Barcode Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn, Reviewed by Lindsey Gore

From Goodreads.com:

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.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a bar-coded world? Kayla does, but she is opposed to the thought. People’s lives have been ruined from the code, but are they brave enough to fight it? This story kept me fascinated, but what I loved most was the plot, the characters’ names, and the futuristic vocabulary used by the characters.

One of the things I loved the most was the plot. Kayla’s dad went crazy when he got the tattoo, so he slit his wrists. This led her mom to believe that it was the code’s fault, so she tried to burn it off of her arm and ended up dying in the house fire she caused. After all of this, Kayla was a wanted fugitive for not having the code. As the story goes on, Kayla learns about her responsibilities as a bar code resistor, and it led her to do amazing things with her mind and the friends she made along the way.

Another thing I enjoyed was the characters’ names. Some of the characters’ names were Mfumbe, Zekeal, and Nedra. All of them are very uncommon, but it seemed ordinary in Kayla’s mind. This is a very creative way to exaggerate the future and the book kept me enthralled until the very end.

The last thing I wanted to share was the futuristic vocabulary between the characters. Whenever we hear good news, our instant vocal reaction is “Awesome!” or “Amazing!” If this same scenario happened in this book, they would say “Final Level!” This kind of threw me off, because I didn’t expect it. It made me think about the book more and about how things can change in a short period of time. This is a smart and creative way to describe the future.

I loved many things about this book, and now I want to read the whole series. Based on this book, Suzanne Weyn is a very smart author and knows how to catch an audience’s attention. I would recommend this book to teenagers who are into dystopian novels.

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