Mar 18, 2012

Review: Kimberly Derting - The Pledge

Kimberly Derting - The Pledge

• Pub Date: November 15, 2011
• Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
• Format: Hardcover, 336pp
• Age Range: Young Adult

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.

This novel took at least 150 pages for me to really get sucked in. I read it quickly after that, but it did take a while. I'm certainly glad I read it, and I can't wait until the sequel, but it was a bit of a rough road.

I felt like parts of this book were pieced together in a weird way. This book didn't flow right to me. Even from paragraph to paragraph, not just chapter to chapter. And the word 'but' was in just about every chapter. I was getting really tired of it. Plus, I felt like the rules changed along the lines of the story, Charlie's sister specifically. Some of the surprises along the way shocked me while some where predictable. Lastly, the solution to this novel didn't feel like the main problem. The last few pages really only solve the problem Charlie started having in the middle of the book. I guess it will make sense for the series overall, but still. Oh well.

Overall though I enjoyed this novel. It's a quick read once the excitement starts going down. It's hard not to compare this to Derting's lighter YA series, The Body Finder. When I do compare, I find that I like TBF series better, but I have hopes for this series as well. It's nice to see a different side of Derting. Her characters are always likable and redeemable. I know a lot of people have been entertained by this book, so I hope everyone who hasn't read it yet also loves it.

Bottom line: If you like dystopia with a paranormal twist, definitely check this one out.


1 comment:

  1. This review is spot-on, Mickey. While I did really end up liking The Pledge, I also was not hooked right away, and I think I had a very difficult time connecting with Charlie. I liked the love interest and her friend, Brooke, more than I liked her. I agree with the issues you had with it because those were mine, too. For me, the end was VERY weird and unsettling, not to mention, unsatisfying. But I am excited for the sequel/s, to see where Derting takes the characters.

    I REALLY want to read her Body Finder series soon! I think I'll like that one better.


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