Nina's sixteenth birthday is coming, and it will be anything but sweet. On her birthday she'll get the XVI tattoo on her wrist that proclaims her legal, the tattoo that will mark her as an object, a target for boys and creeps and rapists, a victim. Her friends are excited, practicing their flirting and counting down the days until they become sex-teens. But Nina is terrified.
And then her mother dies. Nina is left with confusing clues that hint that everything she ever thought isn't true, and that she has dangerous connections to the group fighting against the government...
It was a unique premise with intriguing world-building. I'd read stellar reviews of this book, and I don't think it quite lived up to the hype, but it was a fun little novel.
It was interesting, but I think I would have preferred a quicker pace. It just seemed like the majority of the book was the main characters walking around chatting. Which wasn't bad, necessarily - like I said, it was interesting - but it still felt like, excluding the last 20 pages, not much actually happened.
Nina was cool; I thought she came off as a very realistic 15/16 year old girl, including her worries and feelings about sex. Most of the side characters were good too; some of them were only in a few scenes so they only had a couple of lines to make an impression, but they managed to anyway.
I thought it was fairly well-written, and I gave bonus points for the fun slang.
End Result: four stars. A good book, definitely worth your time.