Sunday, August 14, 2011
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Words are the most dangerous weapon of all.
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 was curious about what type of world Charlie's would be. It started out really good too: with Queen Sabara transferrring her power. It's the same power that got me more curious. Charlie's world is a more different since that it's language that kept the people apart. I wanted to know more of Queen Sabara and her power; I wanted to know how their world worked. Sadly a good deal of THE PLEDGE deals with Charlie and Max' romance~ the same romance that developed too quickly. In fact a lot of this was predictable:
There 's Charlie, Brooklyn and Aron, besfriends. I was predicting jealousy and a not too good bestfriend. I got all that from Brooklyn. I even saw the makings of bestfriend loves you but you don't know it. Not that any of that bugged me (much) because with Max in the picture I was befuddled, by what? Their sudden love and his overprotectiveness!
There's potential in this one but given the characters, I didn't love it as much as I was hoping to. (I seriously struggled to recall the MCs' names just as I was going to type this up!)
Thanks Simon & Schuster!