Author: Julia Karr

Publisher: Puffin/Speak, 2011

Series: XVI #1

Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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… {goodreads.com}


I definitely liked this book. I felt that it is a good example of what a dystopian novel should be: it was outlandish, but still grounded in current reality.

Nina is a strong character that takes too much upon herself. She feels that she is personally responsible for the wellbeing of all of those around her. I felt that she was a great character but she needed a little more youth mixed in with her adult attitude.

The story was very well written. I did not feel like there was a lag or that it was too fast.

My only concern for this series is that Karr has yet to publish the third novel, and according to Goodreads it looks like it might not be published. Unfortunately, this makes me not want to read the next edition to the series. I don’t want to become more invested in the characters and story to only be left in the dust by the lack of published materials.



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