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October 09, 2012

Bar Code Series by Suzanne Weyn

Book 1: Bar Code Tattoo
Individuality vs. Conformity

Identity vs. Access

Freedom vs. Control

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.


I certainly hope that this novel is not a prediction of how our world will operate in 20 years with everyone being tracked and traced by these bar codes, everything electronic and free-will completely removed from all processes. 

The plot and concepts were well thought out but I don't feel that the relationship were very well developed. In one chapter she loves Zekeal, and in another she's in love with someone else, and I don't really buy either one. Perhaps, this being a YA novel, they can't go in depth into relationships, but the friendship and comradeship could be more developed.

It's an enjoyable read, and does leave you wanting to see what happens next, so I look forward to book 2.

Book 2: Bar Code Rebellion
They want your identity. They want your freedom. They can't have them.

The bar code rebellion.

Kayla has resisted getting the bar code tattoo, even though it's meant forfeiting a "normal" life. Without the tattoo, she's an exile. But she can't stay an exile for long....
For reasons she doesn't completely understand--but will soon discover--Kayla is at the center of a lethal conspiracy that will soon threaten the very notion of freedom. Kayla can either give in to the bar code, or she can join the resistance and fight it. The choice, to her, is clear: It's time to fight.
They want your identity.
They want your freedom.
They can't have them.
The bar code rebellion


Another thought provoking novel by Suzanne Weyn. When reading the first novel I had an inkling that Kayla may have a twin, but I did not see it's twist coming, which I won't reveal here. 

I do enjoy all the genetic concepts in this novel, but it's a bit far fetched. If this does become reality, it's not a reality I want to live to see.

Book 3: Bar Code Prophecy

Just as in the original Bar Code Tattoo, the year is 2025 and the mysterious, ubiquitous, and seemingly omnipotent multi-national corporation, Global 1, is in power through their agent President Loudon Waters. But now this ominous situation is experienced through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Grace Morrow.
When Grace finds out that she's adopted, her biological father, who's the head of the Global 1 nano-bot injection project, urges her against getting the bar code tattoo when she turns seventeen. Stunned by the revelations, she goes home to find her adoptive family vanished, and she's determined to find them, turning to the anti-bar-code group Decode. As they uncover more information about tracking, Grace must hide deep underground and under cover, trying to discover information that will allow Decode to figure out what Global 1 is up to, and trying desperately to shut the organization down for good.

MY THOUGHTSThis was my favorite book of the three by far. I cared about the characters, and felt the emotions they were feeling. The plot was much easier to follow and relationships much more developed. It can be read alone, but helps to read the 2 books that came before it, but definitely my favorite book in this series!

1 comment:

  1. sounds interesting,but dont think it would be my type,,but my grown daughters might like it


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