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XVI (Sixteen) by Julia Karr is a rather bleak story set in the future (yep, more dystopian novels coming this year, too). Nina is almost sixteen, a birthday she is not looking forward to. At 16, girls are branded with a XVI tattoo indicating they are of age for sex. Indeed some refer to sixteen as sex-teen. Not only does Nina not want to think about what might happen to her when the tattoo is applied, she has other worries as well. Her mother is stabbed to death and whispers a rather cryptic message to Nina on her deathbed. Nina's stepfather (part of her fear of turning sex-teen) is trying to take control of her half-sister, his daughter. Thankfully, Nina has some friends who will have her back as this mystery unfolds in sinister fashion. <164>

There is much to appeal to teens here in addition to the dystopic vision of the future. The mystery is certainly part of the appeal. How did we get to this scenario of the future? What contemporary issues are reflected in this future? There is much to discuss.
Tags: dystopian literature

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