Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: November 15 2011
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting tells the story of Charlie Hart, a girl trying to survive in a country ruled by an evil queen.
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. ~ Courtesy of Goodreads
Let me just say that I really liked this book. I loved the premise, the story, the characters, the writing. It was fantastic. The idea of language being a barrier between people, of a way to prevent rebellion, intrigued me. How people of every class, not just the higher classes, would use their language to mock and look down on people lower then them. The fact that people can be so inconsiderate of one another in dystopian novels always gets me. I know that it's not any different in real life, people will always ostracize others for being different, but it still makes me sad every time I see it portrayed in a book.
The character's were all so lovable, except for the Queen. I hated the Queen right off the bat. But Charlie was such a likable main character. She wasn't stupid about (most) things and I found myself rooting for her, and worrying about her, at every twist and turn. Toward the end of the book I was literally at the edge of my sit. I found myself, more than once, flipping the page and skimming briefly just to make sure nothing bad had happened to Charlie or her friends!
It's very difficult for me to choose my favorite character. It comes down to Max and Angelina. Max is the oh-so-scrumptious and unbelievably sweet Prince who stole my heart along with Charlie's. But I think that Angelina, Charlie's adorable four year old sister, has to be the winner. She's so strong, so tough. I can't wait for a sequel just so I can see Angelina develop more. Especially after everything that happened in that final chapter!
|I kept picturing MAX as DREW ROY.|
Just thought I'd share ;)
One of my favorite things about The Pledge was the setting. It takes place, not in a far off land or fairytale, but in our world, just hundreds of years in the future. Or at least it seems to. The cities are no longer named the same as they used to be (the Queen just names them using sectors and numbers), but traditionally children are named after long ago forgotten cities. Like Charlie's friend Brooklynn, named after a borough in a once great city (New York City). The entire book I kept trying to figure out how and when the world could have fallen apart the way it must have if Queendoms were going to spring up around the globe in the future. Despite the magic used in the book, it still seems realistic enough to make me think that it is possible that The Pledge is set in our world.