My thoughts...I have not read many dystopian novels, but this one stands out among them. It had all of the elements I expected: fear, fantasy, and a fresh voice. That fresh voice comes from Julia Karr. Her YA debut will have you questioning the society these characters live in.
There are several plots in this story. The one that attracts the most attention is the sex. Women (girls) are not treated very justly and are branded when they turn 16. At this point, they are available for sex. The idea of this uncomfortable for me. However, I expect this out of dystopian; it is unimaginable compared to the world we live in. Another plot was the resistance to government. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story. The secret organizations, the sneaking around, the spies, and that question of who can be trusted really kept me turning the pages.
The characters were likable and interesting. The heroine, Nina, seems to have good morals and she sticks to them. There is a love interest for her, but this boy seems to have a few secrets of his own. My favorite character in the book was Wei. She stands tall, has a strong voice, and kick some serious butt!
Overall, I really enjoyed XVI and I will definitely be watching for more by Julia Karr!
For more information, visit Julia Karr at her website.
*Review part of Presenting Lenore's Dystopian February