The Pledge Review ✓ 107

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The Pledge Review ✓ 107 Æ 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 aSses 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. The Pledge is Kimberly Derting’s latest book It’s a dystopia Democracy has fallen Nations are ruled by matrilineal ueens In Charlaina’s society citizens are divided and stratified by language Englaise is the common language spoken by all classes Each class has their own language as well so for example the vendor class speaks Pashon Charlaina Charlie for short can understand every language even though it is against the law One is not supposed to acknowledge or look up when another speaks a different language Tension is rising within the state and outside resistance forces threaten to overwhelm the kingdom Will Charlie’s secret come outRead the rest of my review here

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Is almost exposedCharlie 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 regim. I wasn't all that impressed with THE BODY FINDER and I was pretty hesitant when THE PLEDGE showed up on my doorstep I wasn't sure Kimberly Derting deserved another chance If I didn't like her first novel what were the odds I'd like the first book in a totally different genre How big were the chances I'd find the experience of reading her third novel like I did her first and give up on her in general Thankfully that wasn't the case I'm glad I did end up giving it a chance because it wasn't anything like THE BODY FINDER frankly it was better creative and engrossingIn the beginning of the book I wasn't too sure I was going to like it The pacing was like the love child of a turtle and a snail and I wasn't really feeling any of the characters I didn't get a good grip on them didn't feel sympathy for them during crises and didn't care if they got hurt As the novel progressed however they were displayed a little in depth and I grew to love a few of them especially AngelinaThe pacing at the end is breakneck I found myself really engrossed in the story and I was sad when it ends I'm really glad Derting didn't stretch the story out and make it a series because it ended perfectly and frankly it wouldn't have worked as a series Everything is resolved wrapped up in a nice little package with a pretty little bowIf you didn't like THE BODY FINDER fear not because THE PLEDGE definitely steps it up a level You won't be disappointed

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The PledgeIn 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 cla. Kimberly Derting's The Pledge has a lot going for it it has an interesting and original concept fascinating albeit mostly lacking world building great writing that allows the novel to flow easily and makes for a uick read some interesting relationship dynamics and an explosive ending making way for an interesting seuel However that being said The Pledge also has a lot that is not going for it most prominently the characterization the predictability of the plot and last but certainly not least the romance each of which I guess you could say I deducted about a star or so for The characterization in The Pledge much like the world building is lacking for the most part We're never really given any depth into who the characters are and what they're like and because of that I never cared much for the characters and their struggles Each character was just their own little cardboard cutout there's Charlie the protagonist who is special and doesn't realize her beauty and power; there's Brooklynn the sexually promiscuous incredibly gorgeous and rebellious best friend whom our protagonist lives her sexual and really any other life through; there's Angelina the protagonist's cute innocent and loyal younger sister who doesn't speak considering I just finished Delirium and it was fresh in my mind that direct comparison was a bit too much to get over at first; and lastly Max the mysterious love interest to Charlie who has secrets and is broody and overall just a 'meh' at best characterThe predictability of The Pledge's plot wasn't as big as an issue for me as I expected it to be because while I did have most of the story and plot twists sorted out by the very beginning though there were one or two twists to surprise me it wasn't as detractive of an element to my enjoyment in The Pledge as the characterization or lack thereof or the romance which I will get to next were While the predictability of the central plot in The Pledge was not a huge issue for me as I still enjoyed the story it was a bit frustrating at times and I would have liked the plot to have taken surprising turns so the least I could do was detract5 stars from my final rating for that The romance in The Pledge is without a doubt the most detractive element to my enjoyment overall The romance between Max and Charlie was as rapidly escalating as unfortunately most romances in YA as of late Max is immediately 'intrigued by' come on I couldn't have been the only one who found it creepy when he said that Charlie and the same goes for Charlie towards Max Soon after they say a few words to each other a few people A few Charlie finds she can't take her mind off of Max and even thinks He frightened me just as much as he intrigued me It seems that comments exactly like that or at least similar to that have been running rampant in young adult novels lately and I really wish for it to stop Whatever anyone may think saying that the love interest frightens the protagonist as much as he intrigues her is not going to sell your romance nor does saying that the protagonist could 'feel his the love interest presence as surely as she could feel her own' just after knowing the love interest for two days It's not romantic it's not cute it's creepy and clingy and it needs to stop The romance detracted one star from my final rating and that's me being nice As a whole I definitely enjoyed The Pledge and look forward to seeing where the story could go in the second installment Derting definitely has talent and it shows clearly in her writing style I just wish that in The Essence the characters are provided with a bit character development and the romance takes a backseat because if there were character development and the romance were fleshed out and steadily developed in The Pledge it would have gotten at least four stars from me