A Bookanista Review of THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting
I read the book! And I am glad I did.
But, before I tell you my thoughts, here are the other Bookanista reviews this week:
- Carolina Valdez Miller celebrates 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma
- Carrie Harris awakens you to INSOMNIA by Jenn Johansson…with giveaway
- Christine Fonseca praises THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting
- Corrine Jackson is wild for WHEN IT HAPPENS by Susane Colasanti
- Elana Johson invites you to her ABANDON release par-tay!
- Katy Upperman is bewitched by NANTUCKET BLUE by Leila Howland
- Lenore Appelhans swoons for STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood…with an annotated snippet
- Stasia Ward Kehoe is wild for THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky
- Tracey Neithercott highlights WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller
- Tracy Banghart raves over JUMP WHEN READY by David Pandolfe
On to my Bookanista Shout out for THE PLEDGE by Kimberly Derting:
Why I liked it: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.Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder series, writes powerfully and movingly of a girl with dangerous powers in an unusual and expertly crafted setting.
The Pledge has all of the familiar elements of a dystopian story. But, as the book progresses, she manages to bring a freshness to the story that I enjoyed. The romantic elements are sweet and believable, the main character is tough and strong, and the world building good. All in all, I enjoyed this new side to Kimberly Dertig's storytelling. I'm glad I finally read the book!
What are you guys reading these days?