X is for XVI by Julia Karr, a dystopian teen novel and a bitch of a letter to find. In this world, when girls turn 16 and boys turn 18 they must get tattooed to show that it’s legal for them to have sex. Your social standing and future opportunities is determing by your tier and nonstop advertisements remind you why it’s so coveted. Nina is just a normal girl but shortly before getting her XVI tattoo, her life is turned upside down when it is revealed that everything is not as it seems.
This book has a fantastic premise. I just wish the writer had done more with it. I wanted her to develop the characters a little more, to get a little deeper. Some of the relationships were somewhat abrupt. The end also left a lot of things unresolved. It was also sort of rushed, like Karr needing to make an ending and wanted all things tied up.
XVI is part of a series so I think it was detrimental to the book not to spread it out a little more. The way all the loose ends had to be rapidly tied up made it feel like a second book wasn’t an option. I just felt like the book needed a bit more. I love the premise but I just like the book.