This is the first in a pair of books portraying a possible future wherein all the inhabitants of the earth have been tattooed with bar codes. These codes enable the people to get jobs, purchase items, and generally get along in society. Kayla, the main character, is approaching the age when the government believes that one is old enough to need the tattoo, and she is not sure whether to go forward with it, or join with the rebels who are fighting against the system.
The story is decent enough, but the writing is so choppy and abrupt that it is difficult to really enjoy. A fair amount of print is devoted to the girl’s inner feelings toward the various young men she associates with, which is always difficult for us male readers.
Rated: Mild. Fewer than 10 instances of mild language, mostly taking the Lord’s name in vain.