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Deliver Me

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  555 ratings  ·  70 reviews
One People. One Union. One Future.

Wynne’s entire life is dictated by the Union: the clothes she wears, the books she reads, even the genes she inherited. And like every other girl in the Union, Wynne dreams of being chosen as a Carrier on her 16th birthday—one of the elite selected to carry the future generation within her womb. Wynne and her best friend Odessa are certai
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Published April 15th 2014 by Bloomsbury Spark
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Jessie Potts
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow... That was no ending, there wasn't an ending!!! Just a mega cliff hanger. Dang...

Anyway Wynne lives in this Spartan world. Men and women are separated and at 16 they are given jobs. I felt so bad for Odessa and for Wynne. I kept thinking that when Wynne realizes what she was doing with the babies it would break her heart. She's just a cog in this broken machine, but I can understand why the Carriers hate her and others so much. The audio version was haunting and eerie. The narrator captured
Kathy Chung
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
another dystopian tale where women are treated as child bearing machine. Something like divergent where each person in the society have a job to do.

i like the pace of the story. story was interesting enough.

however i felt reading this was like eating cotton candy. interesting enough when i was "eating" it but afterward felt like nothing. i wish there was more to chew on

i don't like the cliffhanger ending.
Yolanda Sfetsos
Yikes! This is such a great book. It's disturbing, made me uncomfortable, but I loved the narrator.

Wynne and Odessa are part of the Union. A totalitarian regime that requires total and utter devotion. No one is allowed free thought or speech, or even has the ability to chose their future. Words like love, family and mother don't exist. Women and men are segregated and never meet. Well, unless you're chosen as a Carrier.

Becoming a Carrier is every girl's dream, what they're taught to aim for sinc
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
Deliver Me tells the story of two girls Odessa and Wynne whose lives take very different turns when one is chosen as a breeder for the Union and the other is chosen as a worker who aides in their deliveries.

Many people upon reading the premise would probably compare Deliver Me to The Handmaid's Tale, I know I did. However, upon completing the book I realized this isn't just some carbon copy repackaged for a new generation but instead a book that can stand on its own two feet one both unique yet
The Union dictates everything about it's citizen's lives, from what job they perform to how they spend their time to who produces children. Citizens lives by sets of tenets and rules. Girls and boys are completely segregated for their entire lives, which are spent in careful preparation for their testing and job assignment when they turn 16. Each year, 9 lucky girls are chosen to be Carriers, who live their lives in luxury for ten years while carrying one baby each year for the Union. Wynne and ...more
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-sci-fi, own
Best friends Wynne and Odessa have lived their lives with one goal in mind: to become Carriers, the elite women of the Union, chosen to bring future generations into this world. But when Odessa is chosen and Wynne is given a seemingly less-important worker position, she begins to see that perhaps being a Carrier isn't all it's cracked up to be. There's a darkness that underlies everything that surrounds the beauty and luxury that surrounds the Carriers, and now that Odessa is one of them, Wynne ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This was very unique! Full review to come.

Updated May 24 2015

After purchasing my new Kindle, I kept seeing this book on the Amazon book store. I saw it so much that I decided it must've been a sign and that I just had to buy it, so I did just that. As soon as it downloaded, I instantly started reading it. The blurb made this book sound so amazing in my mind, but sadly I was a bit let down.

The world-building in this story would probably have to be my favorite part. In this world, once you're 16,
J.A. Ironside
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, dystopian
This is comprised of many of the now standard YA dystopian tropes and themes - which is fine, I love dystopian fiction, it's definitely my jam. However this book did not do as much with them as it could have done. Yes it's a horrific futuristic society in which women are subjugated and brainwashed and their bodies are owned by the state yadda yadda yadda... This is almost becoming a staple in YA dystopian fiction now and tbh The Handmaid's Tale already covered that idea; this doesn't really add ...more
Heather Wood
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although I’ve never read The Handmaid’s Tale, I know of the plot. Deliver Me has similar themes and readers will be horrified over the things Wynne and the rest of the women of the Union must endure. It was a good read with an ending filled with possibility.

The dystopian society where best friends Wynne and Odessa live is terrifying. Women are groomed to become carriers of the next generation and those not chosen are assigned jobs as servants. Wynne is not chosen as a Carrier, but her best frien
Kate Friday
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-audiobook
I enjoyed the story for the most part, unfortunately they never explained the reasons why this particular dystopia exists and it ended very abruptly. The narrator was easy to listen to and I enjoyed passing the time away while at work.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
Typical teen dystopian story, nothing original. I got completely bored to death by the 75% mark and had to push through the ending.
May 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book seems like a ripoff of The Handmaids Tale. Instead of Gilead it is the union and carriers in place of handmaidens. I like the story so far but I am still questioning where are the men. Anika is definitely a spiteful witch. The fertility ceremony is exactly like the visits from the Commander. The relationship between Odessa and Wynne is way too familiar, friends should not know the every inch of your naked body. This is creepy and twisted, so what if they grew up together. Odessa is a r ...more
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Has a vibe kind of like the giver at the beginning. Interesting story.
Athena Wolff
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.7 stars
Nadine Riches
Finally, finally, a book where the oppressed female characters get themselves out of dodge without the help of a man.
Christianna Marks
You can read this and many other reviews on my YA book blog The White Unicorn!

An Open Letter To Deliver Me,

I didn't go into reading you thinking that you were going to be a book that swept me off my feet, in fact I didn't give it much thought, but now I can't stop thinking about you. You posed so many questions about the human condition and the quiet strength that we all have inside of us. You made me bawl my eyes out at one point and that doesn't happen very often. You gave me this terrifying
The Novel Eater
Overall Read or Don’t Read: READ

Author: Kate Jarvik Birch

Star Rating: 6

Content: Mild references, necessary to story, not excessive adult type content


I just realized this is the same author as the novel "Perfected" which I read last month some time. A couple of my frustrations were similar in that book. Overall, I liked this book. Not too much fluff, every chapter was important in moving the story forward. I love a good dystopian featuring the birthing rituals. The protagonist (
Ashley Ferguson
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this book from Bloomsbury Spark in exchange for an honest review*

I read The Handmaid's Tale for my one of my AP English classes in high school, and it's been one of those books that's just stuck with me ever since. It's haunting and terrifying and yet somehow empowering in a strange, convoluted way. I also believe it's one of those books that not enough people have read. So when I saw Deliver Me called "The Handmaid's Tale" for a new generation, I knew I had to read it. And I was no
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
My favorite of her books so far.
Chloe ♥︎
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia-fic, 2015
I found this short novel to be an interesting riff on the dystopian genre. It reminded me in many ways of The Handmaid's Tale viewed through the eyes of someone other than a Handmaid. (Disclaimer: Handmaid's tale is in my top five books of all time, and I reread it once a year!)

The protagonist in this book was well defined and an actual strong woman character. Not strong because she had to "fight," but because there was a full characterization with emotions and motivations that really allowed yo
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has obliterated my sanity!

At first I thought it wasn´t much inventive, seemed to be a copycat, but then through the book, the characters and the building of the story it became much more.

The government in this book has established a cruel way to treat their people and exploit them, removing them from their basic rights for the greater good of the Union. They somehow have brainwash all the people, especially the girls to go along.

This world is seen through Wynne's POV, which is kind of
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very predictable. Seemed like a take-off of The Handmaid's Tale. I liked her trilogy Perfected, but this book seemed very basic. ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
hard read. especially for someone who's been through sexual trauma or kids who've been abandoned ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia-sci-fi
This had a very interesting premise, but it fell a little short for me.

What really, really bothered me the most here has to do with the world building. It is made very clear at the beginning that not all women are allowed to have children. This is a society where love does not exist. What we are not told, however (or we are and I missed it) is why only some women have children. Is it because of a scarcity of resources? Is it another way to control them? The fact that this question remained unans
Rachel Dahle
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. With a bad title, this book surprises. It is really good! There are so many great things about Deliver Me. First of all, the writing is excellent. The main character Wynne's thoughts are conveyed well, as is the narration of what goes on around her. It is a balance of action, sadness, longing, and character development. The dystopian world Kate J. Birch made is fascinating. What would it be like to grow up segregated from men, being trained for a test that has many results, but you on ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
There I was, chugging along and vaguely enjoying this perfectly inoffensive - if not immensely original - YA dystopian entry when 70 percent of the way through we're introduced to a male character (with floppy hair!) for the sole purpose of 'no homo'-ing the protagonist and her relationship with her best friend. She talks to him for about two pages, thinks about wanting to touch his face, and then mentally recalls him every time a character discusses love for the rest of the book just so her str ...more
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 ish. I'm kind of conflicted with this novel. I really enjoyed the premise, and the author's style was very good, however I think this book had too many loose ends that the author failed to tie together properly. A lot of questions were left unanswered: Are the carriers basically prostitutes for the military men? Are the fathers chosen in a similar way to the mothers? What about Wynne's mother? Those are only a few questions this book failed to answer, oh that and the Hollis affair. Is that a ...more
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: requested, netgalley
I gave it 3.5 stars

DELIVER ME reminded me a little of the Eve Series by Anna Carey, but instead the girls WANT to be be used for their uterus and live in luxury. When Wynne doesn't make it as one of the revered carriers she is crushed. She soon finds out being chosen isn't all its cracked up to be and is intent on helping her best friend Odessa escape the life before its to late.

I liked the characters and I liked the pace of the story but there was a lot of background to cover and it felt like i
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic, exciting story! I loved the dystopian setting. I really liked the heroine, Wynne, and her deep friendship with other characters. The premise was chilling and maybe not suitable for upper elementary and middle school YA readers. I think the topic is an excellent one for high school YA readers and especially female teens should gain a sense of empowerment from the heroine. Although not necessary since this book had a very satisfying conclusion, I sincerely hope there will be a se ...more
Deana The  Queen
This was a really nice start to a new dystopian series. Wynne and her BFF Odessa dream of nothing more than being chosen as Carriers when they turn 16 - women selected to carry on their people by having babies. When Odessa is chosen and Wynne is not, Wynne learns to live with the fact that the life of luxury of a carrier is beyond her now. This comes as a blessing in disguise, however, when she ends up caring for the Carriers and learns how horrid their life really is. I would have liked to have ...more
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Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist, author, playwright, daydreamer, and professional procrastinator. As a child, she wanted to grow up to be either a unicorn or mermaid. Luckily, being a writer turned out to be just as magical. Her essays and short stories have been published in literary journals including Indiana Review and Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband ...more

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