Sunday, December 18, 2011

Book Review: The Pledge

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...

Goodreads: 4/5 stars

**ARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab

My review:

The Pledge was a fun read. Any story that weaves fantasy with reality (or, in this case, fantasy with post-apocalyptic/dystopian) is a win with me. The characters were likeable, and I also liked that various languages determined status. Definitely different from any plotline I’ve seen.

My only quibble about this book—and it’s not really a quibble at all—is how close it resembles one of my own; the main character is referred to by her male-ish nickname instead of her real name, the younger sibling doesn’t speak, fantasy elements in a post-apoc/dystopian setting, and a monarchy ruling the future world instead of a democracy or other form of power. Although the similarities freaked me out, I overlooked them and immersed myself in a wonderful story.

Recommended for the post-apoc/dystopian/fantasy fans.

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