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Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

THE BAR CODE REBELLION, by Suzanne Weyn, is the second book about seventeen-year-old Kayla Marie Reed and the world she lives in. In 2025, when the novel takes place, everyone, at the age of seventeen, is required to be tattooed with a bar code. The bar code is what peo...
THE BAR CODE REBELLION, by Suzanne Weyn, is the second book about seventeen-year-old Kayla Marie Reed and the world she lives in. In 2025, when the novel takes place, everyone, at the age of seventeen, is required to be tattooed with a bar code. The bar code is what people use for everything, from paying for bus fare to getting a job. In the first book about this world, THE BAR CODE TATTOO, Kayla's neighbor, the now-famous Gene Drake, was killed in a struggle because he had discovered something terrible about the tattoo, and wanted to tell the world.

More terrible, it seems, than what Kayla and other bar code resistors already know: that the tattoo contains each person's genetic code, gained from the blood sample taken when they are tattooed. These codes can ruin a person's life, if they have problems such as bipolar disorder or Parkinson's disease in their family. That's what happened to Kayla's friend Amber and her parents.

Following Gene Drake's example, people everywhere are resisting the tattoo, even though it means forfeiting any chance at a normal life as a part of society. People are burning off the tattoo, or, if they join in time, refusing to get it in the first place.

One day, Kayla sees a girl on TV with her face, telling people how happy she is about the bar code tattoo. Next thing she knows, this girl is everywhere, pretending to be Kayla, and promoting the bar code tattoo. Is she a digital fake? Or is there more to it than that?

Suzanne Weyn's novel takes place in a scary future society. It's especially scary because it really could come true. We've all read books about what the future will be like, and chances are, none of them are exactly right. Everyone predicts, though, that the government will have more and more control over our daily lives, maybe even getting to the intense and frightening level like that in BAR CODE REBELLION.

In this story, characterization takes a backseat to the action, but that's okay, as it's meant to be more about the plot and the setting than it is about the characters. Even though the characters feel a little two-dimensional, it's still a book worth reading, especially for fans of THE BAR CODE TATTOO.

posted by TeensReadToo on October 26, 2008

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Bad

Don,t read

posted by Anonymous on July 24, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Bad

    Don,t read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    A Girl

    Leaves...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Rock

    Exactly. -_-

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Worst series ever Worst series ever

    If i could give this book negative stars i would. Anyone who likes this book needs to get mental help. Suzanne weyn needs to become a garbage MAN because that is the limit of her mental capabilities. Authors and readers should read this book just to revel in the atrocity that is this series. This series is a prime example on how not to write a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Disappointed...

    I read the first book and i didnt liie it. Maybe it was just me but i wouldnt recommend this to a friend. It jumped way to much. She barely new the dudes and she was already saying she loved them. That made me dislike the first book. It also didnt go into hardly any details to give me the sense i was in the book. I felt like a 6th grader wrote the book.... i was disappointed when reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2008

    Ugh and I thought the first one was bad...

    This book is terrible, Kayla¿s life is absolutely perfect until they throw in that she¿s being chased by Global-1 and that her ¿Parents¿ both committed suicide. She¿s supposedly drop dead gorgeous, gets all these attractive guys, has her whole art thing going on so she sketches her boyfriend when she¿s bored. Oh and she¿s one of her grandmothers clones so her dad isn¿t actually her dad. Not to mention she¿s psychic. I¿m tired of the stories of the girls that get everything, it doesn¿t matter how much you try to cover it up, give me something about someone I can relate to. The author gave her a perfect life then tried to cover it up. Maybe its just me but I wouldn¿t recommend this book.

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