Warning: contains spoilers for XVI by Julia Karr
Already read Truth? Check out the discussion post here!
Nina is now sixteen though she refuses to be a sexteen. She thought life would be different now that she’s part of the rebellion, but she finds herself facing the same old troubles within the group that is supposed to be fighting for a better tomorrow for all. With her family in more danger than ever and a boyfriend who is never around, will the truth ever be revealed and will it even make a difference?
For the first time ever I tried to make notes on a book while I read it. Two weeks later I have a tiny sticky note that reads:
- awesome themes (women, tiers)
- ❤ Chris (as I’m supposed to)
- omg make out scene, kinda awkward & emotionless though
- “companion” novel
- little forced on some of the themes
- Dee’s character growth
- fast yet slow pacing
Awesome. Thanks past self for being so clear in your discussion points.
But really, like in XVI I did enjoy the themes. The whole thing on prosperity vs poverty and women’s place in society was really interesting. However, I felt like sometimes it was a bit much or else it was poorly incorporated into the story. For example, we get a bit of a back-story on how the society became the way it is which involves a backlash to Fems (a feminist political party of all women) taking control. The idea was cool, but it was all TOLD to the reader. It wasn’t even in a dialogue or a class or anything: just pure narration. WHY?
Another issue I had with this book was the pacing. A lot of times it felt like nothing was happening and then everything was happening all at once, including some pretty awesome things that were just skipped over and later told to the protagonist. I realize it’s from Nina’s perspective so that kind of limits what the reader gets to see and when, but I still felt like the writing could have been tighter. I don’t want to hear about awesome things: I want to see them.
Here’s hoping the next “companion book” (because apparently the word sequel is a no-no now?) will have a little more action and a little less explanation of what Nina is thinking…
Novels with similar aspects
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
recommended for those who like to look beyond the text and/or enjoy a good smut scene
not recommended for those who can’t handle descriptions of almost rape, actual murder, and/or useless love triangles