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  1. Rash
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  2. Rash

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Consumption of alcohol: Illegal.

Football and other "violent" sports: Illegal.

Ownership of guns, chain saws, and/or large dogs: Illegal.

Body piercings, tattoos: Illegal.

It's late in the twenty-first century, and the United Safer States of America (USSA) has become a nation obsessed with safety. For Bo Marsten, a teenager who grew up in the USSA, it's all good. He knows the harsh laws were created to protect the people. But when Bo's temper flares out of control and he's sentenced to three years of manual labor, he's not so down with the law anymore.

Bo's forced to live and work in a factory in the Canadian tundra. The warden running the place is totally out of his mind, and cares little for his inmates' safety. Bo will have to decide what's worse: a society that locks people up for road rage, or a prison where the wrong move could make you polar bear food.

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Pete Hautman
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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

It's late into the 21st century, and USA is now the USSA: United Safer States of America. Multiple laws have been passed to increase life span and safety. Personal protective equipment is required for most activities, and french fries are illegal. The USSA mostly churns out citizens who are overly cautious and fearful. However, a quarter of the citizens are serving time for violating the rules of this safe society, creating a large free workforce for corporate USSA. Prospects don't look all that great for Bo Marsten, with 5 members of his family doing time for various offenses.

Initially, Bo blames his temper on his father, who is serving time for a road-rage incident shelling shrimp in Louisiana. Bo's attitude about his anger is somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Although it seems that you can get sent up for other offenses against yourself or others, like overeating. Once that happens, the safety rules of society no longer apply in the penal colonies... Read more
The book Rash is very interesting as it takes us into the future. In the future, Bo Martsen, the main character starts out running a track meet for school. He then is blamed for causing a rash by the health department. He is then sent to Canada to work for the pizza company know as McDOnalds.

He then discovers the game of football, bears, and wondering how to get home. Football was illegal in the future, which most people would disagree today. Bears were all over the place in Canada. In the beginning he was acting all stubborn, and then realizes how he needs to treat others with respect.

His family were somewhat interesting. Bo's grandfather is as almost as stubborn as Bo while Bo's mother cares for Bo's family. His other family members were sent to jail early in the book.

The author describes the story very well. I would recommend this book for teenagers and over for language and action. There are alot of good things in the story Rash.
This book is absolutely one of the best stories I have ever read. Set in a time where we are no longer the USA, but the USSA (kind of a huge parallel there) Second S stands for Safer. Here, Alcohol is illegal, as is football, running without elbow and knee pads, and pretty much ANYTHING that has the slightest potential to harm someone in anyway.
I used parts of this story as a reference for one of my papers in college as well and my professor loved it!
I absolutely adored the characters and Pete Hautman does a great job at grabbing the reader in. 100% recommend.
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