"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, originally started by Jill at Breaking the Spine , that highlights upcoming book releases everyone is waiting on...hence the title. This week's pick is XVI by Julia Karr. Here is the Goodreads description:
"Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world -- even the most predatory of men -- that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past -- one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer."
I'm really loving all the dystopian novels that are coming out and I think this one sounds really interesting. I'm curious/horrified about the idea of a government that would brand 16 year old girls to advertise to the world that they are ready for sex. I've definitely added this to my wish list and the good news is, there isn't much longer to wait as it's published on 6th January, 2011. AND do you realise you can actually read chapter one here. YAY. What are you waiting on?