Sunday, April 25, 2010

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

Grade: A+

IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future.

Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaia’s mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.

Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 5/10
Voice: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 65/ 70

Obtained: Publisher
Age Appropriate? PG-13
Cussing: Some
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: I don't think so...
Sexual Content: None
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Hangings, taking babies away from their mothers, prisons, death, etc.

This book was awesome... I completely devoured it.

O'Brien creates a cruel, cruel world, but intriguing never the less. Her use of imagery scratches the Enclave into my mind and makes sure it will never be erased. I could smell the baking bread, feel the rain on my face, and hear the new born baby's cry.

Gaia was a perfect protagonist to lead this story... a strong, courageous, and righteous female character. Watching her journey unwind held me constantly on my toes. And the change she went through from the beginning of the story to the end was masterfully done, believable and honest. All the characters were well developed, and so interesting to read about.

The last thing I must address is the ending: devastating and hopeful all at the same time, and so heartbreaking it hurt. I'm not sure how much I liked the ending, but at the same time, I've got to respect an author who doesn't make everything turn out happily ever after. Still... I want a sequel!

Birthmarked is an incredible debut. If you like a dangerous adventure, breathtaking romance, and incredible characters... read it.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review. I think I am going to run to my library right now and order this.


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