(The Pledge #1)
by Kimberly Derting
Publication Date: November 15th, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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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. (Goodreads)
I found the characters in the story to be likeable, but they didn’t really grab me like I kept expecting them to. I thought that the main character, Charlaina, (aka. Charlie) was a very strong character. However, we really don’t get to see too many different sides of her, so I didn’t really connect with her. The guys in the story were fairly interesting. Without going into too much detail, I would totally choose Xander over Max. (But that’s just me!) The secondary characters were likeable, but I would have love to see more depth to them. Especially the Queen; we don’t see nearly enough of her, and I was really curious about her.
The one character that I loved, who really stood out in the book for me, was Charlie’s sister, Angelina. While only being 4 years old, she was quite a mystery. The more I read, the more I loved her, and wanted to know more about her. I really hope we see a bigger role for her in the next book.
The storyline for the book was very interesting, and it kept my attention for the most part. There were a few slow places, but this was still a really quick read. I really enjoyed the descriptions of how the world was during this time; I could picture it quite easily in my mind.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty interesting read. I’m looking forward to seeing where the series takes us in the next books.