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Prized by Caragh M. O'Brien
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Jan 19, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: read-in-2012, dystopia, could-ve-been-but-wasn-t, dazed-and-confused, content-advisory, romance, mystery, ya, reviewed
Read from January 27 to February 02, 2012

Unfortunately, I've already returned the book and lost my notes so this review may not be as thorough as I would like. However, I guess it says something if I can't even remember the character's names...

Unlike it's predecessor Prized was such a disappointment. Everything I had loved about Birthmarked was lost and gone amuck in Prized.

Gaia, whose confidence and defiance, defined Birthmarked is now lost. As she escapes her past life to the unknown wild lands beyond, Gaia finds herself stranded in Sylum where women rule and hold all political power. As Gaia becomes more trapped in their society, she must decide what she must do to survive.

Sylum: Women are the minority here and yet they hold all the power. A "matriarch" rules and men do not have political vote. And yes, it's quite obvious where the story will go with this which is interesting in the sense that the roles/society are reversed...although, I never really felt very much sympathy for the men.

Gaia: Like I said, in the 1st book, Gaia was very stubborn and headstrong, and such an admirable character. In this one, it was like she was on a strong dose of PMS. Her emotions were all over the place. She must have been drugged because her behavior was so erratic: I like him; no, I don't like him; I have to keep secrets; no, I don't keep secrets; etc...

Leon: I think Leon was drugged too. His relationship with Gaia was so up and down and up and down that I din't even want Gaia and Leon to be with each other. "I like you; no, I hate you; but I really like you; I don't think I like you." And here's a glimpse into Gaia's psychology: (view spoiler) Ugh...

Basically, the whole story was full of a little too much estrogen. Imagine yourself PMSing all the time: behavior that doesn't make sense, emotions all over the board...it was kind of like that. And just like the relief you get after that "week" is all over? It was kind of like that too.
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01/28/2012 page 45
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