The Pledge by Kimberly Derting: Book Review

the pledgeTitle: The Pledge

Author: Kimberly Derting

Started Date:  April 18, 2013

Finished Date: April 20, 2013

Rating: 4/5 stars


Summary from 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.”



Captivating. Moving. Engaging. This is a really good dystopian world. However, I was a bit surprised to know that it has fantasy in it. It reminds me somehow of Cinder by Marissa Meyer, they both have the same heroine, hero and villain qualities.

This book is hard to review without spilling some spoilers. Ugh. It has all a dystopian world can have – war, resistance, ruler, and danger. It’s one dangerous world. But I love everything about it. I can’t believe how I easily became attached with all the characters. Charlie, the girl with a secret she must protect because it will mean death to her. Max, it’s too obvious, who he really he is. Oh my, I can’t help but fall in love with. Especially when he said to her, “I pledge to keep you safe”. It means so much. There are also other characters: Angelina, Charlie’s sister, is one powerful little girl. I think I like her more than Charlie. Haha. Brooklyn, her bestfriend, I’m surprised with her secret. Xander also surprised me. I don’t know, maybe my guessing skill is not that good to predict the whole book. LOL.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book to all who love dystopian stories. 😉




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