Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: November 15th 2011
Series: The Pledge #1
Summary: In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….
Review: I am crazy about this cover! It fits the book really well. 🙂 Loved the concept of the book, I have not come across a book that use language as a means to differentiate class. Finished this in 2 nights!
This book reminded me of The Hunger Games, perhaps due to the segregation of people and the fact that both novels take place in the future where everything is entirely different.
I am pretty sure things are gonna get interesting in the next few books as we see how Charlie fights against the inner-evil queen. I am also curious to see how her relationship with Max progresses, their relationship seemed to move too quickly in this book. They barely had any alone time together. I also thought the ending could have been a bit more drawn out, it seemed rushed as Charlie gave in rather quickly despite hearing the troops attacking the palace. Hopefully her sister starts to play a larger role as her powers seem pretty cool! Can’t wait for the next book in this series: The Essence (2013)
Recommended for: Language and Dystopian lovers