The Bar Code Prophecy

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The third book in the Bar Code series, in which one girl struggles to escape the conformity of a dystopian world.

Just as in the original Bar Code Tattoo, the year is 2025 and the mysterious, ubiquitous, and seemingly omnipotent multi-national corporation, Global 1, is in power through their agent President Loudon Waters. But now this ominous situation is experienced through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Grace Morrow.
When Grace finds out that ...

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Overview


The third book in the Bar Code series, in which one girl struggles to escape the conformity of a dystopian world.

Just as in the original Bar Code Tattoo, the year is 2025 and the mysterious, ubiquitous, and seemingly omnipotent multi-national corporation, Global 1, is in power through their agent President Loudon Waters. But now this ominous situation is experienced through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Grace Morrow.
When Grace finds out that she's adopted, her biological father, who's the head of the Global 1 nano-bot injection project, urges her against getting the bar code tattoo when she turns seventeen. Stunned by the revelations, she goes home to find her adoptive family vanished, and she's determined to find them, turning to the anti-bar-code group Decode. As they uncover more information about tracking, Grace must hide deep underground and under cover, trying to discover information that will allow Decode to figure out what Global 1 is up to, and trying desperately to shut the organization down for good.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Karen Jensen
"It's creepy but we're all trackable with or without the nanochip" (p. 138). In this third book in the Bar Code Tattoo series, Grace is about to turn seventeen and get her own tattoo. It has been six months since Decode has exposed that the government was using the bar code tattoos to track people; rumor has it that they even contained nanobots that could kill on command. After getting her tattoo, Grace receives an ominous warning and returns home to an empty house with the police waiting outside for her. Soon, Grace is on the run with a more informed boy named Eric, and they are chasing down ancient prophecies and literally trying to save the world. This dystopian series takes an unexpected and interesting twist by incorporating Native American traditions with the current fear of government control and over-intrusion into the lives of everyday citizens. The Bar Code Prophecy introduces some new characters while continuing the overall look at Global-1, introduced in the first two books. This is a quick read, which means the action is fast-paced with less emphasis on character development; this is also a great pick for reluctant readers who want to read on-trend without investing tons of time. Because of the short length, there are some leaps and a few gaps in logic, but this is a hauntingly realistic scenario that will appeal to readers. The series would make great book-discussion material, making it clear that in many ways our use of current technology can function in the same way that the tattoo would. It is relevant, accessible, and satisfying, and appropriate for younger audiences. Reviewer: Karen Jensen
School Library Journal
Gr 7–9—In 2025, tattoos are not only acceptable; they are required. Thanks to the manipulation of big business and crooked politicians, everyone over 17 must have a bar-code tattoo to access everything from spending money to college admission. Grace, 17, is looking forward to the 'too-it's a rite of passage. Who needs to listen to the fearmongers, who say that it is the evil tool of an overbearing government? But Grace's tattoo, far from being the ticket to adulthood, leads her straight into trouble. Her family disappears, security men from Global-1 begin chasing her, and a shaman tells her about a prophecy of "lines of destruction," and Grace appears to have a key part. She meets up with members of Decode, a group of rebel hackers and inventors committed to protecting Mother Earth and her children from strip-mining and other indignities perpetrated by greedy leaders. Most Decode members are Grace's age or slightly older. Third in a trilogy that includes Bar Code Tattoo (2004) and Bar Code Rebellion (2006, both Scholastic), this book reads best with the background of the previous books, but it can stand alone. Weyn relies at times on imagined newspaper articles, letters, and paragraphs of explanation to move the action forward. Some readers might question how teens easily hack government sites, produce sophisticated fake tattoos, construct magnetically propelled cars, and escape professional security forces time and again. Others will sit back and enjoy the action, the occasional romance, and the Native American conservation themes in this swiftly moving adventure.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
Kirkus Reviews
The third installment of this series about bar-coded humans, set in the near future, gets off to a strong start, but flimsy characterization and slipshod storytelling sink the promising high concept. Grace can't wait to get her bar-code tattoo when she turns 17 in two days, but Eric, her crush at the climbing gym, has doubts. He suspects the manufacturer, genetics arm of megacorporation Global-1, may still be releasing malicious nanobots with the tattoos. Grace is sure he's wrong--her dad works for Global-1, and besides, it's convenient to have all that encrypted personal information tattooed on your wrist. She learns otherwise when she runs into her father's colleague Dr. Harriman. Alarmed to see her new tattoo, he tells her to go home immediately, where she finds her family gone and her home invaded by well-armed Global-1 security police. Soon Grace herself lands in the hands of Decode, an underground group opposed to Global-1. This is promising material, but worldbuilding is superficial, and the generic characters are nearly indistinguishable. Substituting action for substance, the frenetic plot serves up dollops of underdeveloped rubber science and vaguely Hopi and Navajo mysticism without investing the effort needed to bring it all to life. Appetizing flashes of wit and occasional vivid moments leave readers hungry for a real meal. (Science fiction. 12-16)
From the Publisher

Praise for Suzanne Weyn's DISTANT WAVES:

* "Weyn's take on the infamous disaster is wholly original." -- BOOKLIST, starred review

"Told in gripping first-person narrative, this novel features interesting characters and creates a strong sense of time and place, while exploring the mysteries of the spirit world." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"Weyn weaves fantasy together with factual threads of the Spiritualist movement, Nikola Tesla's inventions and the celebrity-studded passenger list of the doomed ocean liner. . . . A page-turner." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

Praise for EMPTY:

"[A] realistic and thought-provoking scenario . . . packaged into a speedy read." -- BOOKLIST

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545425292
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 625,862
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.90 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Great book

    This was the best series ever

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    with only reading the first chapter i purchased the book as soon

    with only reading the first chapter i purchased the book as soon as i found it... i was surprised with the native American themes and the build of the conflict of technology and the traditional both american and native american ideals ... i will find the first two books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Put the bar code on my butt

    Hay scan that

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Worst book ever

    This
    Is the worst book ever,Don't read it.
    You'll die from the oddness

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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