YA Book Review: The Bar Code Tattoo



Title: The Bar Code Tattoo ( Bar Code # 1 )

Author: Suzanne Weyn

Published:  2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks

Type: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

Source: A Book Mooch Trade

Paperback, 256 pages


Individuality vs. Conformity

Identity vs. Access

Freedom vs. Control

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.


My Review: I read about this book Threw Goodreads and thought it sounded really interesting. The story isn’t that far life to this reality of technology. most of everything that happens in this book could still possibly happened, shoot some things already happened.

It’s a great read to help prepare for the future. The book isn’t to far off in the future, the year is 2025. it is short of a dystopian read, which i loved about cause dystopians are my favorite reads.

A lot of people have the Bar Code Tattoo. The Bar Code is the new way to live. it has all you money and life in the bar code. They say you have the choice but soon Kayla finds out you don;t have a choice and you’re one stop closer in being controlled into slaves. Global-1 controls you, they have all your data.

Kayla is betrayed by who she thought was her boyfriend. She discovers that he work’s for them and has been tricking her to get the Bar Code. Kayla is on the run after her house goes up in flames and they blame her for her mothers death.

Lay;a falls in life with the only person she could trust a person who has been her friend. they start heading towards the resisters up in the mountains towards Canada.

I liked the whole concept of the story how close it was to reality, but still fictional. The story is just so close to reality Suzanne weyn really hit the mark on this one. i am huge in the what-ifs of things that could happened. now there are parts that are fictional, like Kayla having some kind of psychic ability seeing flashes of the futures  and other things.

it is a short read but a really funny stand-alone book. i read this book in a heartbeat. i wanted to know more about each characters in this book. i didn’t really liked the cover thought it was really boring. i didn’t really understood why she had the bar code on the cover because in the book she doesn’t get the bar code.

the ending left me confused and i hope the 2nd book is better to be honest. i just thought more towards the end the book was rushed and i couldn’t really grab on whats going on.

Overall: A fun read for all ages. could of been a little longer and not rushed. but i still recommend to any dystopian reader.


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