In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.
Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.
ReadingNook Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I loved Kimberly Dertings Body Finder series, so I was super excited to get my hands on a copy of the Pledge, and the verdict is that I loved it. It was so unique as far as dystopians go, and had a bit of an old-world feel with the class system and the monarchy that exsists.
This book could have definitely been a stand-alone, but I'm glad that it's not. I say it could be a stand-alone because the story wrapped up nicely and didn't end on a huge cliff-hanger as most series books do. I'm happy it's a series though because I think Kimberly can build up this world as well as the characters and really make something spectacular.
I love Kimberly's writing style, and I feel like I usually fly right through them, and want more from her! She's quickly becoming a favorite author of mine, and her books are those that are on auto-buy for me. She dosen't let me down, and this novel is no exception.
If you're a fan of dystopians and even historical fiction (this isn't historical fiction, but has that old-world feel) then your in for a treat with this book. The only reason it didn't recieve 5 stars is because I wanted more world-building and character development and I'm hoping we'll get more of that in the second book.