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Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
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Feb 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read on April 22, 2012

I enjoyed this book without finding it overly gripping. I actually put it down 20 pages before the end and went to bed! The characters were likeable and realistic. The post-climate change world depicted is eerily familiar in many ways (particularly the Un-lake Superior). The mix of highly advanced genetic research and raw, overly simplistic political power was oddly conflicting. I never felt convinced that the problem faced by the Enclave or the extreme measures taken by the Protectorate to solve those problems were very convincing. Overall, the book didn't have a great deal of action. The action that did occur was rather drawn out. Although I wanted to read more, it would not have been a big struggle to walk away for a time. The most engaging part of the book was the family relations (long-lost siblings found) and the quiet romance going on that may be the only reason I read the second book of the series.
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