The Bar Code Tattoo

The Bar Code Tattoo

Book - 2004
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In the near future, Kayla finds herself running for her life when she refuses to get the mandatory bar code tattoo on her seventeenth birthday--a decision that renders her a social outcast and places her family in grave danger. The bar code tattoo. Everybody's getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity. But what if you say no? What if you don't want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There's no option but to run for her life. Individuality vs. conformity. Identity vs. access. Freedom vs. control. The bar code tattoo.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, c2004.
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ISBN: 9780439395625
0439395623
Call Number: WEYN
Characteristics: 252 p. ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Psychological fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Science fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Bar coding -- Fiction.
Conformity -- Fiction.
Individuality -- Fiction.
Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Fiction.
Alternative Title: Barcode tattoo

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poseur247
Jul 01, 2016

This book started out interesting. But for some reason, even though all your info can now be found in a tattoo, this girl lacks a cell phone. Really!?!? Then she all Revenants her way through the book into a super hippie commune?!?!?!?!? Ugh, the dialogue was painful. So sad since the idea was really good.

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jjWhte
May 08, 2015

I found out about this book on Pinterest of all places. I read the summary and was so excited to read the book. Once I got past the first few chapters I had to keep asking myself why I was still reading this story. In my opinion it had no depth. The concept was cool, but also very under developed. If you want to kill off a few brain cells, be my guest. But honestly, Weyns should stick to retelling fairy tells.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "So interesting. Easy ride for an adult but a very different book. Cool concept. A little scary in a mysterious way."

Orange_Fox_31 Jul 19, 2014

this book is great.its like a distopian society... you have to get the tatoo

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sapphicatthedisco
Nov 21, 2013

average, a bit boring and predictable

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jvoros
Aug 06, 2013

Good read. I enjoyed these books

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Clowe15
Feb 16, 2013

pretty good, a nice read if you have nothing else to do,it's not a book that i suggest going out and buying but all in all a good time waster

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lati2003cb
Jan 08, 2013

Can't wait to get my hands on the second book!! Such a great story. Scary to think that the bar code is a possibility to replace every thing we use now!!!!

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heeba
Jul 24, 2012

This is an really good book
And for all of you guys wondering if there is or in not another book, there is! In fact its in the library.
Its called 'The Bar Code Rebellion.'
I have not read it but i have it on hold and hope to read it soon. I hope its as good or better than the first book!

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BarbaraA
Jul 17, 2012

This was an okay book...nothing special but I liked the story. It was pretty predictable and the writing isn't stellar, but the story was somewhat original.

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sapphicatthedisco
Nov 21, 2013

sapphicatthedisco thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 16

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heeba
Jul 25, 2012

heeba thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 19

maroon_owl_8 Jun 11, 2012

maroon_owl_8 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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b_xy_p
Feb 21, 2011

b_xy_p thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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poseur247
Jul 01, 2016

Obviously this is about a bar code tattoo. The controversy surrounds a girl who doesn't want one.

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heeba
Jul 25, 2012

This book is about our world in the future where it becomes necessarily to get a bar code tattoo. A bar code tattoo is like a credit card and it has all your info. in it, the only creepy part about it is that you where it on your wrist. First it wasn't necessarily because there was still money, but now there isn't! Everyone 17 or over must have a bar code tattoo. The thing is that ppl think that s it is very exciting, it isn't! A lot of ppl think that it has killed ppl!

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b_xy_p
Feb 21, 2011

Kayla lives in a world where every 17 and over person must be tattooed. It isn't revealed why, but it will make your life better, they say. As time goes on, Kayla still does not believe in the tattoos. Then, her father sucides out of depression, ever since he gotten the tattoo, and leaves her mother scared. Soon, Kayla joins in on a rebellion group called Decode, to fight this ongoing problem. People are getting declined for jobs, and suffering deep depression. It isn't too long until Kayla's mother tries to burn the tattoo, and dies in the progress. Kayla is all alone in the world, and is on the run. News cast her as a prime suspect for her mother's death, and charges her for not having the tattoo, at the age 17. She meets a group in the high mountains, rebelling against the bar code as well, and stays there for a while, until the officers arrests the group. Kayla and her friends Mfumbe and August are the only ones now. And Kayla has a vision. A vision that the bar code rebels will stand against the government. A Bar Code Rebellion.

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sapphicatthedisco
Nov 21, 2013

Violence: violence

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b_xy_p
Feb 21, 2011

She looked up at Mfumbe. "All right. I think we can do this," she said. "I'll go back. I've seen a vision and I see us winning. Its worth risking everything."

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