Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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. - Goodreads.com

This was so much different than anything I had been expecting.  I love Kimberly Derting and I had been reading her Desires series since the beginning.  So this story was a lot different from anything else I'd grown to expect from her.  But with The Pledge, she proves that she is an incredibly versatile writer...able to go from a suspense, paranormal type story straight into a dystopian.  I love it.

Charlie was a very well-crafted character that I loved immediately.  She knew what was important, knew that her gift could get her family into serious trouble, and she knew that she needed to keep that gift under wraps.  Her attraction to Max was so believable.  Who wouldn't be attracted to Max?  I loved him from the beginning.  Also a well-crafted character.  Which hits upon another thing I love about Derting's writing....

She knows how to craft a character.  I have to say that I really felt like I knew all of her characters.  A lot of the time you read a story, you love a few of the characters and the others you could take or leave.  In this story, all of the characters mattered, and I loved them all.  Well, except for the bad guys.  I didn't love them.

This was such a unique story amid all the other dystopians that are coming out.  It wasn't unbelievable... I could see how it could occur over time given the right circumstances.  In this story too, though, is another small touch of the paranormal that I'm looking forward to seeing more of. 

Not surprisingly, a fabulous new series by this author.  I am so looking forward to the next in the series!

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