The Bar Code Tattoo

The Bar Code Tattoo

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by Suzanne Weyn
     
 

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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 in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There's no option but to run . . . for

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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 in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There's no option but to run . . . for her life.Indivuality vs. conformity.. Identity vs. access. Freedom vs. control.The bar code tattoo.

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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.

KLIATT
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439395625
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Point Thriller Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 10.66(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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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The Bar Code Tattoo (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Zoom-Zoom More than 1 year ago
"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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
burgandryain More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 !
n1995 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 14 days ago
One of the greatest books i have ever read #love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and it's whole background. I love before and how she hates the bar code. She has so much support from her friend. It is very supportive of them and shows a good freindship berween the two. Love this book overall.<3 :) ;) :-/
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Liggybee More than 1 year ago
I am surprised by the negative comments some readers made about this book. I thought it was very suspenseful and exciting at the same time. The storyline was very realistically scary. To think people were being forced to get a bar code tattoo just to be able to participate in society. Then to find out there is something seriously wrong going on and that you (Kayla) are somehow a target in this government conspiracy...THAT alone is terrifying. I couldn't wait to read the next book to find answers to the questions I had reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. Well written. I can definetly see these events happening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If it is then this is a great book and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves futuristic type books. (:
Gagamonsta More than 1 year ago
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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