Rash by Pete Hautman

Genre: Fantasy

Age Level: 14 and up

# of Pages: 249 p.

RAC Book: Yes

Bo Marsten tells this story from the late 21st century. In this world the USA is now called the USSA and people are monitored closely so that any false move can result in swift incarceration to a work camp. Almost a third of all adults get incarcerated at one time or another due to the stringent rules that have been put in place by the new government. Bo’s father and brother are already at different work camps working off time they have accrued through incidents stemming from their hot tempers. Bo follows suit when he is blamed for spreading a rash around the school. A subsequent public outburst leads him to a work camp of his own.

Once at the work camp he realizes that it would be better for him to become a Gold Shirt, which is the elite group that only has to work eight hours a day and has a lot more options for meals. The Gold Shirts put him through a bizarre tryout and he makes it. He quickly realizes that life as a Gold Shirt is not as simple as he had previously thought. He starts to fear for his safety when it becomes apparent that no one cares if any of them survive their sentences in order to be released.

Bo’s story is very well detailed in how this society is set up and functions on a daily basis. For example, safety regulations are much stricter than we know them to be today. Many activities like riding horses or playing football are against the law entirely. The idea of people working for corporations as punishment for their discretions, varying by degree of severity by quite a bit, makes an interesting tale about how everyone must learn to survive in this society. Students who enjoy futuristic type stories will find this one unique and interesting as they follow Bo’s struggle against the inevitable.

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9 Responses to “Rash by Pete Hautman”


  1. 1 Cordell October 4, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Fantastic review! great!

  2. 2 andres jara January 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    awesome review thanks a lot you saved my grade ha ha

  3. 3 tanner.eggers@yahoo.com May 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I thought this was a great story and the review was fantastic!

  4. 4 Bloo January 11, 2012 at 1:01 am

    ah! thank you! i needed to refresh my mind about this book, but you left Bork out of the review! 🙂

  5. 5 Lakin February 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I think this was the worst book i have ever read. Dont read it!

  6. 7 Som September 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I loved it!!! I’m a sophomore in high school and I’ve never been much of a reader. In fact the last time I finished a book was probably back in elementary school. My teacher made us go to the library to pick out an independent reading book. The cover caught my attention so I read the summary on the back. I was hooked after reading 10 pages and ended up reading alot of it on my own time keep in mind this wasn’t even for an actual grade!!!

  7. 8 steven December 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    well i read it. it was great!!!!!!. i loved it after the first couple of pages i was hooked and couldnt stop reading. the book took me about four hours to read i was really in to it so if anyones out there and wants a good read this is the book for you.

  8. 9 steven December 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    it was so good i have to leave another reply for thid book so READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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