Title: The Pledge
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry – Simon & Schuster, Inc
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Ebook – PulseIt
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 in their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all the 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 loyalties lie. As the emergency drills become real emergencies and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance of freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.
When I first heard about the book, I wasn’t really taking in the fact that this author is the same one who wrote The Body Finder series. I also didn’t really like the cover at first glance (although it has grown on me), and so pretty much made an assumption that it wouldn’t interest me at all. So when I read all these great reviews, and PulseIt opened it for reading on their eReader, I decided to try it. My assumption was dead wrong. From prologue to epilogue, there was non-stop action, intrigue, and mystery. The entire dystopian society was intriguing – it wasn’t your every-day totatitarian, utopia-gone-wrong. This book combined fantasy, medieval, and sci-fi elements to create a fascinating fictional world.
Charlie’s character was great. I love her personality, the inner strength that she doesn’t really know she has, and how she is sure of herself, even though she is not a very outgoing character. She’s not perfect, she’s believable, and I love how every step of the way I wasn’t even thinking about what she should be doing – I was just rooting for her the entire time. I loved the surrounding characters, like her little sister Angelina, Max, Xander, even Eden and Max’s friends. The secondary characters emphasized the conflict and the entire society’s issues. Even Sydney had a specific role to play in order to make the book feel whole.
And the romance in the book? Let’s just say that even though Charlie has a difficult time trusting people, especially with the entire society/language/secret ability thing. And then she’s thrown into the middle of a revolution! Kind of puts a damper on physical attraction. However, I love her boyfriend, and the epilogue is amazing. Cliffhanger, settles the romance, just a great ending altogether! Although I wish that there was a little more between the last chapter and epilogue, or that there were two epilogues to give more details as to how they got there:
such as the coronation, wedding, etc
END OF SPOILER!!
Basically,the idea was VERY creative, I love the book, and I really, REALLY need there to be a sequel soon!