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Monday, January 24, 2011

Debut Author Challenge # 1: XVI by Julia Karr

Reading Song of the Day: "Uprising" by Muse

A month ago we posted here that we are participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by the magnificent Story Siren. We could hardly wait to get started reading the books on our list!

So, I'm kicking off the DAC with a review of Julia Karr's XVI (released January 6th, 2011).



First, here is part of what Goodreads has to say:

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...

Second, me and Pam realize that book reviews are sometimes a lil' taxing to read. So, we want to make this quick, easy, and hopefully fun for you all.

*Top Four Things You Need to Know About XVI:
1. The protag, Nina, is relatable, strong, and you will feel/root for her.

2. The world building is not the center of the novel. Karr weaves terms, new technology, and setting throughout the story without pulling away from the character development and conflict.

3. The pacing is spot on--you won't be left with with rambling passages of description; the action keeps going and going...

4. Sal, Nina's love interest, is pretty much swoon-worthy. He protects Nina, doesn't compromise what he believes in, and he's dark but not brooding.
* If you like...

Books: If you like The Hunger Games trilogy, Matched by Ally Condie, and 1984 by George Orwell, then you will like XVI.

Movies: If you like Minority Report, Gattaca, and V forVendetta, then you will like XVI.

There you have it. Review # 1- woo hoo! If you read XVI, please share with us what you thought.
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10 comments:

Holly Dodson said...

Ah, yes, this book was amazing.

Heather Hellmann said...

It sounds good! I'll have to read it.

Sophia Richardson said...

I've entered a contest to win this book but if I don't win I think I'm going to have to buy it myself. And that's saying something since I'm a library devotee! Thanks for the review, like I wasn't salivating already.
- Sophia.

Abby Stevens said...

I can't wait to read this!

Jamie - I'm a guy, btw said...

I've heard so many great things about this one. The premise is really cool, and I'm a huge fan of dystopian, so I GOTTA pick this one up...thanks for a great (and non-taxing) review!

Alicia Gregoire said...

That's an awesome review.

Racquel Henry said...

Wow, that actually sounds pretty interesting! It's not on my DAC list, but I might just pick it up anyway! :)

Kate said...

this book sounds so amazing. i need to read it.

KO: The Insect Collector said...

Looks good- I want to read this- I love the top four things you need to know. Perfect!

erica and christy said...

I've heard some amazing things (by some amazing people) about this book. Thanks for your review!
erica