Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Amazon Description: "In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom…."

My Review: Can you say LOVE? Because I can! I absolutely loved this book! It is a dystopian, but a very realistic one (in my opinion), not chock-full of odd technology and strange creatures, etc. It also has an air of a fantasy book as well, a Graceling-esque feel, because of the kingdoms and the queens and class systems. It was very interesting and a quick, easy read, not confusing at all. I didn't really love any character too much, but I didn't really dislike any either. The plot was intriguing and I really was curious to know what happens next. It almost seemed like a fairytale-dystopian, which is new, so it was fresh and I liked that; even though dystopian books are good, some of them are getting tired. I also just loved the setting: the cities with their markets and taverns... It was just a unique setting, different from the usual post-apocalypse America/England/Whatever. All in all, a VERY good start to a new trilogy.

Cover: I LOVED this cover! It's so pretty! The girl is gorgeous and it's very mysterious, the way part of her face is covered by her hood or whatever that is. It just seems very smoky, dark, gorgeous...kind of like the book itself.

Overall Grade: A+

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