October 22, 2011

Book Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Pledge (The Pledge #1)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: November 15th 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Received from Simon & Shuster's Galley Grab Program

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...

My Thoughts

I have mixed feelings about this book.
On the one hand its a really great story with an interesting new take on social standing and the question of class within our society. 
Its also a more realistic dystopian world than some others I have read.
But the romance between the two leads although interesting, is a little flat. 
And if I'm honest thats the main problem right there. 

The whole book just read flat for me.

Other than the prologue, which really did grab my attention and make me think this book was going to be a great read, I never really had any overly emotional ties to any of the characters or their storylines. 
There is also a lot of story that is never really explained properly and you're pretty much left to flounder within the plot holes.

I liked it, but it was just meh the whole way through sadly.
So only an almost 3 Star read :|

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