Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Fantasy
Rating: YA 14+
Kimberly Derting did it with the fabulous Body Finder series, and now she has done it again! I thoroughly enjoyed The Pledge just as much as her other books, if not more. What I really love is how The Pledge is so different from all the other Dystopian novels out there right now, and has such a strong and clever premise (which is very hard to accomplish!). Fast-paced, with surprises at every corner, and a thrilling romance to die for, I finished it in one go... it left me yearning for so much more. In The Pledge, I see a very promising beginning for a great Dystopian trilogy that quite possibly, only Derting could pull off.
As I said before, the idea behind this Dystopian novel really is just so brilliant. Derting portrays a futuristic world that is completely segregated by language. It is, in a way, just a more dramatic image of our world today, which is what made this book so effective and scary.
I also noticed that Charlie, the main character in The Pledge, is a much stronger character and has more of a definite personality than Violet, the main character in The Body Finder series. But, they both had their similarities too. Head-strong, with a stubborn, winner's attitude, Charlie is a totally rockin' rebel!
It could be possible (and I'm certainly hoping so!), that Kimberly Derting is getting better and better in each book. I mean, each Body Finder book was better than the last, and I also think that I enjoyed The Pledge just a teensy bit more than The Body Finder series. So I think I might be on to something... and if I'm right, we are all going to be in for such a treat!
I loved all of the other characters as well. Especially Max, who I think deserves the award for BEST BOYFRIEND EVER (alongside Jay from TBF). *sigh* I love everything about him. I love the way he would risk his life for Charlie... the selfless way he pledged to protect her. I also love the fact that there is a darkish and more dangerous side to him. Me want more!
I would highly recommend this book to everyone, and anyone. If you haven't read The Body Finder series, or The Pledge, it is quite possible that you have not yet experienced the true meaning of awesome.
5 Muffins - Positively Enticing!
If you like this, try:
Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie
Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver
Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern #1) by Shannon Hale
Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfield
Related Media: Kimberly Derting talks about The Pledge