Friday, March 9, 2012

The Pledge Review

Product Description from Goodreads:

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.

Hardcover, 323 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
1442422017 (ISBN13: 9781442422018)
edition language
original title
The Pledge
My Review:
  Let me start off by saying the book was not what I expected it to be. I decided on a whim to buy The Pledge at my local Barnes and Nobles. When I got home and cracked it open, I could not put it down. I was completely immersed. The Pledge is a dystopian novel that spun a tale of queens, supernatural powers, and romance basically all the things you would hope for in a book. In a world full of vampires and werewolves, the plot was a refreshing change. I can honestly say that days later I' am still thinking about it and wanting to know what will happen next.
  I loved the writing that readers see in The Pledge. It was extremely relatable; the whole time it felt as if your friend was speaking to you. The writing focuses on detail and every word has meaning. The plot was very easy to follow; there were a few twist and turns here and there, but nothing major. I loved the characters, especially Angelina. I love the minor characters whose role turns out to be more than you expect.
  Kimberly Derting defiantly has a hit with The Pledge. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and cannot wait for the sequel. I recommend this book for all YA readers.
My Rating: 5 stars

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