The Bar Code Rebellion (Bar Code #2)

The Bar Code Rebellion (Bar Code #2)

 
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The Bar Code Rebellion (Bar Code #2)
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August 01, 2006
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They want your identity. They want your freedom. They can't have them.

The bar code rebellion.

Kayla has resisted getting the bar code tattoo, even though it's meant forfeiting a "normal" life. Without the tattoo, she's an exile. But she can't stay an exile for long....

For reasons she doesn't completely understand--but will soon discover--Kayla is at the center of a lethan conspiracy that will soon threaten the very notion of freedom. Kayla can either give in to the bar code, or she can join the resistance and fight it. The choice, to her, is clear: It's time to fight.

They want your identity.
They want your freedom.
They can't have them.

The bar code rebellion.

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A Disappointing ending

Reader reviewed by the book muncher

The Bar Code Rebellion is the sequel to The Bar Code Tattoo. Kayla is back, but shes still on the run. Whats creepy is that Kayla finds out that her enemies include someone who looks identical to her with one exception, she has a bar code tattoo. And what makes it scarier is that Kayla has more than one clone.

Kayla delves into her past to learn more about her and her clones. She enlists the help of her boyfriend Mfumbe, her best friend Amber, and others part of the resistance movement. Mfumbe gets caught and is forced to get a bar code tattoo. And its up to Kayla to save him and basically the rest of the world

I thought that the ending of this book, like its preceding one, was very rushed. It also seemed a bit unreal, along with other parts of the book. I only read this book because I was curious to how the story begun in the first book ended. I was disappointed overall. I dont recommend this book unless its for fans of all futuristic books. I dont expect there to be another in the series, and if there is, I won't check it out unless I have absolutely nothing else to read.

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thriller

Reader reviewed by Tabitha

I really liked this book a lot. Its one of those types of books that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Its basically a thriller. It explores the thoughts of the future and possibilities you wouldn't really think about. I recommend this book to everyone.

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A Scary (Possible) Future

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The Bar Code Rebellion, by Suzanne Weyn, is the second book about seventeen-year-old Kayla Marie Reed and the world she lives in. In 2025, when the novel takes place, everyone, at the age of seventeen, is required to be tattooed with a bar code. The bar code is what people use for everything, from paying for bus fare to getting a job. In the first book about this world, The Bar Code Tattoo, Kayla's neighbor, the now-famous Gene Drake, was killed in a struggle because he had discovered something terrible about the tattoo, and wanted to tell the world.

More terrible, it seems, than what Kayla and other bar code resistors already know: that the tattoo contains each person's genetic code, gotten from the blood sample taken when they are tattooed. These codes can ruin a person's life, if they have problems such as bipolar disorder or Parkinson's disease in their family. That's what happened to Kayla's friend Amber and her parents.

Following Gene Drake's example, people everywhere are resisting the tattoo, even though it means forfeiting any chance at a normal life as a part of society. People are burning off the tattoo, or, if they join in time, refusing to get it in the first place.

One day, Kayla sees a girl on TV with her face, telling people how happy she is about the barcode tattoo. Next thing she knows, this girl is everywhere, pretending to be Kayla, and promoting the barcode tattoo. Is she a digital fake? Or is there more to it than that?

Suzanne Weyn's novel takes place in a scary future society. It's especially scary because it really could come true. We've all read books about what the future will be like, and chances are, none of them are exactly right. Everyone predicts, though, that the government will have more and more control over our daily lives, maybe even getting to the intense and frightening level in Bar Code Rebellion.

In this story, characterization takes a backseat to the action, but that's okay, as it's meant to be more about the plot and the setting than it is about the characters. Even though the characters feel a little two-dimensional, it's still a book worth reading, especially for fans of The Bar Code Tattoo.

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