.  It is scary how real this could turn out, so I think this book is a great story, but a warning too.  It is exciting and full of suspense and drama.  I would recommend this book to a more mature audience, if only because of the theme.  XVI is well worth the read, and the money to buy it if the local library doesn't have a copy!  Keep reading and stay safe and MODEST.  Watch out for my review of the sequel Truth 

~ Willow Naveen♥

Overall Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥


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