23 March 2012

Truth by Julia Karr

In this sequel to "XVI," Nina Oberon's life has changed enormously. After 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 16-year-old girls have. But Nina won't be anyone's stereotype. Original.

As action-packed as XVI was it was not nearly as absorbing as Truth. That is especially hard to do in a middle book in a series as well as in a book that is mostly worldbuilding, character building, and exposition. Karr certainly knows how to handle tension so that there is just enough without pushing over into too much. Although Nina has a great character arc I think the thing I loved most about this book was getting to know Dee. It was great seeing the little sister develop into a young adult on her own. Unlike Prim in the Hunger Games I think Dee is going to be a much more major player in future books, and probably present many problems for Nina, especially in how much information Nina is hiding from Dee. Nina’s arc is great, too. I was a little disappointed that it seems that there is another love triangle in the offing, but Chris seems like a much more mature boy that I’m not too upset. I am more upset about the girls’ club that’s forming in this book. It is so cliché to have a girl that’s mad just because she wants to “steal your man” and I’m a little sorry that Karr stooped so low. I hope that in future books it’s revealed that all the animosity is for a totally different reason and that Nina was just jumping to conclusions.

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