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(out of 8 reviews)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
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Adult Written bygbeb March 24, 2011
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

Great Story. Lots to discuss. But, deal killers for our tween.

I loved this book. Doctorow creates a first person narrator whom I wanted to see succeed. But, he is seriously flawed. Doctorow clearly appreciates the complexity involved in standing up for what you believe. Sadly, he seems to imply that those who don't foersee the consequences of their actions are the only ones who will do so. I wanted both my kids to read this. It's perfect for my 15 y.o. son. But, the few pages of a naked teen couple would have made my 11 y.o. uncomfortable (the writing and the pacing were perfect for him). While there was little and light drinking, I was surprised at the ease of access to it. Some might be disturbed at the violence. I don't believe my kids would be.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bymoviemadness April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Brilliant Teen Book!

This book is a fascinating look at the world of technology. The book is set in modern America, but the DHS has taken over. People's rights are being compromised for "the good of the republic." A group of teens use technology to regain their freedom. There is some bad language, several violent or scary scenes, and some sexual content. The complicated plot of the book and some of the more mature references make this a better bet for teens 15+.
Parent of a 14 year old Written byGiniaGin March 16, 2011
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
I loved this book it was hard to put it down I would encourage all people 12+ to read it........and im 44 years old
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 2 and 7 year old Written byjandrewworld March 29, 2011
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

A how to book for sticking it to the man.

This is a complex book. First of all, if parents are looking at this book, they need to be aware of the the two scenes where the main character has sex and fools around. It is written very naturally and realistically but it isn't full of details or going into consequences. This book is about questioning authority. This shows it as a positive thing. The book was written as an outsider to the George W. Bush administration (The author is a Canadian ex-pat living in England.) He has created a hero who is a 16 year-old boy who is sent to a gitmo-esque prison and tortured. This leads him on a path of vengeance and in the end...well lets just say, it shows the consequence of being a rebel. I would recommend that a parent read this book with or before your child does so you can talk about the difference of being right and still being incorrect.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Parent of a 9, 13, and 16 year old Written byBooktress October 1, 2009
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educational value
Parent of a 5, 9, 11, and 14 year old Written byJamesRobertson January 4, 2009
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Parent of a 11, 15, and 18 year old Written byJulieKryger1970 January 5, 2009
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Adult Written byGaleStorm March 14, 2012
AGE
14
QUALITY
 

Smart roller-coaster of a teen read

Very well written dystopian fiction, with strong, smart characters and a great storyline. I throughly enjoyed this read. However, one sex scene and multiple makeout scenes make this book somewhat intense for less mature readers.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing