Review: Truth

Truth by Julia Karr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The sequel to XVI, this book opens with our heroine having her XVI (read sex-teen) tattoo, which is governmentally mandated. It shows that she is able to participate in sexual encounters. The media dominated culture works hard to convince women , who previously ruled the country, that now they should merely be objects of desire, and dress and act accordingly. But Nina’s mother raised her differently, and she resists becoming a sex-teen. Her mother and father had been members of an underground resistance, but without risking the first book, I can’t say too much more. Nina and her sister Dee are staying with friends of her parents – high tier ones. Nina and her family were low tier, and in this Chicago society, status is everything. She was worked hard to get her creative designation, and is a really good artist, and hopes that one day she can use it to get a better job and move up at least a few tiers to more financial stability. But meanwhile, she is at risk of unwanted sexual advances from unscrupulous boys and men who would take advantage of her XVI tattoo, and in this society, no one believes in rape – they figure it must have been consensual, since all girls want it – that’s how well the media saturated landscape has worked. And she wants to work in the resistance, working hard to change things, such as the FeLS program, where certain XVI girls are chosen, supposedly to be goodwill ambassadors to off planets worlds, but really are sex slaves to bigwigs in the government. It’s a truly interesting look at a dystopian society where morals are turned on their head and a young girl must navigate this dangerous landscape, while sticking to her morals and gut feelings about what is right and what is wrong. A good sequel to XVI, and hopefully more to come – it ended as if there were.

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