Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Format: Hardcover and eBook
Release Date: 11/15/11
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry: An imprint of 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.
This is my first encounter with Derting and I have to say I am smitten by her style of writing and her unique way of creating this blend of old and new, fantasy/dystopian world.
The characters are ones that get under your skin with Charile's willingness to protect her family and her gift from the Queen, who is like a modern day female Dorian Grey, with her abilty to go on while her body doesn't! It's also filled with action, which I am a sucker for in my YA novels and its the well written scenes that keep you turning the page until you get to the end and realize the ride is over.
Thank goodness there are two more books to come!
Definitely put this book on