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Book review: 'Bar Code Prophecy' brings closure for fans despite shaky plot

By Shelby Scoffield

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Dec. 3 2012 11:39 a.m. MST

"THE BAR CODE PROPHECY," by Suzanne Weyn, Scholastic Press, $17.99, 202 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)

“The Bar Code Prophecy” by Suzanne Weyn is the third book in the Bar Code series. Even though it is placed in a dystopian society, it is a farfetched book that is devoid of a solid plot. Despite this major setback, “The Bar Code Prophecy” is a noble attempt at young adult fiction.

Just like the other two books in the series “The Bar Code Prophecy” takes place in the year 2025. Readers are introduced to Grace, a new character in the series, who is anxiously awaiting her 17th birthday so she can get her barcode tattoo. Encoded with her genetic material, Grace will now wear all her personal information on her wrist. The tattoo is said to make life easier and more succinct.

Grace’s friend Eric encourages her not to get the tattoo. He states that is it is dangerous and risky. Grace does not listen to Eric and as soon as she gets the “too” her life is turned upside down. Her parents go missing and the police are swarming around her neighborhood.

Grace eventually learns of a prophecy that can destroy the world forever. She learns she has an essential role in making sure this doesn’t happen.

Fans of the first two “Bar Code” books will find that Grace is an awkward character that is not as easily liked as Kayla. Where Kayla was strong-willed and motivated, Grace seems weak and useless as she tries to save the world.

The character flaws can be overlooked, because the barcode tattoo is an interesting concept that is both peculiar and unique. The fact that we can be tagged or labeled is an idea that many people today are familiar with.

“The Bar Code Prophecy” is a family friendly book. It has no inappropriate language or innuendo.

All in all, “The Bar Code Prophecy” is a book that fans of the series will want to read for closure in the series.

Shelby Scoffield has a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and a master's in rhetoric and composition from Stanislaus State University. She is currently working on her teaching credentials so she can teach high school English.

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