XVI by Julia Karr

XVI (XVI #1)

  • By Julia Karr
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: January 6th 2011 by Speak
  • Genre: YA Dystopia
  • Source: own copy
  • 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 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.

    ~ Goodreads

  • Bomy’s Flutter: fun but not as exciting as I thought it’ll be

  • Worldbuilding: Post-apocalyptic dystopia elements, with governmental uber-control & abuse. I liked the dystopian elements and the whole XVI was an interesting concept.
    Characters: Nina, the MC, was fun. I didn’t get emotionally invested in her story though, sadly not a new thing in YA for me. I wanted things to go well for her and Dee and Sal and everything, but I can’t say I was invested in their stories. I kind of liked her, but she came through as somehow distant. Maybe it’s not the right word for it, but I can’t find another.
    Other characters were fun too, but again, I can’t say I ‘felt’ them either. Not sure why, but the chemistry wasn’t there much.
    Fav Character: None 🙁
    Plot: The story is interesting, especially the XVI spin and the whole what it means to be an adult thing. The Resistance and everything about it was interesting as a concept, but as events unfolded I didn’t too excited for some reason.
    Writing: First person narrative, Nina’s POV. Lovely storytelling, but for me it lacked that element of excitement, of tension. It has a somewhat steady flow, and I didn’t respond to it much sadly.
    Curb Appeal: Very interesting cover and good blurb. When it the mood for YA Dystopia, this would be a good candidate.

    I might try the second book, but I’m not pumped to read it. Maybe it’s this damned heat wave draining me of excitement, I don’t know.
    All in all, this was a good read but I didn’t get that element of tension and excitement that makes Dystopia work for me. If you’re very into YA though and you like Dystopia, give this baby a try.


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