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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 tryi ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry (first published October 1st 2011)
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In Kimberly Derting's The pledge, we embark on a fairy-tale like story set in a dystopian future where language dictates your class standing. I was first attracted to this book by it's intriguing premise and original setting. Unfortunately, I found myself unable to connect to the characters nor was I very invested in the story.

As a reader, I'm very character oriented. I feel the need to be able to relate to the characters. Feel their emotions, understand their decisions and connect with their pe
Kimberly Derting's The Pledge has a lot going for it: it has an interesting and original concept, fascinating (albeit mostly lacking) world-building, great writing that allows the novel to flow easily and makes for a quick read, some interesting relationship dynamics, and an explosive ending making way for an interesting sequel. However, that being said, The Pledge also has a lot that is not going for it, most prominently the characterization, the predictability of the plot, and, last but certai ...more
Jennifer Armentrout
Man, only 30 some pages in, and it's so good. Have agent edits to do, but I wanna read!
The Pledge is Kimberly Derting’s latest book. It’s a dystopia. Democracy has fallen. Nations are ruled by matrilineal queens. In Charlaina’s society citizens are divided and stratified by language. Englaise is the common language spoken by all classes. Each class has their own language as well, so for example the vendor class speaks Pashon. Charlaina, Charlie for short, can understand every language, even though it is against the law. One is not supposed to acknowledge or look up when another sp ...more
I think this was a great start to a promising series. I really enjoyed it!

Seventeen-year old Charlaina, Charlie, lives in the kingdom of Ludania ruled by cruel and ancient Queen Sabara. Her subjects are divided by classes, languages, and strict rules that govern them. A person can be put to death for small infractions, so all must be careful. The country is currently in turmoil because there is a war going on. There are revolutionaries that have risen up to change the oppressive conditions. Char
I had high hopes for this book. I love fantasy books and the description sounded really good. (oh and the cover is so pretty...) And then I started reading. All this book did for me was reinforce the basic check list for most dystopian books.

I had many problems with this book. It was pretty inconsistent and it seemed as if Kimberly Derting tried her best to incorporate every point on the check list, but all that did was cluster around the book, floating without any use.

I. Max -- I mean, his char
Hayden Casey
I wasn't all that impressed with THE BODY FINDER, and I was pretty hesitant when THE PLEDGE showed up on my doorstep. I wasn't sure Kimberly Derting deserved another chance. If I didn't like her first novel, what were the odds I'd like the first book in a totally different genre? How big were the chances I'd find the experience of reading her third novel like I did her first and give up on her in general? Thankfully, that wasn't the case. I'm glad I did end up giving it a chance, because it wasn ...more

Well, I read that really fast. I started The Pledge by Kimberly Derting late last night/early this morning and I just finished it. Before you ask, yes I do sleep. Quite well, actually.

The Pledge marks a departure for Derting into the world of Dystopic Fantasy. Having been a fan of her Body Finder series I was very eager to get a look at her newest work. I'm not disappointed, far from it. Derting has cemented a place on my auto buy list of authors.

The aging Queen of Ludania has no heir - no femal
The more YA books I see being released amidst the continuing dystopia trend (a fad that seems to have a lot more mileage than I originally anticipated, although the sales figures are a more mixed bag), the more I find myself questioning what makes a book dystopian. With “The Body Finder” author Kimberly Derting's latest, the first in a planned trilogy, I hesitate to call it, for lack of a better term, pure dystopian since it mixes more fantastical elements into the story. This discussion aside, ...more
I have been hesitant to read The Pledge because I have not read that many great reviews, but when I found it in audio, I just had to give it a try, and i am SO GLAD I did because this book was incredible! The light dystopian element, the historical themes, the revolutionary plots. Every single minute of listening to this audio kept me on the edge! I would stay a couple of minutes in the car after I parked because I just didn't want to leave this world. In the end I ended up getting the ebook and ...more
First off, tell me the this cover is not gorgeous!! I love it :)

Second, I need to tell you how cool I think this story idea is! The plot revolves around this world (in the future) where humans have been forced to speak only one language - the language of their class. The servants speak one language, while the vendors speak another, and royalty another, and so on. The point being, that if you can't speak another language, you are stuck in your class forever, and more importantly, humans will neve
This had so much potential. Kimberly Derting had the right idea, came up with some nice details to her dystopian society, she had everything she needed to make a great story. And then it all went downhill in this jumble of cliches and boring storytelling that came together in one snooze festival in which you're left as that one bored person wondering what the hell are you going to eat for dinner tonight since you haven't gone grocery shopping ever since Jesus died the second time.

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

What if you lived in a world where people are divided into different classes? One class superior, each using a language the other doesn't understand. What if you lived in a world where if you're caught looking directly at a person speaking in another language you're in danger of being prosecuted. This is the world that Charlie lives in. This is Ludania...

Kimberly Derting has done a fantastic job with the world building.
Selin Kamaş
Bu tür kitaplar okumayı seviyorum. Baskıcı devlet ve özgürlük arayışındaki halk... Akıcı bir kitaptı fakat kısaydı, ikinci kitabın tadını çıkara çıkara okuruz umarım :)) Özellikle erkek karakterlerin kişiliği çok güzel oturtulmuş. Max, seni Charlaine'den ne kadar çok kıskandığımı bir bilsen!!!! :D Ve Charlaine'in kardeşi Angelana'ya karşı tavırları çok güzel ve özeldi ;) Umarım ikinci kitap da birinci kitap kadar iyi olur :)
Morgan F
When I read Derting's The Body Finder, I was not impressed. After reading the start of her second series....I am still not impressed.

The marketing is all there. Gorgeous cover, creative dystopian premise, the promise of romance....All of this is very in right now. Unfortunately.

The weakest part of The Pledge was the world-building. As a dystopian, it was very weak. There is no reason for this world, no how, no why. Supposedly, it was set sometime in the future, as it alludes to current cities,
I held the letter, vividly picturing the six words written inside the folds. Six words that I already knew by heart. Six words that meant more to me than they should. I unfolded the top third of the paper, then the bottom, purposely keeping my eyes unfocused for just a moment. My heart stopped.

THE PLEDGEwas one of the best dystopian books I have read this year. I didn't expect to fall madly in love with Max, the book. But I was unable to put the book down until I was flipping to the very last p
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Charlaina "Charlie" Hart is seventeen and a member of the Vendor class, the class of merchants. Her parents have a restaurant, she attends a school for vendor children, and her friends are the children of other vendors. As a member of this class, she's only allowed to speak two languages: parshon, the language of her class, and Englaise, the universal language and language of the Serving class, the lowest class in Ludania. But Charlie has a unique and very secret gift: she can understand all lan ...more
I've never read The Body Finder and I don't have any intention to do it. When I realized that The Pledge was from the same author, that didn't discourage me to read it because the plot premise sounded interesting.

One thing needs to be clear: This is not dystopian and shouldn't be considered as such.

Do I see paranormal powers in a distant future? Eeeh, I don't think so. Division of people by the language they speak? Possibly.
This is plain fantasy, period.

And also, monarchy in the distant future i
Captivating. Moving. Engaging. This is a really good dystopian world. However, I was a bit surprised to know that it has fantasy in it. It reminds me somehow of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, they both have the same heroine, hero and villain qualities.

This book is hard to review without spilling some spoilers. Ugh. It has all a dystopian world can have - war, resistance, ruler, and danger. It's one dangerous world. But I love everything about it. I can't believe how I easily became attached with all t
Set in a post-apocalyptic society--in what I can only assume used to be the United States--17 year old Charlie has a secret. Unlike everyone else in her class, or in any other class, she understands other languages--a sin punishable by death if discovered. It's a secret so important, she hides it from everyone, including her two closest friends, only to be discovered by someone else who could be more dangerous that she'd like to admit.

I cannot say enough good things about this book. It's the fir
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 w ...more
I was seriously contemplating giving this one star. The Pledge had an interesting premise, but it utterly failed.

The sole reason I didn't give this one star was Xander and Brooklynn. They were definitely the most interesting characters (far more so than Max and Charlie) and if the story was written from one of their perspective, it would have been so much more fun to read.

I really didn't like Charlie. Something about her rubbed me the wrong way. But I hated Max a hundred times more than Charlie.
Kate (Nomalicious Reads)
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I was instantly attracted to the synopsis of The Pledge after I read it and was excited when I was able to get a copy of the ARC from galley grab.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out the was Kimberly Derting who wrote The Body Finder series, since I've been meaning to get my hands on it for quite some time now, I was glad to give her work a try with The Pledge first... I'll just say that I'll be getting The Body Finder a lot sooner than I
4.5/5 stars

This book is dystopia, although not really similar to most of the dystopian books I have been reading lately. But I enjoyed it.

Charlaina (Charlie) lives in Ludania, where you are divided by class. Each class has their own language.

The Queen rules the country and you can be punished for any minor transgression.

Charlie was born in the vendor class (her family owns a restaurant). But she is different from everybody else, because she can understand every language. Yet this is not permitt
I didn't quite know what to expect coming into The Pledge. I read The Body Finder, but just liked it, and never read the other books in the series. I thought the premise of The Pledge sounded super intriguing but wasn't sure if she could pull off the task that is a well-written and developed dystopian. While it isn't perfect, The Pledge is certainly an entertaining and original addition to her work.

A couple of things struck me at the start of the book. First, I didn't feel like the languages we
This review also appears on Gypsy Book Reviews.

The Pledge is my first Kimberly Derting book, and if all of her books are awesome like The Pledge, it won’t be my last book of hers!

The Pledge is an interesting dystopian novel. It has a medieval twist to it, since there’s a queen and there’s also the language barriers and classes. What the citizens of Ludania wear, no matter what class they’re in, have a medieval, yet futuristic style to them… if that makes sense.

Even the languages; I love that par

Three Stars The Pledge is a fresh introduction to Kimberly Derting's new, dystopian series.

A cheer squeals from the mob squeezed around the main square of Ludania. A wave of bodies clawing and pushing to peer at the imminent execution. In Ludania, Queen Sabara rules the land with an indomitable, iron fist. The slightest infraction, such as failure to divert your eyes when addressed by someone of a higher class, will earn you a one way trip to the gallows. It is a land organized into a caste syst

Kimberly Derting did it with the fabulous Body Finder series, and now she has done it again! I thoroughly enjoyed The Pledge, just as much as her other books, if not more. What I really loved, is that it's so different from all the other Dystopian novels out there right now. Fast-paced, with surprises at every corner, and a thrilling romance to die for, I finished it in one go... it left me yearning for so much more. In The Pledge, I see a very promising beginning for a great Dystopian trilogy t
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Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins), THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster), and THE TAKING trilogy (HarperTeen). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.
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Other Books in the Series

The Pledge (3 books)
  • The Essence (The Pledge, #2)
  • The Offering (The Pledge, #3)
The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1) Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2) The Last Echo (The Body Finder, #3) Dead Silence (The Body Finder, #4) The Essence (The Pledge, #2)

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