The Compulsive Reader: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Living in a dangerous world controlled by a weak, desperate queen, Charlie is harboring a dangerous secret. In her world, classes are drawn and enforced by the language you speak, and it is a crime punishable by death to know a language other than your own. Charlie doesn't just know another class's language—she knows them all. It's a difficult ability to hide, and her life depends on appearing ignorant. But one night, at an underground club, Charlie meets an intriguing young man, Max, who seems different from everyone else. This is quickly proven when she catches him speaking a language she's never heard before. Their encounter isn't by chance, and soon Charlie's world will be turned upside down.

The Pledge is a dark and magical book with a very unique concept. Derting’s world, which is a blend of dystopia and fantasy, is dangerous and full of hidden tunnels and carefully kept secrets that Charlie is slowly exposed to soon after meeting Max. Her family has sacrificed a great deal to keep her secret safe throughout her life, so she's always cautious, but she soon gets sucked into a conflict much bigger than herself. There are more than a few shocking surprises along the way—people who aren't at all what they appear, long-kept family secrets, and other secret abilities—that keep this book suspenseful and intriguing, and the threat of a queen who will stop at nothing to get what she wants is chilling. The book ends with a satisfying, open ending that will leaves room for a sequel in which hopefully many unanswered questions and unresolved issues will be addressed. The Pledge is an interesting departure from Derting's other work, but it is unique and promising.

Cover Comments: I absolutely love this cover! How the girl's face is partially obscured, how the title is displayed, the darkness of it--it's so intriguing and mysterious! I think that this is one that a LOT of people will be drawn to!

The Pledge will be released on November 15th!

ARC provided by publisher.


Samantha (A Dream of Books) said...

I really want to read this book. I loved her Body Finders series and this new offering sounds great!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you have so many good things to say about this book. I'm really intrigued by it but it's a bit out of my comfort zone so I wasn't sure about it.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

I really loved this book! It wasn't what I expected--a lot more fantasy than I'd originally thought--but so awesome. Is there another book coming? Is this a series?

And, I'm with you--the cover really drew me in.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I loved the idea of language determining class. In a lot of ways, it's not so different from the way we treat each other sometimes, you know?

Anonymous said...

Not many books have open endings that are satisfying, so I think this book sounds good just by having an open ending that is satisfying. I love open endings, and nothing leaves me wanting more than endings that are satisfying.

Christina Kit. said...

I like the idea of languages creating a social class barrier.

Kind of like literacy now and for the past centuries. If you could read and write, and controlled info, you had power.

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LoriStrongin said...

Despite some less-than-enthused reviews I've read on this one, I remained intrigued and enthusiastic. I love the idea of language itself being a plot point--can't say I've ever seen language and translation given such importance in a YA novel.

Thanks for the review!