Truth by Julia Karr
Nina Oberon’s life has changed enormously in the last few months. When her mother was killed, Nina discovered the truth about her father, the leader of the Resistance. And now she sports the same Governing Council–ordered tattoo of XVI on her wrist that all sixteen-year-old girls have. The one that announces to the world that she is easy prey to predators. But Nina won’t be anyone’s stereotype. And when she joins an organization of girls working within the Resistance, she knows that they can put an end to one of the most terrifying secret programs the GC has ever conceived. Because the truth always comes out...and the consequences can be deadly.
Truth was an exciting and action-packed sequel to XVI that I had a hard time putting down. XVI was a fantastic read and I'm glad this follow-up didn't fall into the dreaded "sequel-slump". Julia Karr has created a creepy dystopian world in this series and I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read the first, it won't disappoint!
Nina has stepped up her game in this book and is taking a lot of risks. Now that she sports the infamous "sex-teen" tattoo on her wrist, things are even more dangerous for her. Not only does Nina face some dangerous situations, but her family does as well. My heart went out to Nina and her younger sister, Dee, because they were put through hell in Truth. Luckily, Nina had her best friend Wei by her side and the new group of Resistance girls she has begun working with. I liked getting to see the impact, however small, Nina and her friends made and to learn even more about their world.
Readers got to uncover even more about the history of the government that is in control and how they came to gain power. Secondary characters from the first book had an even larger role in Truth and some intriguing new ones were also introduced. Surprisingly, Sal took a back seat in Truth and Nina found herself spending more and more time with Wei's brother, Chris. I actually seem to like Chris a bit better than Sal because he allows Nina her independence and has a ton of faith in her.
The plot was packed full of twists and turns that kept me guessing and the last few chapters had me on the edge of my seat. Julia Karr doesn't shy away from saying what needs to be said and showing just how bad things are for females in this society. I adore strong female characters and Nina definitely fits the bill. I know she is someone I would want on my side in times of trouble!
Overall, Truth was a great read that left me anxious for any sign of book three. The ending was satisfying, but it still left me with a few questions. If you're a fan of dystopian the XVI series is one you have to pick up. It has strong female characters, sweet romance, and tons of action and mystery.
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
January 19, 2012/Speak/299 Pages/Young Adult/Book Two
Source: Author/Publisher (ARC)
Other books in this series: XVI (Book 1)