My rating: 3 of 5 stars
While I agree that Bar Code Tattoo isn’t as good as Feed by MT Anderson, it was an intriguing read. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be branded in such a way that all moves, and purchases are tracked, and the government (controlled by a private corporation) includes genetic code records in the each person’s file. The effects of which is those people who are genetically unfavorable lose their jobs, their homes, and are essentially killed off. This is discrimination on another level.
One secondary character, Mfumbe, was pressured by his parents to get the bar code tattoo because of his genetic code. They argued that African-Americans have been discriminated against for so long, the fact that they are more genetically stable works to their advantage for the first time. Mfumbe, despite his parents’ insistance, refused. I can appreciate his parents’ position, but I also appreciate that Mfumbe didn’t sway from his beliefs because the greater good lay elsewhere.
I’m going to say it was worth the read and I’m curious about the conclusion of the story in The Bar Code Rebellion. Will the government and mob mentality prevail? Or will the resistance actually overthrow popular opinion?