Monday, June 25, 2012

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

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.

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