Review : The Pledge, Kimberly Derting

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

November 15th, 2011  (US)
Simon & Schuster


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.

My review

I love Kimberly Derting The Body Finder’s series so I was looking forward to read her new series The Pledge. Moreover, it seems to be a dystopian novel with an intriguing plot.

Three quarters of the book are excellent with a plot that takes breath away, a heroine with a secret to hide, some tension and some magic, a cruel queen … This story is a kind of fairy tale. Charlie is 16 and has a little sister, Angelina, she must protect her at all costs. It still touches me the relationship that can exist between two sisters, like in Hunger Games or in Blood Red Road, it’s always very cute.

Of course, there is a love story with Max, a mysterious boy who also seems to hide the truth about his identity … The men in Kimberly Derting’s novels are still nice, cute, soft, and are head over heels over their girls. It’s a kind of brand for this author!

Charlie’s universe, with the separation between social classes and between languages, is simply fascinating and very well developed by the author. The reader seems to enter inside the story while reading.

Unfortunately, the end is wasted by a settlement too quick and too simplistic. I really hope that there will be a sequel that will develop some topics begun in the end of this first book.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Missy
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 09:10:02

    I really waited your review because I want read this book. But i’m not pressed now^^. Because I’m little desappointed, mainly with my angry mood of time. 😉


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