[January 6, 2011]
Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world—even the most predatory of men—that she is ready for sex.
Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past—one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.
XVI was a slower paced but still exciting read that I loved.
I adored Nina, totally and completely. She was just a fantastic character, in my opinion. Her grandparents were also really awesome characters. I loved how they weren't normal grandparents at all. They were a ton of fun. ...I was about to go into how I loved her friends but I think the I should really just say I loved all the characters. They made this book.
I loved the mystery in the book. It wasn't complex, but the very real danger that came with it. It wasn't just "Yeah, someone killed my mom and they could be after me too", there were a lot of times where I really was scared for the characters.
I do wish there was more back story though. How did the world get this? And can we know more about Nina's parents? I think the parts where Nina was learning about her parents were one of my favorites.
But really, I just loved this book. I still have a lot of questions but I'm hoping for a second book to answer them!