Series: The Pledge #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on November 15th 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Paranormal, Romance
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In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-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 the drug-fueled 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 loved this book! Charlaina [Charlie for short] (love the name!) is a great character! She’s smart, feisty, strong, and caring. The way that she protects her little sister, Angelina, is a remarkable trait to have. This book kept me wanting to read more. There was action and mystery and history and a love story all in one. The dystopian aspect was great! I kept wanting to know why she knew other languages as her own, since she wasn’t part of the Rebellion, but I promise it all comes together at the end.
Max…mmm…what can I say about Max… How about: where can I get one of my own?! Max is attractive, mysterious, and sweet. He vows to protect Charlie even if it means him being in harm’s way or going against someone in his family. He’s so mysterious and keeps you wanting more.
Brooklynn. She reminds me of a few friends of mine. She definitely keeps you on your toes (in more than one way). All-in-all, I loved all the characters, even the evil Queen Sabara and the bitchy yet grateful Sydney.
If you’re a fan of dystopians or books with character and keeps you on your toes, you should definitely check this one out. I cannot wait until I can read the sequel to this book!
“Nothing’s going to happen to you,” Max interrupted, gripping my shoulders and forcing me to look at him. “Because you’re not going to do it. You’re going to tell her to go to hell!”
“I loved voices, I always had. Words held meaning, but voices held emotion.”
“Curiosity is an addictive drug.”