Ahhh! I loved this! Surprises at every turn! Part dystopia, part fantasy, part action, part romance. All amazing! Great job, Kimberly!
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Oh goodness...I loved this book! The Pledge is a dystopia about seventeen-year-old Charlaina who lives in the country of Ludania where you only speak and understand the language of your class of people. Anyone who even looks a person in the eye who is speaking a language that is not their own or Englaise, the common tongue, can mean certain death. Charlaina has a special ability. She can understand all the languages and she's struggling to hide it. Then her best friend drags her to a club where the only way they can get in is through a drug-laced stamp on their hands. There Charlie meets Max. Handsome, mysterious, alluring Max who speaks a language Charlaina has never heard...but still understands. Max seems to have figured out that she can understand him, and she is also dangerously attracted to him, but she has no idea what class he belongs to.
The Pledge is an amazing, alluring read. A dystopia with the feel of a fantasy, traces of action, and of course romance. The Pledge kept me surprised at every turn of the page. I haven't been so surprised by a book in a long time. The characters were wonderful and all that I could wish for. Max is handsome and sexy and mysterious, but the sweetest guy ever. His tenderness made me want to cry at times. Brook and Aron were the best. I loved the friendship between them. And then of course Xander. I loved that he was a bad-boy, but still super nice.
I loved the relationship between Max and Charlie. A lot of YA books seem to make the relationships really fast-paced and kind of crazy. They meet, they fall in love, they kiss blahblahblah in THE SPAN OF A WEEK! I didn't however like Charlie's attitude about Max at first. Female characters in YA books always meet a guy, fall in love, can't stop thinking about him, but then they keep second guessing themselves. He's bad news. Oh, I can't associate with him. What would my friends think? I mean, seriously? He's the sweetest, sexiest guy ever, and I would kill to have him! Be happy for once! He's like seriously in love with you and you obviously are too!
Okay, there was one more thing that I didn't like. Aron. I felt like what happened with him was unresolved. Especially since what he had with Charlie felt like a love triangle could have happened there. I mean, does Xander get Eden and Brook get Aron? I have seriously no idea. Maybe she'll explain in the next book? Whatever happens, I can't wait to get my hands on book two! And hopefully there will be more explanation of Aron/Brook/Xander/Eden. Cause I feel sorry for the poor guy.
Make that two more things. The fight scenes where everyone was getting the life sliced out of them? I felt like everyone was a liiiitle too calm about that. You can't watch people getting executed in the town square, but you don't mind watching twenty to thirty guys getting ripped apart right in front of your eyes? I mean, you don't even want to look away? The explanations made ME want to look away, and I couldn't even see it! I mean, come on. You're seventeen!
I loved Kimberly's writing in this. Some YA fiction seems a bit amature in their choice of words, but the way Kimberly worded everything was simply fabulous. I loved it. It reminded me of the classic lit where they may use a bit too many words, but the way that they used them was spectacular. Don't take this to mean that The Pledge was too wordy. It wasn't. I just think that it was a good middle for the beautiful poetic classic lit and the over-used words, but easier to read YA fiction.
Overall, The Pledge was amazing. It was a surprising whirlwind that took my breath away and kept me wanting more until the very last page. The ending I didn't even see coming! And sure I could have predicted one or two things that happened, but out of like twenty, I'd say that's pretty impressive. Amazing job, Kimberly, for writing a book so unlike and unpredictable then most YA fiction out there! There were, of course, one or two things that I didn't like, but that's to be expected of any book.
Cover love: I don't really understand the cover. I mean it's just a girl in a black cloak. Is the black cloak supposed to symbolize something? Is it her vendor uniform? I do like the cover, but it's just not spectacular. I like the lettering though. The glossy cover with the title & author, but then underneath the PL ED GE in a matte. Ah, fabulous.(less)