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Rash by Pete Hautman, Andy Paris

"Of course, without people like us Marstens, there wouldn't be anybody to do the manual labor that makes this country run. Without penal workers, who would work the production lines, or pick the melons and peaches, or maintain the streets and parks and public lavatories? Our economy depends on prison labor. Without it everybody would have to work -- whether they wanted to or not."

In the late twenty-first century Bo Marsten is unjustly accused of a causing a rash that plagues his entire high school. He loses it, and as a result, he's sentenced to work in the Canadian tundra, at a pizza factory that's surrounded by hungry polar bears. Bo finds prison life to be both boring and dangerous, but it's nothing compared to what happens when he starts playing on the factory's highly illegal football team. In the meantime, Bork, an artificial intelligence that Bo created for a science project, tracks Bo down in prison. Bork has spun out of control and seems to be operating on his own. He offers to get Bo's sentence shortened, but can Bo trust him? And now that Bo has been crushing skulls on the field, will he be able to go back to his old, highly regulated life?

Pete Hautman takes a satirical look at an antiseptic future in this darkly comic mystery/adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781428111035
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 08/17/2006
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Pete Hautman is the author of National Book Award–winning novel Godless, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, Stone Cold, The Flinkwater Factor, The Forgetting Machine, and Mr. Was, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, as well as several adult novels. He lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at PeteHautman.com.

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Rash 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time i read this book i had no idea it was about football otherwise i wouldnt have read it but this book was an exception it kept me reading i couldbt put it down its a great read read it and i promise you will enjoy it
Michael-Van-Riessen More than 1 year ago
The book Rash is about a high school kid named Bo Marsten. It seems like Bo has a normal life. He has a girlfriend, he's athletic, he is keeping his grades up, that sort of thing. However, 2076 in the United Safer States of America isn't so normal compared to what we live in. The United States has become a Safety-Freak country. So, Bo ends up getting thrown in a Pizza Plant in the Canadian Tundra for assaulting a kid and for somehow spreading some type of disease throughout the school. Bo then joins a illegal football team at the pizza plant while working for them and Bork, Bo's "cyber-buddy" from school tries to get Bo out of jail. I really liked how Pete Hautman included the illegal football team at the pizza plant to give the book more excitement. I disliked however the ending of the book, which was quite uneventful. The book was alright, but not as long and as detailed as I hoped it would be.
AStoopidReader More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. Everything about it was just an experience that was well delivered with Hautman's great prediction for the US and it's citizens. After first reading this I even started to run as though there was a Grizzly on my ass! I love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very good, and enjoyed the plot and the action. The plot kept moving which kept me interested in the book. Although, I did think the ending was dragged on a little too long. The high point ended, Bo came back and rejoined his family, but after that, it just goes on about him adapting back into a normal life. I thought that part was kind of slow and uneventful. But all in all it was a good read, and I do recommend it.
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
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.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very entertaining and an all around great science fiction novel. Whovians like myself would probably enjoy this as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this. I don't think you'll read anything else like it.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
The lesson that I have learned from reading this book is to keep your anger to yourself or something even worse will happen to you. For example, Bo said to himself," You can do this. Turn and walk away. It's not worth it. Turn and walk away." but he didn't, he punched Karlohs. This shows that if you do bad decisions, then bad things will happen to you. Another lesson I learned was that to not do bad decisions because you would not only hurt yourself but others too. For example, Bo's mother said," First, your father, then your older brother and now you." This shows that when you do bad decisions, your family will also suffer.
TheBookReviewer69 More than 1 year ago
The book was actually one of the better books that I have read in my lifetime. I will rate the book in the top 5 of my favorite books along with the Hunger Games and Gym Candy. The plot of the book really makes you think about what if this was me in this situation. The book isn¿t a hard read I read it in 2 or 3 days and the suspense is killer. If you like the future and football then the book is definitely for you. I recommend this book to anyone.
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Rash is a definite page turner it never looses its step it goes on and on and you never loose interest in it. Also it can teach teenagers a less to not go to jail because bad things can happen tp them if they go to jail.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Picture, if you will, life in the year 2076. You are living in The United Safer States of America and things such as obesity, verbal abuse, and dangerous activities are against the law. The legal driving age is twenty-six. Even sports such as football are illegal. Sports that are allowed are hindered due to all the safety gear the participants are required to wear. This is the world that sixteen-year-old Bo Marsten inhabits.

Bo has inherited a bit of a temper from his father who has been in prison since 2073 for road rage. He has been in trouble at school many times for "failing to control his antisocial impulses," but when he is falsely accused of causing a rash that spreads throughout the school, his anger gets the best of him and he assaults a classmate. This action lands him in a work camp in the middle of the Canadian tundra that is surrounded by hungry polar bears.

The work camp Bo is sent to is a factory that makes pizzas. He becomes a member of a four man team with the responsibility of using the pepperoni gun. Each pull of the trigger on the pepperoni gun delivers twenty-six pepperoni on each pizza. When the team works in sync, life isn't so bad. There is only one group that causes Bo problems while he is there, the Goldshirts. The Goldshirts are an elite group at the pizza factory that have special privileges like a variety of food, when the others only have defective pizzas to eat for every meal, every day. The Goldshirts main job is to play football for the warden.

All new editions to the work camp eventually have a tryout in front of the warden. This entails running and catching a pass. If you catch it, you become a Goldshirt and are placed on the team. Bo makes the team and experiences physical activity without protective gear for the first time in his life. The warden requires that the team practice every day for several hours in order to prepare for an illegal game with another work camp. If you want to remain a Goldshirt, you play even if you are injured.

After surviving work camp and brutal football games, Bo, with the help of an unlikely attorney, is released from his sentence and allowed to go home. Bo begins to think about life in the USSA and considers where else he can go that would allow more freedom.

Pete Hautman has written a unique sports novel for the sci-fi/fantasy lover. This interesting look at what might happen to a society more concerned with safety than freedom is a page-turner. The reader will enjoy comparing today's life with the life Hautman has created.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rash is a book about a teenager living in the year 2074, and everything is not what you would think it would be. Pete Hautman unravels the world of the year 2074, and creats a bloody good adventure with unexpected twists. You'll read things like how McDonalds had devoloped from a fast food place, to an automobile place, then to a pizza place. I reccomend this book to anyone who likes science fiction, adventure, or people who like a hint of sports in their books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rash is supposed to be a funny adventure about a kid that has just about the worst luck possible. As you read though, you will realize that it is actually pretty scary. It scares me because laws and rules in this book might actually exist one day. Football is outlawed, books are things of the past, helmets are worn every time you walk uncase you fall, and criminals don¿t go to prison anymore they go to work plants for big brands like Coke and McDonalds. Rash takes a great look at the future, and I recommend it to anyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rash is a novel that young adults can easily relate to because of the impressments placed upon the youth by the government. Instead of parents just babying the kids the entire nation babies them and forces them to be overprotected. The way Hautman describes life in the future and references our day and ages a primitive can be quite comical. It was a very easy read it kept my attention the whole time with plot twists and great dialogue. The book uses many literary devices. It often uses great imagery to describe Bo¿s surroundings. Foreshadowing is used frequently to clue you into Bo¿s future, and similes are often used to describe physical activity in the game. I suggest this book to many audiences because of its witty humor and intense action scenes. This novel was one of my favorite readings of the year. It kept me entertained from start to finish. Never once did I lose interest in this book. Its one of the must reads of the year and Pete Hautman is a great writer. The audiences who will relate to this story the best are the young adults of the world. The constant nagging of parents can be related to the constant threats of the laws in the USSA. Therefore I believe this to be a great read for most ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
in the book 'Rash' a boy named Bo is in a lot of trouble with the police and his whole family is wanted, if you want a book packed with action, read Rash!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is 1 of the best books i've read it is just sooo outstanding!!!! i recomend this to everything
BURNS-07 More than 1 year ago
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.