Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Pledge

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)Title: The Pledge
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry / Allison & Busby

Overview (US version)

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.

(UK Version)

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)Words are the most dangerous weapon of all.

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.

Review

The Pledge is a book that is unique and different. Although I haven't read other books by Kimberly Derting, I have been told that this is better than the rest. The Pledge is a wonderful and intriguing story which had me hooked from the start. I love the characters, Charlaina (Charlie) and her younger sister, Angelina. You've got to love all the aspects that make up this great book, right down to the system divided by language. Even the country's name is interesting. And what else are we missing...? Oh, right! The beautiful and mysterious boy, Max, whom she meets at a club.

We learn more of Max as we dive deeper into the book while Charlie struggles to hide her ability against Max. But Max is smart enough and pays attention to her more than she knows of, will Charlie ever divulge her secrets to him? And most importantly, what will happen when she discovers that he is someone special? Will they form aliances against the queen? And what of Xander, the opposing rival of Max?

At last, we come to a closing of the first book with a happy resolution...but WAIT...what's this? An epilogue? Oh no, no, no, no, no ,no, now were left with a cliffhanger!!! And all we have to do is wait for the next book titled The Essence

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