Series: The Pledge (#1)
Published:15th November 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Soundtrack: Eivor (every album)
Goodreads:“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.”
Reading my third Kimberly Derting series opposes no challenge at all.
As usual, her writing is compelling, you don’t really need to read half of the book to finally get into it, 30 or so pages are enough to know this book will be one amazing read.
Ludania is a country ruled by a very old, yet still very lucid and scary queen, a country that is constantly threatened by rebels and the neighboring countries. And in Ludania lives the seventeen-year-old Charlaina, Charlie, who possesses a strange skill, a skill that must be hidden at all costs from everyone and everything. Moreover, in Ludania, its population is divided into classes, which have their own language. It is strictly forbidden for people of the lower classes, like Charlie to speak or understand other languages but their own. Lower classes are only allowed to speak Englaise, the universal language and one or two dialects. Which is why Charlie’s talent must be hidden at all costs… Charlie can understand any form of communication, even if she hasn’t ever heard it before. This talent of hers makes her vulnerable, she must pretend she doesn’t understand any language bu her own, no matter how hard it may be.
Brooklyn, Charlie’s best friends convinces her to go out at night, to some club, there they see the three handsome men they had first seen at the restaurant, owned by Charlie’s parents. Once Charlie approaches Brooklyn, to ask her to leave, she hears something quite disturbing in a language she had never heard… she panics and makes Brooklyn leave. Although she thought nobody had taken a notice… someone did, that someone being the handsome Max, who she later finds out to be someone very important to the Kingdom.
Then there’s Xander, the mysterious man she meets at the club, he is scary and seems to know everything about her.
I enjoyed reading this book, it’s pretty fluid, although I have to admit it wasn’t one of my favorite ones by Kimberly Derting. The Taking and especially The Body Finder series were near perfection. I’m not so sure about The Pledge.
When I finished reading The Pledge I asked myself whether I would read the second one or not. I probably will, but not now.
In my opinion, there was something that this book is missing… Perhaps the problem is with the main character? Or the story itself? I have no idea, because that’s the thing, I enjoyed the book, but I do think it had the potential to be an awesome read and when I finished it I didn’t feel that way. I expected to be one of those “life-altering” reads, but this one wasn’t. In fact, The Pledge was just another book I’ve read.