Monday, February 6, 2012
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Release Date: November 15th, 2011
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.
I absolutely adored this book! Ms. Derting's writing was great and the story plot was very creative! I was impressed about how she decided to go from supernatural-ish to dystopian, and I just loved it. All of it!
The main character, Charlie was very interesting. Yes, that's how I would describe her! She was smart and understanding. Knowing what to do when something needed to be done. Although, she did get on my nerves sometimes, with her trust-issues with Max. I mean, yes, don't trust anyone you know don't really know, but, girl, that boy is fighting for you! Max. Max. Max. One of the most swoon-worthy YA boy, I've ever read about! He was so incredibly sweet and I just loved him!
The Pledge had a lot of surprises, even though some of them could be figured out. I've read The Body Finder series, but when I shut The Pledge, after finishing it, I completely forgot that it was the same author! The sequel comes out in January next year, and I find that a bit too far, considering it being released in November last year.
I think everyone who loved Ms. Derting's The Body Finder series should give The Pledge a shot, because it's definitely worth reading. I loved it!