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Publisher's Note:

The first book in the exciting Bar Code series. Individuality vs. conformity. Identity vs. access. Freedom vs. control. The bar code tattoo. 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. S…

The Bar Code Tattoo

by Suzanne Weyn

Overall Book Review:

The Bar Code Tattoo is book one of the Bar Code Trilogy and author Suzanne Weyn does an excellent job of sparking the reader’s interest as the story begins. Because the setting of the story is in the not-so-distant future, it felt relatable and the concept of the bar code tattoo didn’t seem to far-fetched. The social and political issues that came up felt spot-on if the bar code were to become a reality in our future. There was a perfect dose of conflict, surprise, and suspense. The characters were very diverse which caused many different situations to come up due to the variety of personalities and age range of the characters. I did feel that the end maybe lacked a bit of detail, but that could have been as to not give away too much for the following two books in the series. Fans of Ally Condie’s Matched and other dystopian novels will enjoy this fun book.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 12 religious exclamations; 9 mild obscenities.

Violence/Gore:  Many (24) brief incidents including character imagining getting smashed in a video game; fighter jet explosion in character’s dream; character sort of contemplating suicide; secondhand report of suicide; reference to people dying of lung cancer; scar from attempted suicide; secondhand report of character getting killed; reference to concentration camps; secondhand report of kids getting beat up; secondhand report of character burning selves with fire and acid to remove bar code tattoo; reference to babies getting killed; secondhand report of character’s grandparent dying; secondhand report of character having a heart attack; reference to elderly characters getting killed in sleep; characters fighting; characters getting shot at and one gets hit; animal nearly died; character smashes computer; character burned to death and another injured from fire; character has heart attack causing accident and death; object falls and kills character.

Sex/Nudity: Several (16) brief incidents including female character presses herself against male character; characters slow dancing; holding hands; kissing; hugging; cuddling; character lying on another while kissing; sexual reference to girls being available; scientific explanation of sex.

Mature Subject Matter:

Depression, suicide, job loss, divorce, starvation, cloning, reference to concentration camps, cancer, schizophrenia.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Reference to people dying of lung cancer from smoking; character smokes; drug misuse; character’s mother often drunk or on drugs; reference to drugs being available; reference to drug and alcohol abuse.

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About the Reviewer

I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.