Friday, May 18, 2012

Truth by Julia Karr

Truth is the companion novel to XVI and for the best enjoyment of the series it is highly recommended that you read XVI before reading this book or this review as it contains ***SPOILERS***

Nina is adjusting to live as a XVI, sporting the tattoo that announces to the world that she is 16 and therefore legally an adult and ready for sex.  The tattoo is false advertising - Nina may be legally an adult now, but she is not a sex mad teenager like they show in the Media, and she looks forward to the time when she can afford to add a surround around her XVI tattoo to make it less obvious.  Her life is more complicated now not only because she is XVI, but also because she is carrying the deep dark secret that Ed is dead and that she killed him - it may have been self defence and protecting her friend, but it doesn't change the fact that he is dead and her little sister Dee has to be kept in the dark.

Things are also complicated by the fact that Pops has fallen foul of the law and has been dragged away by BOSS - leaving Nina and Dee to fend for themselves when Gran ends up in hospital.  Wei's family takes them in, but that places Wei and her family at risk because there are people watching Nina and their intentions are not necessarily friendly.  As the noose closes in on Nina she has to make some difficult choices that affect her, her family, and her friends.  Nina is not afraid for herself, but her concerns for her family and friends may force her to make the wrong choices.

Truth is a fantastic additional to the world of XVI, providing a deeper story and (hopefully) leading towards another book in the series that details what happens at the end of this novel.  Nina has continued to grow as a character, and while some of the details of the previous novel were a little hazy, I soon got back into the swing of the story which dredged up the memories of what happened in XVI.  An engaging and engrossing read - and hopefully there will be at least one more book in the series to tie off some of the loose ends.

If you like this book then try:
  • XVI by Julia Karr
  • The pledge by Kimberly Derting
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • The declaration by Gemma Malley

Reviewed by Brilla

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