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Promised (Birthmarked #3)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  10,645 ratings  ·  1,118 reviews
After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and overthrowing Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her greatest challenge yet--to lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge. But in Gaia's absence, the Enclave has become even more ruthless, picking girls from outside the wall to serve in an experimental baby factory ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
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I didn't think it was possible to start a trilogy off strong and end in third place. Gold, Silver and then the Bronze medal. However I can't say that I wouldn't read the next installment, if there was a possibility of one because I have this morbid curiosity to see if Gaia could become more of a dumb-ass. A naive dumb-ass that makes the worse goddamned decisions.

Now I have to admit, Prized wasn't a strong installment but again I was curious, I wanted to find out what happened after she lost her
Oh my gooooodnesss!! That was quite the ending.

Jeez. What can I say? I went into this book with high expectations, and I was not disappointed. Not even a little bit. This was fantabulous.

So, in a nutshell, Promised is about Gaia leading the people of Sylum back to the Enclave to persuade the (total jerk-face) Protectorat to grant them refuge. And water. Cause them people be thirsty. But of course, things get a little cray-cray, and so begins the emotional overload my poor little heart (and sou
As an ending to such a high powered trilogy it was awfully tame. It felt a bit rushed and very "happily ever after, ride into the sunset". I also disagreed with who the author chose to kill off since it seemed it was mostly based on who supposedly would never get over Gaia and who was expendable. Lame death justification. I also dislike it when the villains are neatly dispatched in crossfire or put in prison. Its too manufactured. They should face living with no power and with the people they ab ...more
Kid Robot
Way to give your heroine instant menopause, probable osteoporosis, and elevated risk of heart disease at the age of 17.

Also, I thought they insinuated in the beginning of the book when we had no idea that they'd just fast-fowarded a year and we were all, "What?" after every page, that Gaia and Leon got it on at some point during the year that they skipped? Am I wrong here? If I'm not wrong and they did get it on in between books, WHO FUCKING DOES THAT? And if I am wrong and they never got it on
It seems publishers are hungering for the next Hunger Games and, as such, are releasing YA dystopias faster than their authors can devise plots. As the third and final book in the Birthmarked series, Promised didn't live up to its promise, and instead sputtered to an unsatisfying conclusion.

Clearly, the book is not written for an adult audience. Still, young adult readers deserve an intelligent ending that wraps up the plot. Promised concluded with more questions than answers. Indeed, it raised
Clare Cannon
Dec 07, 2014 Clare Cannon marked it as on-hold
My hopes for Promised:
- That Gaia remembers her parents' wisdom. More dad flash-backs please!
- That Gaia looks beyond her feelings to learn what is right.
- That Gaia is willing to make hard choices for what is right, and so rediscover hope which is born in sacrifice, instead of the confusion which comes from compromise.
- That Leon and Gaia get their love back on track, stop squabbling and playing up each other's emotions based on their own moods, really listen to each other and help each other
Gaia leads the people of Symlum to a new life near the Enclave. She asked the Protectorat(Leon's father) to provide a water system for her people in exchange she'll agree to give him samples of all her people DNA. But the Protectorat didn't keep his promise(surprise!)and so in begins.

I dislike long reviews so in short, throughout the book Gaia'character fails in every way possible as a leader. Now I'm not a strategy expert but some of Gaia's mistake could have been prevented by using common sens
2.5 - 3 stars.

I enjoyed this book, but overall I think it's the weakest in the series. Still, the ties and emotional connections I had to the characters from the previous books makes me want to bump my rating to 3 stars.

Here is my criticism: Why oh why do authors think it will be boring if people have normal emotions? Fo reals. I understand the need for drama and foreshadowing and plot twists blah blah blah. But heavens above! I could not keep up Gaia's epiphanies or Leon's brooding love-sick
Well, despite really liking books 1 and 2, I won't recommend "Promised" to readers, unless they HAVE to finish out the series. I had a total disconnect from all the characters and no longer cared if any of them lived or died. I was not invested in this book. Gaia was so unbelievably stupid in Promised, that I put the book down several times and vacillated between picking it up again or not. I did managed to finish the book.

Considering how incredibly complex the socio-economic situation was in t
K. D. Grace
Sep 18, 2012 K. D. Grace marked it as to-read
Why must you make me wait? I wanna cry. Patience is a virtue I severely lack. Release it soon. My heart is aching for more pages to turn and mentally devour.

I'm a little disappointed. This book seemed like it should have been bigger for what it explored. I was frustrated at the pace things were happening at because it just felt rushed.
The main reason why I liked Birthmarked & Prized was because of Leon, but in this book he seemed to be missing.It was all about Gaia 24/7. While the story progressed and the series came to an end I just feel like this book should have been expanded, maybe more on how the people from New Sylum felt. Why bring in new
First of all I want to say that I regret reading this book. I didn’t like the first two ones much and I had many and countless objections. Despite this I decided to give it a shot and continue reading because I couldn't ignore that the author had a quite good story. But she wasn't able to use it well.

When you read a book after about a year of reading the previous one ,you tend to forget the characters. That's obvious and common. And what's more common that while reading the new book the author w
I really enjoyed this book! I read the reveiws thinking that it was going to be terrible and it really wasn't at all....
I think the main reason behind the negative and critial reveiws is that the series went beyond the intended YA audience. I enjoyed Gaia much more in this book than the last two but perhaps that is because I am in my 20's and can relate to her situation more. I think she grew up significantly and perhaps outgrew the YA readers. Now I don't mean this critically at all! But it is
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Wow. I was afraid this was going to end badly.. I wasn't expecting the torture scenes either. This whole stealing ovaries so they can have babies who aren't sick is insane. A valid reason, but also crazy. I'm sad this is over but I'm also glad I binge read the entire thing in a span of a couple of days so I would have a series completed. Wonderful story full of science, action, mystery and indeed a love square to match, you'll love this one if you enjoy the dystopian genre.
Myrza H Darmaditya

This book guys! This one was absolutely stunning! I can't get enough of the idea of this series! I can't believe that this series already ended. That was such a bittersweet ending for me. I don't know but Caragh M. O'Brien successfully ruined me emotionally! I just can't understand that O'Brien will be so mean with Gaia's fate, that's so evil! UGH.

I feel like this book was a major turning for this series. Everything changed for better. You'll get a lot of action
May 11, 2012 Gracie marked it as to-read
I really liked the other two books, and I want to know if this one lives up to the reputation. Hopefully it does! But damn, OCTOBER? I seriously need to get my hands on this book!
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Actual rating 4.5



1.)The protectorat wins all the awards for being the single most annoying fictional character in the universe and for just being a douche-bag

2.) A love Gaia she is seriously one of my favorite protagonist's. Unlike other female leads in YA fiction, shes not invincible and she has flaws just like everyone else (which makes her even more real)

3.) I lied. Mabrothe
Well, I was right. It is dumb to think that a teenager would be a good leader of a large group of people. Because they are hormone fueled and inexperienced and don't know how to handle stressful situations.

Because the premise of this book was so fundamentally flawed, the story was alternately boring and intensely irritating, and I didn't enjoy it at all. I only stuck with it due to the fact that it was the third in the series and I liked the first one a lot, and liked most of the second one pre
Erster Satz
Gaia legte einen Pfeil ein und spannte den Bogen.

Für die junge Gaia gibt es neue Hoffnung. Sie führt eine tapfere Schar von Männern und Frauen zur Stadt hinter der Mauer, um dort um Hilfe zu bitte. Doch der Weg ist voller Gefahren und die Antwort auf ihre Bitte ungewiss…

Meine Meinung
Die Geschichte ist aus der Sicht eines auktorialen Erzählers geschrieben, der sich auf die Sicht von der Protagonistin Gaia konzentriert.

Gaia ist eine Protagonistin, die in eine Führungsrolle ge
Pre-reading: i am dying dying DYING to read this ><

After reading:

This was an awesome series. There were rough spots here and there but overall i really loved this series and there's always a bit of sadness when a good story comes to an end. No "Promised" did not sweep me off my feet like the previous two did but it did give great closure to a great series and for that i think its a great book. I took one star off because some parts in the middle felt slow and made me skim just a little *g
The book begins with Gaia and the people for Sylum that decided to leave for the Enclave on the road. Right at the beginning, new and not-so-new characters join Gaia and Leon. It goes without saying that they are not welcomed with open arms. As soon as they settle, they come across a serious problem: the Protectorat refuses to supply them with water.

It's the search for water for her people that leads Gaia to ultimately discovering how desperate the Enclave has become in its search for healthy, n
Kelly (Belle of the Literati)
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I'm not sure what to say. Many reviewers have already said what I felt, that this series starts out with high marks with Birthmarked, and then consistently gets a little worse with each book.

I'm not sure how to describe it, this book had plenty of action - but I didn't feel it was necessarily compelling. After everything that happened, I had more of a 'huh' response. There was never any twists or surprises.

I generally like books that explore the gray areas of topics and subjects - and while thi
One of the best science fiction series ever. I loved the first book, then the second book, and I loved loved the third book. Promised is sweet, scary, breath taking, and funny all at the same time. The ending could not have been better. Gaia stayed strong through out the whole book, she didn't do anything stupid or annoying. Everything she did had a good reason. Leon my goodnes was he awesome. He was a great boyfriend, people who wanted Peter sorry for the disappointment. Leon funny and smart an ...more
Un final de trilogía muy bueno, un libro en el cual el personaje de gaia es fundamental, los personajes evolucionan mucho, y sobre todo sabremos más cosas.

Mi reseña completa aquí:
Why isn't it out yet? The story kept drawing me further and further and further in until it got to the point I didn't think it could better and then:


All I'm saying is don't break it.

Duh! What a let down. Torture, lies, surgery, in and on.... And Gaia still doesn't get it??!! This was so stupid I regret the money & time I invested. Boy, talk about falling apart after the first book.
In the end:
1. Horrible heroine
2. Stupid plot, more like plots
3. Unbalanced timeline
4. Predictable outcomes
5. Stupid issues
6. To much overdoing people and situations
7. Stupid ideas
8. Creepy characters
9. Poor world building(s)
10. Horrible character development between book one to book two
11. The desire to make characters sound like other characters from other books
12. Unnecessary actions
13. Strong characters that in reality are really weak
14. Random characters we don't really get to know and
I didn't plan on finishing it in a day, but that's what happened. It was a good finale for this trilogy. There wasn't much fireworks romantically between Leon and Gaia near the end; they loved each other, but I felt their connection more in the first book. :/

So...what a messed up society this series had. Snatching babies, reproducing, infertile and abortion issues. I can't believe the Enclave (view spoiler) Like really?? That was so extreme. o_o I hadn't s
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Caragh M. O'Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O'Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels. For more information, visit
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