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Bar Code Rebellion Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; First Edition edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439803853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439803854
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Suzanne Weyn has written many books for young adults including Distant Waves, Reincarnation, Empty, and Invisible World. She lives in New York, and you can find her at www.suzanneweynbooks.com.
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Great read - couldn't wait to read the third book!
LV Mermaid
Although the premise was good, I feel the author did nothing to really develop this book.
momx4
My daughter is an awe because she loves these books.
Danita

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on December 30, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
THE BAR CODE REBELLION, by Suzanne Weyn, is the second book about seventeen-year-old Kayla Marie Reed and the world she lives in. In 2025, when the novel takes place, everyone, at the age of seventeen, is required to be tattooed with a bar code. The bar code is what people use for everything, from paying for bus fare to getting a job. In the first book about this world, The Bar Code Tattoo (Point Thriller), Kayla's neighbor, the now-famous Gene Drake, was killed in a struggle because he had discovered something terrible about the tattoo, and wanted to tell the world.

More terrible, it seems, than what Kayla and other bar code resistors already know: that the tattoo contains each person's genetic code, gained from the blood sample taken when they are tattooed. These codes can ruin a person's life, if they have problems such as bipolar disorder or Parkinson's disease in their family. That's what happened to Kayla's friend Amber and her parents.

Following Gene Drake's example, people everywhere are resisting the tattoo, even though it means forfeiting any chance at a normal life as a part of society. People are burning off the tattoo, or, if they join in time, refusing to get it in the first place.

One day, Kayla sees a girl on TV with her face, telling people how happy she is about the barc ode tattoo. Next thing she knows, this girl is everywhere, pretending to be Kayla, and promoting the bar code tattoo. Is she a digital fake? Or is there more to it than that?

Suzanne Weyn's novel takes place in a scary future society. It's especially scary because it really could come true.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on August 30, 2006
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Kayla is back. A march on Washington turns into a disaster but Kayla manages to escape. On the run and not knowing who she can trust Kayla is beset by visions of other Kaylas. One seems to be a spokesperson on television saying how wonderful the tattoo is. Kayla is sure it is a doctored image of herself. It is getting harder and harder to survive without bar codes but Kayla meets many who are against the bar codes. In this way Kayla gets involved with a growing network of resistance that is actively working to bring down the bar code tattoo.

Kayla still does not know what part she will play in everything but she is sure she will have one. then she starts to meet others who look just like herself. Maybe the image on television is true. But it all doesn't come together until it is discovered just what horror really lurks withing the bar code and the tattoo. The revelation pushes Kayla and the rebellion forward until the conclusion of the book.

This is a little more fanciful than the first book but it does take the story to a definite conclusion. Unfortunately the corporation still operates like there are no people in it. This time it is stated that there is no link between the President and the corporation (he was a major shareholder in the first book). Although not quite as compelling as the first book, it does bring the story to a satisfactory conclusion. Check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Runner Mom on January 21, 2013
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This book was just plain amazing. The author twisted heart-wrenching sadness into a dystopian love story. It was sad at some points, but everything came through. Just don`t be scared when you notice that THIS COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN and we need to make sure it doesn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.A. Burt on April 5, 2014
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The books themselves were alright. They give a decent plot and they kept me interested when I read them some few years ago. However looking back on them now, Weyn seems to focus some negative emotion towards a specific religious group and I've seen it indicated in her other books as well. This to me seems to be a bit of an immature gesture for an author to do in a work of fiction and the way it was presented was out of place and overall, just unnecessary. Authors should leave their personal animosity, religious or political, out of their works. It takes away from the story line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Kleinhans on January 30, 2014
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Though the ending comes way too fast, this is a fitting conclusion to the two book series. If you enjoyed 'The Bar Code Tattoo', you'll enjoy this one as well. There are many of the same characters, much of the same issues, and the same and new science. It does well concluding the story began in the first volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danita on December 26, 2013
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My daughter is an awe because she loves these books. I bought her the set of all 3 of the books and she couldn't be happier. Thank you
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LV Mermaid on August 20, 2013
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Talk about action packed and mind boggling as to the detail of how the bar code progresses and how it is used. Totally big brother is watching and no way to get away from it. Thank goodness there are sane people who realized what was happening while others lived in la-la land until the lives were destroyed. Really scary look at the future and thought provoking in what we would do in this instance. Great read - couldn't wait to read the third book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Hill on June 27, 2013
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My mother used to say to me that "Most often than not, truth that is too terrifying to hear is written down as fiction." This is very true for The Bar Code series. As I was reading this I found myself swapping out Global-1 for Monsanto. I don't want to give the plot away, but this was an awesome, mind blowing read!! I could very easily see this playing out in real life. Happy Reading!!!
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