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Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
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Dec 31, 2011

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bookshelves: 4-gr9-12-high-sch, 4-gr6-8-middle-sch, a-fic, c-science-technology, c-romance, c-dystopian
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In this futuristic tale, midwives from outside the wall must advance the first three babies born each month to the Enclave, the community inside the wall that provides those outside with water and basic supplies. Gaia wants to see her parents again, but they've been arrested by the Enclave. So she sneaks in, but then gets arrested herself. With the unlikely friendship of the Protectorate's disowned son, a coded ribbon, and an unusual freckle birthmark tattooed on outsider's babies' ankles, Gaia discovers more about the Enclave than most people know. I liked the story, though I found the writing a bit choppy. I like Gaia as a character, and Leon, the complicated son of the protectorate.

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