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: ♥♥♥♥♥
02 January 2013
Hello out there! This is Willow, saying that we are sorry to be gone for so long, but we are back now. Happy new year, by the way! 2013 is looking good, even if just for the fact our impending doom isn’t written in at the end. I give it about a week until there is a new plot to destroy humankind. But anyways, how have you all been? It has been good over here, but a little hectic. School, holidays, and simple family life have been crazy, all with the purpose of keeping us away from you wonderful people. Like I said though, we are back now. My Christmas was a good haul, bringing in more books than I have room for, so there should be some reviews coming your way from my end of the ring. I am not sure I can speak for anyone else, but don’t worry, I think I can convince them that there is simply no way they can put off their lovely readers for any longer. I hope you have a wonderful day, full of good books, wonderful ideas, and lots of green tea (my personal brain juice). Cheers!
~ Willow Naveen♥