In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your placelooking 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. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she's never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom.... (From the Publisher).
Mrs. Lassley's Review
As I was reading this book, I found it hard to follow in the beginning. Although it did tell me when it changed character points of view, I sit struggled to get into the plot. But about halfway through it, I found myself complete absord in Charlie's life and her struggles. Although I have no idea why she has such a strong love/hate relationship with Max, I am turning the page to see if they ever resolve the underlying problem...lack of trust. With a sequel already in the making, I can see my students, especially my girls, running through this book. I give it a 4/5 stars.