Rash Of course without people like us Marstens there wouldn t be anybody to do the manual labor that makes this country run Without penal workers who would work the production lines or pick the melons

  • Title: Rash
  • Author: Pete Hautman
  • ISBN: 9780689868016
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rash

    Of course, without people like us Marstens, there wouldn t be anybody to do the manual labor that makes this country run Without penal workers, who would work the production lines, or pick the melons and peaches, or maintain the streets and parks and public lavatories Our economy depends on prison labor Without it everybody would have to work whether they wanted to Of course, without people like us Marstens, there wouldn t be anybody to do the manual labor that makes this country run Without penal workers, who would work the production lines, or pick the melons and peaches, or maintain the streets and parks and public lavatories Our economy depends on prison labor Without it everybody would have to work whether they wanted to or not In the late twenty first century Bo Marsten is unjustly accused of a causing a rash that plagues his entire high school He loses it, and as a result, he s sentenced to work in the Canadian tundra, at a pizza factory that s surrounded by hungry polar bears Bo finds prison life to be both boring and dangerous, but it s nothing compared to what happens when he starts playing on the factory s highly illegal football team In the meantime, Bork, an artificial intelligence that Bo created for a science project, tracks Bo down in prison Bork has spun out of control and seems to be operating on his own He offers to get Bo s sentence shortened, but can Bo trust him And now that Bo has been crushing skulls on the field, will he be able to go back to his old, highly regulated life Pete Hautman takes a satirical look at an antiseptic future in this darkly comic mystery adventure.

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    1. Amanda

      My immediate thought after finishing Rash Huh For it is a peculiar novel And I m still not entirely sure what to say about it I enjoyed it, but didn t love it However, I think its target audience would love it That audience is teen and preteen boys, and heaven aka Barnes and Noble knows there aren t enough books out there for them The novel is set in the not too distant future of the United States, which is now known as the USSA United Safer States of America In this dystopian lite future, anyth [...]

    2. Duffy Pratt

      In this dystopian satire, the USSA the extra S is for safety or socialism has criminalized most marginally unsafe activities For example, you must wear a helmet and pads to walk down the street This may seem silly, but it does not appear that law abiding citizens work And the government has eliminated its prison system Instead, it contracts out its prisoners to companies Thus, criminalizing behavior has become a good profit center for the government, and it can increase safety while securing a c [...]

    3. Amit Sarker

      Rash is a brilliant piece of literature written by Pete Hautman because it shows what happens in the future and also shows on the behavior of what really does happen in the future The book is really about a teenager boy named Bo who loves running He wants to set a school record for the 100 meter dash in sprinting but obviously has other problems Everything changed in the United States, even the name Now in 2050 present time it is called USSA Technology and all other health circumstances improved [...]

    4. Shannon

      Can you imagine a world where safety procedures rule literally Dropping fruit, failing to take medicine, and walking without a safety helmet is actually illegal is the late 21st century U.S.S.A The extra S stands for safety Not surprisingly, up to one third of adult citizens are in corporate owned prisons at any one point of time After all, someone has to do the dangerous jobs that keep the country and economy going Did you ever realize how dangerous it is to produce frozen pizzas Factories with [...]

    5. Boyd

      Welcome to the future a United States so safe that it s been renamed the USSA United Safe States of America Here everything from football to skateboarding to drinking has been banned Walking down the street requires protective pads and a safety helmet Everyone s safe and happy Or at least that s the theory Rash by Pete Hautman tells the story of Bo Marsten who doesn t exactly fit into this cowardly new world He causes a skin rash outbreak at his school and finds himself packaging pizza for McDon [...]

    6. Ana712

      In Rash by Pete Hautman, the main character, Bo, lives in the author s interesting perspective of late twenty first century America Being kind of a rebel, Bo spends most of his life running From being caught doing something robot controllers won t like, being in trouble with his family, being in trouble with his girlfriend, avoiding trouble he s already in and avoiding trouble he knows is yet to come He spends most of his life running, physically and metaphorically, and in a way, so do I I ve al [...]

    7. Dniemuth04

      The novel, RASH , By Pete Hautman is based on a fictional world in the future with safety being the top priority in society Laws and restrictions get out of hand and are taken way too far It gets to the point where you get thrown in jail just for being overweight The main character, Bo, is on Levor, which is a pill that gives him extra time to react to a dangerous situation For example, one of these situations would be verbally assaulting another human Bo calls Kahlos, the popular jerk of the sc [...]

    8. Nathan Togstad

      Bo was just a kid whose father and brother had anger problems He went to school and was a great track athlete He liked to work on his AI artificial intelligence whose name is Bork He had a few anger problems but was living a decent life with his mother and his grandfather One day when he was at track, he got in an argument with his worst enemy, Karlos In the future, slinging around a few hurtful words is a felony Bo had to go to court, but the judge was easy on him and gave him a warning The nex [...]

    9. Montana

      Rash is an amazing book that takes a look at the possible future of the United States and all the weird laws and procedures that people will enact for their own safety In the year 2070, the United Safer States of America now relies on its massive penal system for the bulk of its work force, public service and and even big corporations are paying the government to use inmates as factory workers The book follows Bo Marsten and his family that have a large history of violent tendency With extreme l [...]

    10. Jennifer Wardrip

      Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadTooPicture, if you will, life in the year 2076 You are living in The United Safer States of America and things such as obesity, verbal abuse, and dangerous activities are against the law The legal driving age is twenty six Even sports such as football are illegal Sports that are allowed are hindered due to all the safety gear the participants are required to wear This is the world that sixteen year old Bo Marsten inhabits Bo has inherited a bit of a temper fr [...]

    11. Austin Baehnman

      The book Rash by Pete Hautman is an exciting action filled book that I think would be fun for everyone to read I think this book is pretty good, but it wasn t what I expected What I was expecting was like a Hatchet type book, but what I got was a futuristic society that is crazy about safety When someone puts another person s life in danger they are sent to a work camp for a number of years This ties into the main character and his family because the men in the family are known for aggressive b [...]

    12. Easton Groskreutz

      PERSONAL RESPONSE I really enjoy reading Rash by Pete Hautman, because it deals with futuristic problems that seem like they won t be true I love books that find their own adventure and new ones in the middle of the book too This book takes place during a time that I now like, because Hautman added so many interesting laws in the future and the way the USSA teaches is pretty interesting too I love the fact football is a banned sport in the USSA USA but when the main character is playing football [...]

    13. Genna

      The book Rash is about a boy named Bo Marsten and it takes place in the year 2074.Bo comes from a long line of people in his family who have anger issues and Bo had already had fights with kids in his school Now Bo has started to spread a rash through the school Bo was forced to go to a prison in the tundra surrounded hungry polar bears where he was forced to make and eat pizza everyday A few months later Bo and his roommate Rhino became gold shirts and where apart of a illegal football team at [...]

    14. Mccalla

      I read the book Rash by Pete Hautman It was an interesting book about the future This book was written like it was present day, but what would be in the future for us Unlike other books that have flying cars and science fiction, it was a normal life just years later Obviously things were different but were realistic.The book takes place about one hundred years ahead of our time now So it calls our time the olden days The USSA is where Bo, the main character lives They are not aloud to do really [...]

    15. Raina

      TBCDThis is a dystopian sports story Bo is a 16 year old living in the USSA the United Safer States of America In the USSA, everything dangerous is illegal Football, french fries, aggressive languageBo is a runner on his high school track field team Runners in the USSA wear padding all over their bodies and run on a padded field As a result, the running times are much longer than what we are used to today Bo s running rival is also encroaching on Bo s girlfriend And when he is pushed too far, Bo [...]

    16. Drew V

      Rash The Guide to Finding YourselfIf you were not allowed to eat french fries, own large dogs, or even play your favorite sport how would you react If your favorite things were outlawed because they were deemed unsafe how would this change your life In the futuristic society that Bo Marsten lives in, this is the case for him These limiting laws can really affect a person a lot and for Bo, they do As society seems to be teaming up against him, Bo starts to question a lot of choices in his life Wh [...]

    17. Logan Erdmann

      I really like this book This book takes place in the future and is about a young man named Bo Marsten The country is run by the penile system and almost half of the population has served time The country uses the prisoners for free work and to produce products Bo s brother and father are both serving time so he remains at home with his mom and grandpa for a short period of time You can tell that Bo will serve time because of his temper.The main characters are Bo, the Marsten family, Rhino, Bork, [...]

    18. Luke Sands

      Rash is a futuristic dystopian science fiction novel that follows Bo Marsten and his artificial intelligence, Bork, through some very bad decisions Bo is a good kid but, he makes a fool of himself by getting into fights because he doesn t like Karlos At the start of the novel, Bo gets into multiple fights and gets put in jail or a work camp At the work camp Bo changes back into the well behaved kid in the beginning and makes pizza for McDonald s McDonalds owns the work camp Bo starts to move up [...]

    19. Jonathan

      This book starts out with a kid named Bo, he s driven to be the best at running but also has a very bad temper A tauting rival at school ends up pushing Bo to physically and verbally lash out at him which ends him up in jail The book takes place in the future and so you can pretty much go to jail for any kind of violence Luckily in jail a friend named bork who is a artificial intelligence that Bo was working on for a science project locates him in jail and acts as a lawyer to get him out of jail [...]

    20. Maranda

      Rash is placed in the United Safer States of America, where everything is safe and nothing is fun Though it s not so bad for those who grew up there as they have nothing to compare it with In the United States today people seem to be so dramatic worried about everything, this is a world where the government steps in and makes everything safe With that safety they lose their freedoms, among the now illegal is alcohol, football, forgetting to take your medication, etc.I instantly connected with th [...]

    21. Saam

      This book written by Pete Hautman was amazing I thought that the way the future was pictured by him could one day be true Half of the country s population were imprisoned and the country used the prisoners for free work I couldn t imagine how Bo felt when his father and his brother were in jail and he has a grandfather who drinks beer which was illegal Bo was a high school student and a runner He and Karlohs were both runners and enemies They both liked the same girl as well Bo was medicated so [...]

    22. Mark

      Wow that wasn t very impressive at all, but at least I m not reading 5 books at the same time any If you re going to write as teenager in the first person you a had better be good at it And Pete Hautman is no J.D Salinger His writing sounds like an adult trying to dumb it down and sound like a teenager it is unimpressive and downright insulting The book was largely predictable too His vision of the future comes off like an anti government militia s insane babbling In the year 2074, French fries [...]

    23. Karen Ball

      This one s great Bo Marsten lives in the USSA the United Safer States of America , where you have to wear a helmet to walk, calling someone names is a misdemeanor and being obese is a felony 20% of the population is imprisoned mostly due to breaking the safety laws , and the prisons have become corporate workfarms they provide the basic labor that gets things produced Bo s father and brother are both in prison, and Bo gets sent off to prison also seems there is a distinct family history of not b [...]

    24. Abby

      Anger management takes on a whole new meaning in this smart, funny teen novel set in a dystopian future USA renamed the USSA, for United Safer States of America where public safety concerns have replaced personal liberty Anything bad for you alcohol, cigarettes, junk food or dangerous contact sports, skateboarding has been outlawed And if you let your temper get the best of you, you might wind up in jail This is what happens to Bo Marsten, a teen who is sentenced to 3 years on a prison work farm [...]

    25. Eric

      WOW This is a futuristic book that takes place like in the 2053 s It s based on the USSA government USSA United States of Safer America going out of control with safety laws A large percentage of Americans are prison workers that run McDonald s manufacturing and supply company up north where they are told to train by running like there s A polar bear on your view spoiler ass hide spoiler Great read and would recommend as a good YA book view spoiler You might find yourself a bit annoyed at the en [...]

    26. Jeff

      To me this book was a cross between 1984 and The Hunger Games If you liked either of those books a lot there is a chance you will like this one a little It is a typical young adult book, it s not 1984 or The Hunger Games but it is entertaining I enjoyed the way the author explained the way society had become the way it had become and how now it is impossible to contemplate living the way the people in his book lived but changes happen little by little Not really a thought provoking masterpiece b [...]

    27. Benjamin Conrod

      Rash is an exciting book that portrays a somewhat realistic future for life on earth as we know it I enjoyed Pete Hautman s demonstration of advanced technology I also agreed with his description of a future government that controls everything I think that the author showed a brilliant display of numerous rules of a society where everything is safe This book is didn t appear to be dystopian, though it was set in a future society I liked how the book included accurate details of prison life, as w [...]

    28. Irvington Public Library Teens

      Such an amazing topic The controversy of the situation our protagonist is in is spectacular It s definitely a great book to spur group discussion, and it will not only have connection to current events but also to other literature The book is specific on what can be considered classic American sports, and emphasizes the freedom of danger If you re just looking to enjoy a good book, the book is of a 3 stars eddyk, Teen Reviewer

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