XVI by Julia Karr

By Julia Karr

Nina Oberon's lifestyles is beautiful basic: she hangs out along with her ally, Sandy, and their workforce, is going to varsity, performs together with her little sister, Dee. yet Nina is 15. and prefer all ladies she'll obtain a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her sixteenth birthday. XVI. these 3 letters should be branded on her wrist, saying to all of the international - even the main predatory of fellows - that she is prepared for intercourse. thought of effortless prey by means of a few, portrayed through the Media as sluts who ask for assaults, turning into a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst worry. that's, till correct ahead of her birthday, while Nina's mother is brutally attacked. together with her demise breaths, she finds to Nina a stunning fact approximately her previous - person who destroys every thing Nina proposal she knew. Now, by myself yet for her sister, Nina needs to try and observe who she relatively is, the entire whereas staying one step sooner than her mother's killer.

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Not like me. Religion was one thing I’d never really thought much about. We’d studied the Religion Wars of the past and I’d decided then that it was not for me. It helped that Ginnie’d felt the same way. Religion seemed to me like one group of people telling another group that their color of red was the best. And that everyone had to believe that, or else. The End-of-Wars treaty required that churches not attempt to impose their beliefs on anyone. The Governing Council had taken that a step further and made it illegal to preach religious beliefs in any form of Media.

They were so thrilled to see each other I had to tell Dee twice to wait for me by the trans stop after school. Seeing her PAV receiver clipped to her bag reminded me of Ed. I grabbed her arm. “Dee, be careful and don’t go anywhere with anyone else. ” “Skivs! What kind of idiot do you think I am? ” She yanked her arm away and ran off with Maddie, instantly swallowed up in the crowd of elementary school kids surging toward Dickens. Several blocks later, I was standing in front of Daley High, nerves jangling.

I wasn’t going to risk getting them angry. After what seemed like hours, I managed to pull myself together enough to call Gran. “We’re on the express. Should be in Cementville in about fifteen minutes,” Gran said. ” “You and Dee make some tea for us. You need to be busy right now. Don’t think too much. We’ll be there as soon as we can. ” I clicked off my PAV. “Gran says they need tea. ” I stood. Holding out my hands to my little sister, I pulled her up and hugged her. “We’ll get through this, DeeDee.

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