- Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 197mm | 256g
- Publication date: 26 March 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0749011858
- ISBN 13: 9780749011857
- Sales rank: 67,676
Words are the most dangerous weapon of all...Seventeen-year-old Charlaina knows she has exceptional but perilous powers. In the far future, in a land controlled by an aged and ruthless queen, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. Even acknowledging a member of the ruling class while they are speaking their native tongue is punishable by death. Charlie can understand all languages, a secret she must protect to stay alive. When she meets the alluringly handsome Max, who speaks in a language she hasn't heard before, she is intensely attracted to him. Max believes that Charlie is the key to something bigger and he pledges to protect her. But as war descends, can she trust him?
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By Sarah Martin 21 Oct 2014
Pledge tells the story of Charlaina, a 17 year old girl who lives in the violent, controlling country of ludania where the different social/economical classes are separated by the language they speak. Apart from the English which everyone speaks, all ludania residents only understand and speak to family and friends in their native class tongue, but charlaina is different she can understand all languages.
Having this extra gift has been a lifelong curse for charlaina as any sign of understanding another classes tongue is punishable by death.
Everyday Charlaina works in her families restaurant which has customers from all social classes. As charlaina can understand all the customer conversations she battles to bite her tongue when they make nasty remarks.
To let of steam one night charlaina goes to an underground club with her best friend, while there she meets a handsome boy named max, for the first time she hears a language she's unfamiliar with, who is this guy? And what is that la gnu age he spoke? These are the questions that start charlaina on her turbulent journey to save the people of ludania.
I really enjoyed the pledge, it was fast paced, edgy with a touch of romance. I enjoyed seeing each character develop and bonds cement throughout the story, there are even some friendships formed in unlikely places.
The story was well written and kept my attention throughout, for this I can't wait to continue the series.
I hope this review has helped you, can you please rate it positively if you liked it as it really means a lot to me, Many Thanks for reading:)
By Moodyno1 21 Jun 2013
Favourite Quote: "I loved voices, I always had. Words held meaning, but voices held emotion."
I love Kimberly Derting's Bod Finder series so when I discovered she was writinga dystopian series, I knew I had to have it! I have to admit I was disappointed in this book and I give it 3/5 stars.
Let's start with the plot, I loved the beginning of the novel, it held such promise but then the middle section came and the plot just became so boring, and I guessed the main twist of the story. However the end section of the novel was fantistic, really loved it. There were some twists in the story that I didn't guess and that was good, and I think If the middle section was better then my rating for this book would have been higher!
The character's were another issue with me, they were okay, nothing great. The main characters were just so under developed and I had a hard time connecting with them, the only characters I really liked were Xander, Angelina and Brooklyn. There was also insta-love when it came to Charlie and Max, I cannot stand insta- love so that make the rating lower.
Overall The Pledge was an okay book, some parts were awesome but the majority wasn't, and the characters could have been better. However I do think I will continue with the series to see if the plot and characters improve!
By Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page) 26 Apr 2012
I wasn't sure what to expect from Kimberly Derting's The Pledge. The premise of it sounded absolutely fantastic, but I didn't know whether it'd be able to hold my attention - it sounded slightly confusing, what with the mish-mash of themes. There is a feel to this book that I haven't experienced with others and I found it difficult to categorise it. There are both dystopian and historical elements to this book as well as others and thankfully, they all worked together in a very interesting and compelling way.
The story is set in Ludania, a country which is divided by the different languages that the different classes speak. The country is overruled by a tyrannical Queen who has no hesitation to execute anyone who looks into the eye of someone who speaks a different language to their own. We soon discover that our main character, Charlaina (Charlie), has the ability to understand every language, which is deathly dangerous. Things start to get slightly confusing for Charlie when she meets two guys - Max and Xander. Max seems to know something about Charlie, and it's not just her ability to comprehend different languages. The story gets very addictive as things start to unravel and we get to learn more about Charlie, the Royalty and the society in general. The setting, plot and subplots were very inventive and enthralling.
All of the characters in this book were mysterious. Although the characters certainly weren't poorly developed, it was clear that we weren't getting the full picture which was very intriguing. I really liked Charlie - she wasn't overly confident, nor was she a pushover, she was just like an average teenage girl, but one with a secret. Her relationship with her family felt natural, despite it being strained due to her 'gift'. Angelina, Charlie's younger and mute sister, was certainly special - I adored her and her bond with Charlie. Angelina's development is something that I can't wait to see. I loved Charlie's best male friend too, Aron, and it's a shame we didn't get to hear that much from him, I'd love to see him developed more in the next books. I didn't, however, like her best girl friend, Brooklyn (Brook), all that much. I found Brook to be a little too out-there and she didn't seem very loyal - I certainly wouldn't want to be friends with her. I also found her transformation to be unrealistic, one of the weak points of the book. I did find the love interest, Max, to be a bit one-dimensional - the storyline seemed to take more of a lead than his character development, and perhaps his romance with Charlie was a little too fast. Both Max and Xander were fascinating though and so I'd love to find out more about them.
The Pledge has given me a great introduction to a very different setting and to some characters with great potential. This is the book by Kimberly Derting that I've read, but it certainly will not be the last! She has a fantastic imagination and I can't wait to delve deeper inside it with the next instalment of this series. This is a book that I'd recommend to anyone who likes young adult literature, regardless of whether you prefer historical, dystopian or other story lines - this series will hopefully appeal to most of you. I am really looking forward to seeing how this series will progress.
'Derting's remarkably original and deliciously romantic dystopian, The Pledge, unfolds at a breakneck pace. I held my breath until the very last page and am already desperate for more!' Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author