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(Birthmarked #3)

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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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Silver Anton uh, I personally wouldn't recommend for an 8th grader. It depends on how mature they are I guess. If I were the mama callin' the shots I'd wait until …moreuh, I personally wouldn't recommend for an 8th grader. It depends on how mature they are I guess. If I were the mama callin' the shots I'd wait until they were a freshman in high school. I feel like the brains would be more developed then.(less)

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Kandise
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia
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
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Star
As an ending to such a high powered trilogy it was awfully tame. It felt rushed and very "happily ever after, gallop dramatically into the sunset.... because I really am not sure where else to go with this...". I also disagreed with who the author chose to kill off since it seemed to be based on who supposedly would never get over Gaia and was therefore expendable. Lame death justification. I also dislike it when the villains are neatly dispatched in crossfire or just put in prison. Its too manu ...more
Eve
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-books
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
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Penny
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

It's ok.

I was disappointed. I was expecting so much more since I loved the second book so much.


Book 1: Birthmarked - 3.5 stars
Book 2: Prized - 4.5 stars
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Kim
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Mary Beth
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 350-series

3.5 stars

This one was just O.K. for me. I did like it and enjoyed it. I just loved the first and second book better. This is the third book in the Birthmarked Series. This is a YA series. It is also a dystopian series.

Teen midwife and revolutionary Gaia has led her people from the false security of Sylum to the gates of the Enclave, determined to build a new city (and strangely confident that the baddies inside the Enclave walls will give her people water, despite her past history with them).
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Emerald
Oct 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Clare Cannon
Nov 10, 2011 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 oth
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Sarah
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Worood
May 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Worood by: Najla Madwar
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
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Sydney
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, dystopia, ya, fiction
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
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Kellyflower
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 cha
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Carla
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And here it is!
I have to say that I really enjoyed this series, the world building was so convincing even if my connection to Gaia and her actions wasn't that good. The characters fitted perfectly into the story. So all in all it was a nice time but I don't think it's a series I am going to reread...
K. D. Grace
Feb 14, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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.

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE IT WILL BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 2nd... ME HAPPY
Abbey
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Giselle
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.
Arielle Walker
Despite remembering almost nothing about the previous books in the trilogy (and becoming increasingly doubtful as to whether I even read the second), this was pretty easy to pick up and enjoy. Unlike my apparent feelings about the first book, this final piece isn't amazing but it's certainly interesting. There's a little too much back-and-forth (view spoiler) and so the pacing of the story is a little off ...more
Donna
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi

3 stars. This is the third book in the Birthmarked trilogy. In spite of all my dislikes with this, I still liked the story line. It was intriguing. There were some creative twists that had me saying, "Nice."

The problems mostly dealt with the writing and with the constant stupidity of the characters. They didn't seem to progress much. They always did the same things they always did. The MC was self-absorbed in the first one, the second one and in this one. And she was still the same silly girl at
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Colleen
Oct 20, 2012 rated it did not like 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. ...more
Ky
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL OCTOBER?

*sob*

Why?

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akhdglkjsf;klgaj;lgkhdlg I cried. It was beautiful and sad and I CAN'T FORM GOOD SENTENCES.
... that was bad.
Karen’s Library
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
Overall I really enjoyed the Birthmarked Trilogy and felt that Gaia was a great heroine to root for!

Promised starts off with Gaia leading the people of Sylum across the wasteland and back to the Enclave.

Once they reach the Enclave, they try to form New Sylum on the outskirts and try to work with the Proctorate for much needed water. Unfortunately, the Protorate refuses to help. Gaia and Leon do whatever it takes to ensure the people of New Sylum survive.

This book was pretty much non-stop actio
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Anne
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 4.5

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

HOLY MOTHER OF ALL THINGS GREAT! I SERIOUSLY CAN'T EVEN! DAMN THAT ENDING WAS JUST SO HEART BREAKING!



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
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Myrza H Darmaditya
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
OH MY GOD. IT'S FRICKIN' INTENSE.

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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 l
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Gracie
May 11, 2012 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!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The conclusion to the Birthmarked trilogy left me somewhat underwhelmed. It's largely in line with expectations, but somehow the series manages to get even more baby-focused, and it's really not a good fit for me.

Promised gets off to a slow and rocky start. The Sylum folks are slowly making their way back to the Enclave where they hope to make new homes outside of the wall. There are several chapters of this, and they're not exciting, despite Leon and Gaia's engagement (shrug). They conveniently
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Kelly | xoxo, Kelly Nina
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Bibliovoracious
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Alright, I now see that this is actually book 3, so I missed book 2. That explains the time jump!

I was crazy about book 1- amazing in all ways. This book, nope. Statecraft by a waffling teenage girl with no mental strength, presence, or decisiveness? No thanks. Couldn't buy it, nor imagine how she'd become elected Matr'arch of Sylum (the answer lies in book 2, I suppose)
Eva
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This third book of the birthmarked series didn’t meet my expectations. While reading the first two books I have already noticed how fast the story moves forward (which makes it very easy to read, there’s no part that’s boring or too long). But I have missed some depth and detail from the beginning of the series. I have given the first two books higher ratings because I enjoyed reading most of them, the ideas and settings are interesting and I wanted to know how things would turn out for the char ...more
Tati
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia-sci-fi
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
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Kristine
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Caragh M. O'Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS series, 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. Once a high school English teacher, she resigned to write young adult novels. For more information, visit http://www.caraghobrien.com. ...more

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