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.
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By Michelle Moore on 09-04-13
Kimberley Derting is well known for her Body Finder series, but in her next series she brings something very different. The Pledge is a YA fantasy series, in a dystopian land controlled by female queens.
There is a very strict class system, with each class having it’s own language. To look at someone in a higher class when they are using their own language can result in death. Charlaina has a special ‘gift’ which means that she can understand every language, something she obviously has to be very careful to keep hidden.
In addition to this, there’s a magical element. The ruling queen has actually reigned for many hundreds of years, each time persuading a daughter to accept her soul. This has now come to an end, as there are no daughters, and male heirs mean nothing, and cannot inherit.
Charlaina’s life appears normal when we first meet her, apart from her ability – she has friends, attends school, puts up with bullying and helps her parents. This all begins to change when she’s taken to an underground club by her friend, and when she overhears Max, who speaks a language she’s never heard before.
From here, things soon change, and Kimberley has produced a fast paced story full of surprises. There’s a gentle romance story, but also some powerful scenes of war as things break down.
For me, the star of the book is Charlaina’s young sister, Angelina, as she’s just adorable.. and the relationship between the two sisters is powerful and heart-warming. It’s suggested that she’ll play a bigger role in the second book, so I’m hoping.
The story is complete in itself, but it’s also the first part in a trilogy – there’s a slightly darker feel towards the end of the book, and Kimberley has said there’s more darkness to come. The only thing I really struggled with was the combination of dystopia and magic, because they are two genres I’ve not seen together. The magical element is however necessary for the story progression, and I think it’ll seem much more natural by book two.
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By Amazon Customer on 16-01-12
It was ok, more like three and a half stars than four. Didn't realize it was going to be a trilogy... probably would not have started it. The ending was good enough that if I don't get back around to the next two I won't be wondering what happened to who or what or whatever. I think I will check reviews before deciding whether to continue on or not.
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By Andrew on 10-02-13
A Good Dystopian Read
What did you love best about The Pledge?
The authors large vocabulary.
What other book might you compare The Pledge to and why?
The Selection. Mostly because of its plot. It takes place in a kingdom that has a caste system.
Which scene was your favorite?
I liked every scene that involved the baby sister. The author and reader made the little girl seem cute and adoring.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not at first, but eventually yes.
Any additional comments?
I was reluctant to buy this audio book because its seemed kind of far out. It actually wasn't. It was very enjoyable after the first 30 minutes. The first half hour was confusing and boring. I had to re listen to it about 5 times just to understand what was going on. After the rough start, the book blossomed into a wonderful book.
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