REVIEW: The Pleadge by Kimberly Derting

Genre: YA Science Fiction, Dystopia
Paperback: 336 pages


In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression results in immediate execution. 17-year old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is in the underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before ...and her secret is almost exposed. Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

I found this to be a thrilling read, a real page turner. This is the first novel I've read from Derting and I loved it. The setting and the corrupt morals of the social class system being a dictatorship appealed to my curiosity especially when magic is involved but it didnt dominate the story. I am a sucker like I mentioned before for sweet romance stories and The Pledge has it all: action, adventure, fantasy a romance between a heroin and a hero, magic and an awesome plot that keeps you guessing. 
   All the characters were well developed although I was annoyed by Charlaina's supposed friend Brooklynn she always appeared vain or jealous of Charlie unable to be fully happy if the attention wasn't aimed her way. But I'll let you lot as readers establish your own opinion!

Unfortunately we have to wait until January 1st 2013 for the second book The Essence in The Pledge Trilogy
gutting I KNOW!

Rated: * * * * * 5 stars 

Would I read it again: Absolutely
Would I recommend it: YES!!!!!!

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