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Monday, December 5, 2011

The Pledge by Kimerbly Derting


The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)

Dystopian: 323 Pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: November 15th, 2011
Series: The Pledge(Book #1)
Source: For review
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website


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 couldn't wait to read this book after I first heard about it. Then all the hype started up and it just amplified by curiosity. I couldn't wait to devour it...Unfortunately, this book didn't quite do it for me.

I wanted to like this book...I wanted to love it. I really did. Everything about it sounded perfect to me, and the cover was dark and mysterious. But there was just something missing in this novel that was preventing me to give it my full attention.

No matter how hard I tried I couldn't get into it. I flew through the first 100 pages, but then after that, the book began to lull. I couldn't engage with the characters or the storyline. I was literally forcing myself to pick up the novel and keep reading. Now I know that may sound a bit harsh, but I am just trying to be honest. However, there were aspects of the book that I did like.

The Setting. I think Kimberly Derting did a wonderful job at her world building. Her setting was so well created that I could picture the dark, gray world that these characters lived in.

The introduction. It was the first 100 pages that I loved. The author introduced the storyline at a great pace, giving the reader just enough to want to keep reading.

The one thing that fell flat for me were the characters. I couldn't relate or bond with any of them. I couldn't connect with them, which is what I enjoy doing when reading a book. I enjoy being whisped away by the characters and befriending them, caring for them.

Overall I am a little saddened that I didn't love this book as much as I thought I would, but The Pledge won't steer me away from Derting's past and future work. I look forward to reading the Body Finder series, and I plan to read book #2 in The Pledge series. Perhaps book 2 can offer something else that I didn't get from Book 1.

6 comments:

  1. Sorry you didn't love it. The last three books I've picked up, I didn't make it past the first 100 pages. I'm ready for one that I can get engrossed in.
    Ann

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  2. I loved The Body Finder and I'm one of Kim Derting's biggest fans but I wasn't crazy about the Pledge. I'm not sure if it's because I read it on ebook or because dystopia really has to wow me. I will defiantly read book 2

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  3. I actually liked this book. I didn't love it, but it was easy for me to get through. I think this has a lot of mixed reviews, though.

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  4. I flew through this but not because of the characters. The setting, writing, and plot hooked me while the characters were flat and uninteresting.

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  5. I read this though I liked it a lot, it wasn't my fave. I too read the novel because of the plot rather than the characters. This novel has been getting a lot of mixed reviews. I'll be picking up the sequel though.

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  6. That's too bad. I haven't read any of the author's work but I was highly anticipating the release of this one. Too bad you didn't enjoy it. Great review though!!!

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