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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Voice of Youth Advocates
(April 1, 2005; 0-439-39562-3)

In 2025 America, everyone is getting the bar code tattoo on their wrist, containing financial and medical information. After sixteen-year-old Kayla Reed's father commits suicide and her best friend's family members are forced to move after receiving their bar codes, Kayla joins the resistance group Decode and refuses to get her tattoo when she turns seventeen. Readers encounter many cliffhangers as Kayla survives a house fire, escapes the hospital before getting tattooed, is accused of murdering her mother, hitchhikes to the Adirondacks, and wanders the wilderness sick with fever and desperate to avoid corporate and government enforcers and double agents her age. After joining a camp of resisters who are developing psychic abilities in response to the changing social and cultural environment, Kayla regains the strength to fight another day. The science fiction angle of the corporate/government powers using bar codes to weed out the unfit and uplift those with the least genetic flaws for future cloning is complemented with a discussion of how credit cards were the seeds of consumer tracking. A subplot of the elderly being euthanized in hospitals to save insurance costs is equally disturbing. Mixed in with such thought-provoking substance are some distracting subplots. A romantic triangle between Kayla and two classmates seems forced and used only to heighten suspense and move a plot that is already progressing well, and the conclusion involving people quickly evolving psychic abilities is under-explored. Teens will enjoy this book with its intriguing cover and suspense but might find the ending unsatisfying.-Julie Scordato.

School Library Journal
(February 1, 2005; 0-439-39562-3)

Gr 6 Up-It's 2025, and the thing to do on your 17th birthday is to get a bar code tattoo, which is used for everything from driver's licenses to shopping. Kayla, almost 17, resists because she hates the idea of being labeled. Then the tattoos begin to drive people to commit suicide, Kayla's father among them, and she soon finds out that the markings contain detailed information about their bearers, including their genetic code. When the government, controlled by a corporation called Global-1, makes the tattoo mandatory, Kayla joins a teen resistance movement and falls for a gorgeous guy, unaware that he's a double agent. She discovers she has some psychic ability and has confusing visions of future events. Forced to run away after being implicated in her mother's accidental death, she eventually joins other resisters hiding in the Adirondack Mountains, finds romance with an old friend, and learns to harness her psychic powers to fight Global-1 and fulfill her visions. Like M. T. Anderson's Feed (Candlewick, 2002), this novel examines issues of individuality versus conformity and individual freedom versus governmental control. Because it also deals with the ethics of enhanced genetics and cloning, it tries to cover too much territory and relies too heavily on coincidence and far-fetched plotting. Stick with Feed.-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Sarah Applegate (KLIATT Review, May 2005 (Vol. 39, No. 3))
In a book not far from the headlinesaWhat if people began to get bar codes tattooed on their arms for identification, for credit card purchasing, for movement around the country, for getting a job? This is the premise of The Bar Code Tattoo, a story about Kayla, a high school student who is beginning to get suspicious of what the bar codes are doing to her world. Her friend's father can't get a job, people are losing their homes, alienating their families and committing suicide, and she knows it is somehow connected to the bar codes. She joins a group working against the codes and against Global-1, the corporation behind the codes, and soon is inspired to fight the bar code--and to fall in love! In the end, Kayla finds herself unwittingly on the lam, separated from her friends and family but knowing in her heart that she is doing what is right. This is a great book, one that reminded me of one of my favorites, Feed by M.T. Anderson, though a little less futuristic. It would be an excellent tie-in to discuss contemporary issues of proposed US I.D. cards and civil rights, as well as corporate domination and centralization of ownership. Students will enjoy the multilayered story lines and some students will recognize the similarities to the book of Revelation, which, if you read the author's note, inspired the title. A frightening book. Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Scholastic, 252p., $5.99. Ages 12 to 18.

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In a book not far from the headlinesaWhat if people began to get bar codes tattooed on their arms for identification, for credit card purchasing, for movement around the country, for getting a job? This is the premise of The Bar Code Tattoo, a story about Kayla, a high school student who is beginning to get suspicious of what the bar codes are doing to her world. Her friend's father can't get a job, people are losing their homes, alienating their families and committing suicide, and she knows it is somehow connected to the bar codes. She joins a group working against the codes and against Global-1, the corporation behind the codes, and soon is inspired to fight the bar code—and to fall in love! In the end, Kayla finds herself unwittingly on the lam, separated from her friends and family but knowing in her heart that she is doing what is right. This is a great book, one that reminded me of one of my favorites, Feed by M.T. Anderson, though a little less futuristic. It would be an excellent tie-in to discuss contemporary issues of proposed US I.D. cards and civil rights, as well as corporate domination and centralization of ownership. Students will enjoy the multilayered story lines and some students will recognize the similarities to the book of Revelation, which, if you read the author's note, inspired the title. A frightening book. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Scholastic, 252p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Sarah Applegate
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-It's 2025, and the thing to do on your 17th birthday is to get a bar code tattoo, which is used for everything from driver's licenses to shopping. Kayla, almost 17, resists because she hates the idea of being labeled. Then the tattoos begin to drive people to commit suicide, Kayla's father among them, and she soon finds out that the markings contain detailed information about their bearers, including their genetic code. When the government, controlled by a corporation called Global-1, makes the tattoo mandatory, Kayla joins a teen resistance movement and falls for a gorgeous guy, unaware that he's a double agent. She discovers she has some psychic ability and has confusing visions of future events. Forced to run away after being implicated in her mother's accidental death, she eventually joins other resisters hiding in the Adirondack Mountains, finds romance with an old friend, and learns to harness her psychic powers to fight Global-1 and fulfill her visions. Like M. T. Anderson's Feed (Candlewick, 2002), this novel examines issues of individuality versus conformity and individual freedom versus governmental control. Because it also deals with the ethics of enhanced genetics and cloning, it tries to cover too much territory and relies too heavily on coincidence and far-fetched plotting. Stick with Feed.-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439395625
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Point Thriller Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author


Suzanne Weyn has written many books for young adults including Distant Waves, Reincarnation, Empty, and Invisible World. She lives in New York, and you can find her at www.suzanneweynbooks.com.
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  • Posted October 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Bar Code Tattoo

    "The Bar Code Tattoo" was an interesting book of adventure, romance, and science fiction. The book is about a girl named Kayla and how she fights for what she believes in. When the town Kayla lives in starts to get more technology, people start to get a tattoo of a barcode that holds everything a person would need like money, health records, and other personal information. But, when people start to go insane and the barcode becomes mandatory Kayla and her friends think of plans to get away from it all and escape to the Adirondack Mountains. Kayla must be brave and fight for what she thinks is right with the help of the friends and the calming effect of peppermint gum.
    This book explains that you need to stand up for what you believe in and not just go along with the crowd because doing what everyone else is doing is not always the best option. With it's twists and turns this book was just so hard to put down! This story is a page turner and something that most people ages ten and up would enjoy. Kayla is a good role model for people of all ages. She fights for what's right and she doesn't go along with the crowd even when times get rough. "The Bar Code Tattoo" is just an all around good book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Great, until the end

    This book is an exciting adventure of love and finding your own true self, no matter what. Kayla decides she wants to be original and doesn't follow the trend, and that's when she realizes that there's something more to the tatto than what they're telling. The tatto totally meeses up her life: It killed her father and is driving her mother crazy. It drives a wedge between her and her best friend, but she also joins a new circle of friends who share her views on the tatto. It's a great book, but the ending's a little cheesy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

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    Dystopian perfection in a small package

    When I picked this book up to read it, I thought it would be a quick easy read. I was dead wrong...the book is full to the brim of essential story information and keeps you reading until the end. I love stories that end a chapter with an event so exciting you have to turn the page to see what happens...before you know it...you are done!

    I am reading the Bar Code Rebellion right now and put away 6 chapters this morning already :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Jaw Dropper

    pros: This book keeps you on your feet , hard to pull away fromcons: few grapic parts - but she makes up for them in suspenceMs. Weyn has done it! She has come up with a series bound to make you addicted to them. This book is a great suspence! Their were a few parts where I felt so into the book that I could actually felt the main characters sorrow, anger, and fear. I recommend the series !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2014

    Was anyone else bothered by the fact that the author evidently d

    Was anyone else bothered by the fact that the author evidently doesn't understand how evolution works? I love science fiction and the book was great, except that I seriously could not get past this. People if you are going to write about evolution, study up a bit first..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Awesome book! I love this author and can't wait to see what else

    Awesome book! I love this author and can't wait to see what else she writes! The whole time it kept my interest and I never wanted to put it down! I don't recommend starting it when its late or else it will keep you up all night reading and wondering what will happen next. Overall it kept my interest the whole time and I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Must read

    Must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Creepy

    Great book. Well written. I can definetly see these events happening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    wow this could really happen

    this is an amazing book. the main character is a strong girl that doesn't care what people think about her.when the bar code tattoos become in style she thinks they are weird and doesn't want one.weird things start to take place in her family and friends lives that she blames on the tattoos. Is she right? Are the tattoos really making people suffer?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Is this the same as "The Bar Code Rebellion"?

    If it is then this is a great book and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves futuristic type books. (:

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    Loved It

    In the book, The Bar Code Tattoo, the main character Kayla Reed tries to rebel against getting the Bar Code Tattoo. Kayla is a teenage girl who lives in the year 2024 in New York, New York. She, as well as others, dresses in jumpsuits or neon colored clothing (Future Clothing). Kayla is one, out of a group of kids who don't get the tattoo. Kayla gets accused of something terrible, that she didn't do, and not having the bar code becomes a problem. After not having the bar code becomes illegal for anybody ages 17+, Kayla finds herself in trouble to keep herself clean from the tattoo. So Kayla joins the resistance from the bar code, with her KNOTU2 group (The other kids without the tattoo). I loved The Bar Code Tattoo because I found it very interesting. I became hooked right after I read the first few pages. I loved Kayla`s opinion on things because it is the same way I would react to the situation. Kayla thought there was something wrong, so she did the research. Kayla had went through a lot of rough times, which have also led her into believing that the tattoo was bad, and I admire her for that. The book The Bar Code Rebellion is the sequel to the Bar Code Tattoo. I thought the book was great, and I would definitely recommend this book for others to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    best book ever

    this is the best book i have read science 2004

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    Sooo Amazing

    I loved the book. It was so different!!! It takes place in the future and totally talks about government corruption and people fighting back!! It just shows how strong a society of people, or just a few people can be!! And it's always cool when people actually work together.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

    Great Book

    It's the future and you have to have the bar code tattoo to get a license and buy things, and what's even worse it's against the law if you don't have it. I believe this book is a great piece of work and holds your interest in a page turning thriller. The main character Kayla is almost 17 and is leery of the tattoo. The tattoo holds personal information about everyone who has it. Kayla enters a rebellion group against the tattoo with some friends until she must run for her life in an intense flee from Global 1 (the bar code police)to a refuge in the Adirondacks. If you are like me this book will keep you on edge wanting to read more and more. I recommend this book for people 12 and over.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

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    Intriguing Idea

    Reminds me of Ira Levin's This Perfect Day. The implications of the story are scary ones. I hope the powers that be don't get any ideas. A quick interesting read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    bar code tattoo

    This book is absolutly amazing i love this book. I'm going to beg my mom to buy me this series for christmas. It's amazingly realistic and you will find yourself reading it all day.

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    My book review for the Bar Code Tattoo

    The Bar Code Tattoo, in my opinion, was a really great book. I thought that in the beginning it needed to have more action, but once I got into the body of the book the action came and it kept me wanting to know more. One thing that I thought could have been better was the amount of suspense. Every challenge that came was solved almost immediately. There was never a choice of what to do or how Kayla could get out of each conflict that happened. It just instantly was okay. If I could go back and change something in the book, I think that the thing I would change would be to make more suspense so that the solution to each problem was not so predictable. Other than this, I thought that the book was pretty well written and it kept me interested the whole time I was reading.

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

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    awesome book

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    Amazingly awesome book!

    The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn is a great book. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Suzanne did a very good job writing this book. She developed her characters so well, that you feel like you have known them all of your life.
    This book is set in the future. In this version of the future, people do not carry money with them at all. You used an e-card, which are like credit cards, until you were seventeen. Then, you would get a bar code tattoo. When you get the bar code tattoo people would scan it and that is how you would pay for things. That is not the only thing the bar code tattoo does. It also holds all of you information, even your licenses. So, basically you would not have to carry anything around anymore.
    Though, not everybody looks at this as a good thing. There are little groups every where that rebel against the bar code tattoos. They think that they destroy your life. Their theory is that when they tattoo the bar code on, they put in some type of micro-robots. They say that when you are breaking a law or getting to close to exposing the government, they turn the robots on. The robots make you either sick or do nothing at all.
    So, they chose not to have the bar code tattoo.
    Here's the catch, not having the bar code tattoo is against the law. The people protesting the tattoo say that they should just stick with the e-cards, or who ever wants the tattoo can get it and who ever does not want the tattoo does not have to get it. The government told them that it is easier to keep track of people when they have the tattoo.
    The Bar Code Tattoo is a fantastic book. I suggest that you get yourself a copy and read it. This book is sad at times, but it is also happy at other times. It balances itself out perfectly. Also, The Bar Code Tattoo has a sequel. It is called The Bar Code Rebellion. It was even better then the first one. So, read this book and enjoy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2008

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    captivating and spectacular.

    When I first saw this book I thought "Hmm, this might be interesting." And it was. I enjoyed it all and thought it was very creative. I read over and over and never get tired of it. It has a special thrilling evasiveness to it by trying to get away from the Bar code Tattoo and running from the government. It's hard to put the book down once you pick it up. I highly recomend reading this book.

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