The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
- Pub. Date:November 2011
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
- Pages: 336
- Series: The Pledge #1
First Sentence: The air crackled like a gathering thunderstorm the moment the girl entered the chamber.
Review: I was thrown into a world full of danger and dark secrets. I loved The Pledge and couldn't tear myself away from it. I literally finished it in one sitting. Derting is an amazing writer and the characters, the world building, the alternating point of views everything was pulled off very well.
Charlaina ( Charlie ) can understand all languages which is pretty awesome except for the fact she lives in a world in which it is against the law to know a language above your class and if you do you get executed. Charlie was as real as they can get, she was a believable character with fears and faults. I also adored her relationship with her little sister, who also like our protagonist had secrets which needed to be hidden.
Then there was Max he was full of surprises and very swoon worthy. I didn't know what to make of him in the beginning but I enjoyed learning more about him side by side with Charlie.
One thing I have to admit as much as I loved pretty much all of the characters including the evil queen, I fell more in love with the world Derting created. It was interesting to read about a place in which women are the rulers while the men are on the sidelines, then there was the fact that you are only allowed to speak the language of your class and you can never escape it. I would personally never want to live in a world like that but it was the world in which they lived that really engrossed me to the point where I did not want to put the book down.
Overall this is a must read if you love Dystopian novels, although it does dip a little into the fantasy genre as well.