Review Of The Pledge

Friday, 22 August 2014
Book: The Pledge

Author: Kimberly Derting

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Dystopian

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

Review: I'm sure plenty of book people have heard about Kimberly Derting. Maybe it was her Body Finder series or her newest novel, The Taking who's sequel is entitled The Replaced. However, it seems that not a lot of people talk about this trilogy and that's a shame because it is BRILLIANT! 

The whole concept behind the book — your place in society is determined by the languages you speak — is so creative and refreshing. I don't know how in the world she came up with it, but I'm glad she did. And the fantasy elements blend in beautifully with the dystopian society.

The protagonist, Charlie is born with this ability to understand all of the languages, which made some of the parts funny since it is told in first person when we are following her and third person when we are following anyone else. You get to see what her actual reaction is when people of the upper class speak about her and her friends in their language and the best part is those people don't know that she possesses this ability.

The writing in this story was fantastic and even though the pacing was a little slow at first, it started to picked up as the novel went on. And that ending was written so perfectly and was paced really well to the point where I just could not put the book down. I definitely will be reading more of her works in the future.

Even though I didn't care too much for Max in the beginning, as the novel went on and we learned more and more about who he was, I started to like him as a character. On the other hand, I really liked Brooklyn and Angelina for two completely different reasons. Brooklyn was such a bad a** that I couldn't help but love how independent and awesome she was. Angelina was a different story. She was so sweet and small that I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her that everything was going to be okay.

Overall, definitely check this series out if you love dystopians and/or fantasy.

If you've read this book, leave your thoughts in the comments and if you haven't, tell me if you'll be picking this one up. See you all tomorrow for another post!

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