Thursday, July 18, 2013

THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting

Okay, so today I'm showing some dystopian love to THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting. I realize I'm way behind the times on this one -- but I did buy it when it came out! Sometimes books have a way of getting lost around my house. There's just so much to read, you know?

But you should definitely add THE PLEDGE to your list! Let's examine.


About THE PLEDGE: In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines your class, 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. The only reprieve from oppression is within the drug-filled underground club scene. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. As the violent clashes between the totalitarian monarchy and the rebel forces escalate, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible grip of a deadly regime.


I loved Charlie as a main character. Writing a character that has a secret and can't tell is hard--trust me, I've tried! It always seems like there are people who know, or the MC tells someone randomly. Well, that didn't happen here. Charlie has a secret -- she can understand languages -- and she doesn't tell. Shocking, I know.

I liked that about her. I also liked that she was more than she knew, but she actively sought to discover the answers. Along the way, she meets Max -- who is also so much more than he seems. I liked that we got to see things from his POV too. I'm finding more and more that I liked multiple POVs in books, as long as they're done well.

And Kimberly does them well in THE PLEDGE.

If you like a little bit of magic mixed in with a very cool society, you'll like THE PLEDGE. I liked that it was dystopian (because I love dystopian!), but I also felt a lot of fantasy vibes in the book. I really liked that genre mixing.

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6 comments:

Leann said...

I love this series. I have read and reviewed the first two books and they are well worth the read, and Kimberly Derting is a pretty cool author to meet also. Glad you enjoyed it.

Leann said...

I love this series. I have read and reviewed the first two books and they are well worth the read, and Kimberly Derting is a pretty cool author to meet also. Glad you enjoyed it.

Jemi Fraser said...

She's a talented author - not surprised she can pull this off! Off to check it out :)

Melody said...

I have to admit...this is probably the first time I've considered reading The Pledge. Honestly, I was probably judging the book by its cover. It seemed more vampire-ish than dystopian. After your review, I think I need to pick it up. Thanks! :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Love the cover. Sounds like an awesome premise, too!

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