The Pledge – Kimberly Derting

 TITLE: The Pledge

AUTHOR: Kimberly Dertin

SUMMARY: In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place-looking 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 Publisher

REVIEW: This is the first dystopian book I have read since falling in love with “The Hunger Games” trilogy.  I love this genre of books and am looking forward to diving more into authors and series that fall into this category/genre.

I have read other books by Derting, in fact her series “The Body Finder Novels” is one of my favorites so it wasn’t a hard choice to pick up this book and read.  While I loved her other books I can’t say that “The Pledge” was my favorite.  I thought it had a lot going for it, but with certain aspects I felt like it fell a bit flat.  Maybe if it was part of a series/novels it would be different.  It all flowed well; the plot was intriguing (even if a bit predictable) and I liked the concept of it, I just wish that she expanded and beefed up portions of the book.  At times I wanted a bit more detail, a bit more conflict between characters & internal and by doing that as a reader I would’ve been pulled into the world even more.

The pace kept going and Derting tossed in bits and pieces of puzzle pieces to keep things moving and interesting. I appreciated that even if we had figured a lot out she still did a nice way of not laying all her cards on the table.

While this isn’t my favorite of hers’ I did enjoy and would recommend for those that like dystopian, if only to get you hooked on her other series.

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