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Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
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Oct 19, 2011

really liked it
Read on October 19, 2011

It took me a little time to get into this one, but I think that's mostly because I'm getting burned out on YA dystopia books. I love the genre, but I've been reading a lot of them lately, and after a while they start to kind of blend together.

Birthmarked, however, turned out to be a pretty great read. Gaia grew on me as it went along, and there were some twists that I didn't see coming, which is always a good thing since these kinds of stories can get predictable. I liked the slow start to her relationship with Leon, and the fact that she doesn't just immediately fall in love with him. I'm anxious to read the next book, something I can't always say with these dystopian series.

I did cringe a little at some of the terms used in this future version of our world. "Unlake" was probably the one that bugged me most. And calling everyone Mabrother and Masister. It was kind of weird to me. But those are minor nitpicks that didn't affect my enjoyment of the story any.

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