I've read this book before; it's been about a year, but it always seems to haunt me just a bit. The first time I read this book, I was...affected by it just a little bit. It made me think.
Title: The Bar Code Tattoo
Author: Suzanne Weyn
Summary: It's 2025, and the thing to do on your 17th birthday is to get a bar code tattoo, which is used for everything from driver's licenses to shopping. Kayla, almost 17, resists because she hates the idea of being labeled. Then the tattoos begin to drive people to commit suicide, Kayla's father among them, and she soon finds out that the markings contain detailed information about their bearers, including their genetic code. When the government, controlled by a corporation called Global-1, makes the tattoo mandatory, Kayla joins a teen resistance movement and falls for a gorgeous guy, unaware that he's a double agent. She discovers she has some psychic ability and has confusing visions of future events. Forced to run away after being implicated in her mother's accidental death, she eventually joins other resisters hiding in the Adirondack Mountains, finds romance with an old friend, and learns to harness her psychic powers to fight Global-1 and fulfill her visions.
Yeah that was copied from Amazon.com but it gives the description well enough, I think. This book is a great read for all ages, because the events in this book effect everybody. Not just teens, but adults as well.
Here's the back-of-the-book description: The bar code tattoo. Everybody's getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity. But what if you say no? What if you don't want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There's no option but to run.....for her life.
The idea of having to get one of these tattoos is beyond scary. If it can make you commit suicide, would you want one? Sure, it holds your drivers license information, your bank account information, etc. But it would make me go crazy, having that...thing on my arm forever. I know it's useful and it's, after all, mandatory, but I wouldn't want something that basically controls everything I do. It's just too much.
I do have a few favorite parts, actually. One of them is when she finds out her so-called boyfriend, Zekeal, is a traitor and is planning to turn her in. Here's a bit of how she finds out: This is an e-mail she reads off of his computer:
To: Agent ZM
From: Agent CHTG --Tattoo Generation
Congratulations on your excellent work. Your request to remain uncoded for an additional two months has been granted. Your connection to Decode has yielded valuable information. We appreciate you sending candidate Harris as a trainee. She is a very promising young agent. We look forward to meeting the next candidate that you spoke about at our last session. We are confident that Ms. Reed will also be an asset to our group. Thank you for your most recent dispatch. Please make contact again at the same time tomorrow as per our usual schedule.
Thanks again to all your fine service to Tattoo Generation,
How would you feel, if the one you loved, the one you trusted, was going to betray you? I, for one, would feel abosluotley sick and angry.
It seems, in Kayla's world, you don't know who to trust anymore.
P.S: If you have any book suggestion, any genre will do, please tell me. :)