In a future North America, after a global war and global treaty for peace, a mark is given to every person when they turn the age of 13. Having this mark allows one to buy things, get a job, and other benefits of a citizen. Actually, most have the mark. There are some, called the dust who are markless and are not considered part of normal society. This book follows three kids who are caught between the government who wants them to have the mark and the dust who wants them to know the truth behind the secrets the government is hiding.
The story is exciting and action packed. It is a fast paced read and any tween or teen would like reading this book. The character development, although quick for some, still gives the reader enough about each of the main characters to help know them better. I did enjoy reading this!
I do have to add that, although this is intended for young teens, I simply cannot get past the fact that the dialog between the 12 and 13 year old's seems off. As I am reading this I feel that I am reading dialog from 18, 19, and 20 year old's. My opinion would be that the age of these characters should have been set to that age vs. 12 and 13, which if done so would make this story that much more believable. I simply do not know too many teens that talk like the characters in this book do.
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