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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    In this story a 16 year old, Bo Marsten lives in a futuristic am

    In this story a 16 year old, Bo Marsten lives in a futuristic america, where the government is obsessed with safety, and anyone who does even the slightest thing wrong is arrested. Bo has anger management issues, so he almost gets sent to jail because of previous incidents. When Bo attacks one of his peers, he is sent to a prison to do work. Not long after arriving, Bo finds out that a special group of prisoners is chosen once in a while to play on a football team in the Tundra Bowl. I would recommend this book to other people because of it's interesting take on the future, and it's gripping story. For example, the author depicts the world as a place where safety is above all else. For example, they make civilians wear protective gear at all times. I could not put this book down, it was amazing.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

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    Several of Bo's family members are locked up and he REALLY doesn

    Several of Bo's family members are locked up and he REALLY doesn't want to follow in their footsteps. But in 2076 in the United Safer States of America, the craziest things can get you in trouble. Bo's temper causes him to be sent to a pizza-making "prison" near Hudson Bay where he endures pain and humiliation. Once his school-project artificial intelligence "being," Bork, contacts him, Bo begins to think he may be able to reduce his three-year sentence. A great sci-fi look at government control and how the rules we live by today may not be as bad as they could be. Because the game of football plays a large part in Bo's time in prison, teen sports fans will enjoy this book. Thanks to Puget Sound Council for this review copy.

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  • Posted March 12, 2009

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    Great Read for Sports Fans

    Rash by Pete Hautman is a book about what life would be like living in 2070.

    The USA is now called the USSA (United Safer States of America). Americans have traded their freedom and independence for safety. It is no longer legal to play football or run without wearing extensive padding. Alcohol, cigarettes, temper tantrums, hunting, obesity and dangerous activities are against the law.

    Bo Marston lives with his mother and very eccentric grandfather. His father and brothers were sent away to work on crews at work camps because of their tempers. Bo wants two things out of life; break the school record for the 100-meter dash, and to win over Maddy Wilson.

    When Bo sees Maddy getting friendly with the guy he dislikes, Karlohs, he gets into trouble. Remember this is 2070 and hurting another's feelings by name-calling is against the law.

    "She doesn't want anything to do with a pretentious droog like you, I said, getting right in his face. So leave her alone, okay? I don't want your disgusting dog anus mouth anywhere near her, understand? Karlohs staggered back as if he had been struck. I felt a moment of satisfaction followed immediately by a sick feeling. I knew I'd gone too far, even though it was true." Verbally attacking someone's physical appearance is a class three misdemeanor. (14-15) Bo goes to court and is sentenced to three years but is suspended as long as he stays out of trouble until his 19th birthday. Well, as you read, we know that isn't going to happen, and soon enough Bo has another confrontations with Karlohs. Bo is sent away to prison.

    Bo is sent to prison 387 to make frozen pizzas for McDonalds. Hammer his warden loves football and promotes the illegal game in the camp. Boys who make the team, the elite goldshirts, are allowed shorter work shifts, cushy jobs, and choices in food. But, the warden has no care about their health on the playing field.

    While Bo works on football he is also learning about making pizza, and how to be a good friend to Bork and Rhino, his roommates. Bo soon realizes he has some decisions to make about his future.

    This was a great sci-fi, futuristic book that involved football,but it also showed Bo's struggle with life in a different society, and how he handled his own anger problems.
    Rash was a fast paced easy read. It reminded me of the book Holes by Luis Sachar. The book gets better after he goes to prison involving more interesting characters. The author did a great job incorporting kids problems today with a futuristic twist. I recommend this book to any teenage boy who has an interest in football or any sport. He won't be dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

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    RASH, by Pete Hautmen is a fictional book. RASH was a good book. There was quite a bit of foreshadowing in this book. It was hard to stop reading it. I didn¿t like the ending though. RASH was set in Canada, also it was in the far future. Bo, the main character, was good runner but an enemy 'Carlos Mink', who was as good at running as he was, was about to beat his record. The next day he whispers to Carlos when he walked by. After a few minutes his Carlos had a rash and he couldn¿t breath. Bo is accused of spreading a rash to the whole school. Carlos planned this and told him. Bo got furious and got into a fight with him. He has to go away to an institution. There he has a choice to be safe and do what he¿s suppose to or play an illegal game of football, and may be get his sentence shortened. Bo is a fast runner, so he plays football as a running back. Later he¿s let outside the fence around the institution, where he has to run away from some very hungry polar bears. He has to dodge the polar bears like he dodges the defense in football. He is about to be eaten by a polar bear when a guy comes to his rescue. The bear falls on top of him and he gets knocked out. Pete Hautmen writes in first person point of view. It is easy to read because it is like Bo is really telling you the story in person. I would say sixth and seventh grade boys would like this book. It is full of action and sports. Rash is a book that boys at ages 10-14 would enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2007


    this is 1 of the best books i've read it is just sooo outstanding!!!! i recomend this to everything

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