Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
XVI Paperback – January 6, 2011
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
XVI is one of those books that stick with you. Not just because it is a well-executed and thought-provoking dystopian, but because it has so many components that lend to its greatness. Nina, the MC and a 15 year old girl who is terrified to age that one year and become a `sex-teen,' is strong, but fragile at the same time; she's far too grown up for her years, but still just a child. Her life is dictated by the world around her - which isn't a great one.
Julia Karr has created a Chicago of 2150 that is eerily reminiscent of the world of 1984 (one of my favorite books of all time) and she constantly reminds the reader just how much control the government has over its inhabitants. The technology is believable, at times it's incredible and I wish I could experience it, but other times it just shows how much the government interferes in everyday life.
Nina, her sister Dee, her grandparents, and all of her friends truly have very little control over their own lives. The tier system is very much the same as a caste system and with little hope of moving up in tiers, the girls who turn sixteen sign themselves up to literally become sex slaves, only they believe they're signing up for a better life, just with a few strings attached. Even Nina's best friend, Sandy, is convinced that joining the FeLS (Female Liaison Specialist) is the perfect way to move up in life.
Karr throws Nina into the world of The Resistance and forces her to question all she has ever known, while introducing her to the mysterious Sal too. Nina's only hope at escaping a life of forced sex and possible death, is in the whispered words of a dying woman. Those words drive Nina to become a stronger person, with an unbreakable determination.Read more ›
What no one seems to have mentioned is the awful messages that this book perpetrates. Nina's best friend, Sandy, buys into the idea of being a sex-teen (an overly sexualized, vapid sixteen year old who's only motivations in life revolve around boys). And we're supposed to sympathize with Nina on how much she wants to help Sandy out, but just can't seem to get Sandy onboard with her concerns.
I really wanted to sympathize. I did. Except that was kind of hard when Nina refused to actually TALK to Sandy about her problems. Nina finds out that her friend essentially wants to sell herself into sex slavery. Instead of sitting down with Sandy and having a conversation about it, Nina decides on her own that Sandy is too stupid to actually understand. This occurs two seconds after Nina is outlining how Sandy isn't very smart, but can be perceptive. What?
The idea that all men are basically dogs who can't control themselves was unnerving, but necessary to the premise of the story. I get that. The idea that women have no control over their own destinies? That I wasn't so on board with. The only women who had any backbone at all in this novel were those that were fortunate enough to be educated. It's a nice thought, and yes, education is important. But the idea that those girls who haven't been fortunate enough to receive the kind of learning that Nina, Wei, or Mrs.Read more ›
Nina Oberon is about to turn sixteen. And in her world, this monumental occasion is about more than just a driver's license and more freedom on the dating field. So much more. At the ripe old age of sixteen, or "sexteen" as her world calls it, girls are essentially fair game for any and every boy/man/pervert that comes strolling by. Girls turn sixteen and get the infamous XVI tattoo on their wrist proclaiming their newly available status and Nina, for one, is scared. Most girls, like her hyper best friend Sandy, can't wait to achieve their new status in the world. Drunk on the wealth of male attention that will come their way and the promise of a whole new host of opportunities that will come their way, they anxiously look forward to the day they get their tattoo. Not so for Nina.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wasn't as appalled as the masses about the whole sex-teen, treat women like s*** thing. Don't get me wrong, I was appalled. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elyse
Why I Read This: Author is a debut author and I read this for the 2011 DAC.
Plot: The biggest reason I decided to give this book 2 stars instead of 1 is because of the... Read more
The characters were written in a way that you felt you knew them personally. I couldn't put the book down!Published 14 months ago by Covert71
Really enjoyed this book. Can't wait for the third one to come out!Published 15 months ago by Samantha
This.... was an interesting book. When I was in high school I read it (I think) and I enjoyed it, but it was definitely a different book with lots of twists and strange story... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tifa Sohma
I was very intrigued by the premise of XVI: family secrets and government secrets and a disturbing dystopian setting! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Angie
This book was not what I had expected and I didn't realized I was going to be quite so angry about it. Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Sandy @ Craving YA Reads
I really enjoyed this book. I am hoping that the author will be writing a 3rd book for this series. My friends and I have all enjoyed reading it.Published on December 14, 2012 by Loyal Amazon Shopper
I can see the criticism some of the reviewers have voiced about the book emphasizing sex as a bad thing and "slut-shaming. Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by heyshay07