The Pledge

The Pledge

eBook - 2011
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A "gripping dystopian fantasy" (Kirkus Reviews) that brims with romance and suspense, from the author of The Body Finder.In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines your class, 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. The only reprieve from oppression is within the drug-filled underground club scene. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she's never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. As the violent clashes between the totalitarian monarchy and the rebel forces escalate, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible grip of a deadly regime. Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder...
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9781442422032
Branch Call Number: E-Book TEEN
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theycallmehoops Jun 29, 2015

Such an underrated dystopian read!

Chapel_Hill_RuthL Feb 19, 2015

In the war-torn country of Ludania, Charlania – Charlie – Hart is an anomaly in her kingdom: a girl who has the power to understand all the languages in Derting’s strict class-based society. Charlie is in constant danger because of her skill as a citizen of Ludiania may only know and speak the language of their class or lower. To make matters worse, the country is besieged by rebels who believe that Charlie might be their secret weapon in a fight against Ludania’s violent and mysterious queen. With a vaguely predictable cast that includes the supportive friend, the overly persuasive friend, mysterious (attractive) and overly-protective strangers, Charlie’s adventures are sure to draw in readers. The Pledge is a fast-paced adventure that takes an intriguing look into a caste-based society and tyranny that teens are likely to appreciate. The novel ends on a hopeful note that encourages fan to anticipate a sequel.

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sleepybookworm
Aug 29, 2014

I would recommend this book if you like a fast paced read. Although the story does focus more on the romance perspective, I wish it had focused more on the society.

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yamie202
Mar 12, 2014

All I can say is that this has the same washed-out boring dystopian-esque plot as just about every other book in this genre and it was so unoriginal that at times I thought I was reading another book that was similar to it and I am actually surprised I managed to finish reading it. The authors writing style isn't too bad so I would like to read some of her other books sometime. (Maybe, probably not though)

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emmaleekins
Jan 27, 2013

Charlaine is a teenager that lives as a part of the upper lower class in this dystopian novel. The caste system is divided by what language you speak. Once you are born into a caste, you stay in that caste, unless you join the army. Charlaine can understand all languages though, a secret that her mother and father has encouraged her to hide.

An easy read, with a little bit of romance. An unsettling ending, which paves the way for the next novel in the series.

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mrfbiini2
Dec 05, 2012

This is one of the few books that surprised me with a fairly big part (Seriously Max?!?!) so that alone made me adore it. The only problem is it surprised me, and then that changed it into the basic plot of at least 3 other books I’ve read. Good thing is there were no side wars (I love you, so I have to be on your side even though I believe in what the other side is saying) so that again put it in my good graces  I loved how she described voices and language and words, and in my opinion it was a very good book. It was bordering on the love/hate line, but Derting skirted it nicely (if very barely) into the love side.

KileyP Apr 27, 2012

Is this the next big thing? Kimberly Derting might be anyways - her writing is beautiful, and the story progress quickly without ever lacking in the characters development. The Pledge is a strange dystopia, and hopefully future books clear up how we went from our tech-savvy world to magical queens (sorry if that's a bit of a spoiler).

And come on - the cover is gorgeous! This is a book you can judge by the cover for sure.

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graceling3
Mar 01, 2012

I agree with Andesite; I loved the author's idea, but I believe she could have added more and broadened the plot line. When finishing this book, I felt "is this it?" The novel was too short, without fully exploring her dystopian world, and with a bit too much emphasis on romance. I felt that this book could have been much, much better, and that the author didn't stretch out all of her potential writing ability. Action was also lacking. Although slightly disappointing after reading this, I do recommend this as a light read.

BriLee_24 Jan 30, 2012

This is definitely one of my favs!!! I love Max and Charlie! This is a MUST READ!

Andesite Dec 17, 2011

This was quite the book. The idea was great and could've been a huge hit except for the fact that i thought it wasn't well written. The way the romance was written brought the book down and tore it away from the larger concept of the book: Charlie and the oppressive society she lives in. The reason the Hunger Games is a big hit now is because Suzanne Collins knew that the action was too strong to add a overwhelming romance. So the love triangle was more to the side which i and many other people felt was perfect.
Had Derting known how to balance the action and romance this would've been an amazing book.
Overall it was an okay book, and you should try it.

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mrfbiini2
Dec 05, 2012

“And touching him - I would have to stop doing that as well. But not now. Later, perhaps.”

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mrfbiini2
Dec 05, 2012

“She would be trouble, this one; the fact that he was lying awake now was proof of that.”

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mrfbiini2
Dec 05, 2012

“Now it was just the two of us, Max and me. And about a thousand other people around us.”

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mrfbiini2
Dec 05, 2012

“Curiosity is an addictive drug.”

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mrfbiini2
Dec 05, 2012

“Nothing's going to happen to you," Max interrupted, gripping my shoulders and forcing me to look at him. "Because you're not going to do it. You're going to tell her to go to hell!”

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mrfbiini2
Dec 05, 2012

“I loved voices, I always had. Words held meaning, but voices held emotion.”

Andesite Dec 18, 2011

" But that was when everything changed, and my plan of making it to the saftey of the mines disintegrated, like so many pieces of a writen promise set to flame."

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District_12
Jun 21, 2015

Other: an overload of Awesomeness

paigers9081 Dec 11, 2011

Coarse Language: some bad words

paigers9081 Dec 11, 2011

Violence: very bloody

paigers9081 Dec 11, 2011

Frightening or Intense Scenes: the ending

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Andesite Dec 18, 2011

Andesite thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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paigers9081 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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