Monday, November 28, 2011

Review: The Pledge - Kimberly Derting

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 4.5 stars (The only thing I don't like is the faint PLEDGE covering the whole front. It doesn't do anything for me.)  
Genre: Young Adult 
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Page Count: 323 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Charlie has always been able to understand any language she encounters. This has made life very hard for her in Ludania, were language separates the classes. One must look away when someone of a higher class speaks in their language, and it's not always easy for Charlie to tell when they switch. In the clubs though, she doesn't have to worry, because class doesn't matter, no one pays attention to the rules. It makes it easier for Charlie and keeps her from having to tell her best friend Brook her secret. When Brook and Charlie head to a new club, Charlie meets Max and his friends. They speak a language she has never heard before which piques her curiosity. She's heard all the languages in Ludania, hasn't she? Before she can figure it out though, Charlie's world starts to turn upside down. What used to be test drills, turn into attacks on the city from the underground Resistance. Hiding from the bombs underground, Charlie learns the other side of a lot of people, and she has to puzzle out who she can trust and who is right. There's also very little time for her to figure out what her role is amid the chaos.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was a bit slower in the beginning than Kimberly Derting's Body Finder series, but still really enjoyable. Charlie was an interesting character, very strong, but completely content to play by the rules. It's especially hard for Charlie, because of her gift. She had to constantly know when people are speaking in their class tongue, versus when they were speaking to her. Charlie's sister, Angelina, was darling to. It was interesting that she didn't speak and through Charlie's gift, or just sisterly connection, Charlie could understand every tiny gesture for what it meant. There's not too much to say about this book, that doesn't give away a lot of very interesting discoveries. The Queen was wretched, as one would imagine her to be. I really like the first chapter with the Queen. The way the Queen inhabits another is very interesting, so it was great that it was presented right from the beginning. I very much look forward to the next novel in this series. I was glad that this one was all closed up like Kimberly does so well. It's always nice to have a series leave you wanting more, not needing more just to finish the story. Definitely check this one out, it's one you shouldn't miss if you're a fan of Kimberly Derting's other novels. 

First Line:
"The air crackled like a gathering thunderstorm the moment the girl entered the chamber."

Favorite Line:
"Cushions had been sliced apart and were bleeding stuffing onto the floor."

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