The Pledge (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Pledge In a dystopian kingdom where the classes are separated by the languages they speak, Charlaina "Charlie" Hart has a secret gift that is revealed when she meets a mysterious young man named Max.
- Published: 15 November 2011
- Format: Hardback 323 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781442422018 ISBN 10: 1442422017
- Sales rank: 36,042
Reviews for The Pledge
Review from I'm Loving Books Blog
Ludania is a country made up of classes kind of like we have in our world -- upper, middle, and lower. But the similarities end there. The classes in Ludania are very strict and you are not really allowed to mingle with another class -- right down to there being completely separate languages within the upper classes just to segregate those below them in rank. But while the upper classes may seem to rule the society, they are all ruled by a single queen, and this queen is not a softy.
When I first dived into The Pledge, I was excited because a few friends had told me it was very good. But then again there were also some not-so-good reviews for it as well. So going in I wasn't sure what to expect entirely. The common trend with the negative reviews though seemed to be when comparing it to Derting's Body Finder series. But I haven't read her Body Finder series yet (although it's on my list), so I didn't have that to compare it to. Perhaps that's a good thing because I really loved this book.
This was a book that was very hard for me to put down once I picked it up. It's fast-paced for most of the book, which I really liked. Ludania is sort of in the middle of a revolution, so there's a lot of external stuff going on outside of Charlie's personal life. Of course, her own little world is about to collide with the big one around her, but that's for you to discover if you decide to read this book. But anyways, I loved the pacing and the writing style flowed very well and was easy to get hooked into.
Charlie was sort of your typical underdog heroine in the beginning. She has the oh-so-pretty friend who get's all the guys' attention and Charlie's left in the shadows. It's been a bit overdone, but I think that's because most of us have felt that way at one point or another so it's easy to relate to. But Charlie holds her own too. She may be of a lower class and she may be the underdog of her little clique, but she's strong and level-headed. She's a good person and being inside her head was a pleasure.
Of course, the nice thing about this book is that we get more than just Charlie's point-of-view. We get several others as well. My other favorite would probably be Max. I really loved his character. He's very sweet and romantic and even though Charlie pushes him away for pretty valid trust reasons, he doesn't give up, which I loved.
So overall I really enjoyed this one and had a hard time putting it down. I was thinking it was five-star material for most of the book, but the ending felt a little too abrupt for me. Although there will be more books in the series and it didn't really leave off with a cliffhanger. But I still felt like the ending was kind of rushed compared to the pacing in the rest of the book. Even so, I loved it overall and I will definitely be reading on in the series! by I'm Loving Books
Review from Blkosiner's Book Blog
Once I started reading The Pledge, I couldn't stop! I didn't think that I would like this book as much as I did, because something about the description of the language barrier in the blurb didn't connect with me, but once I started reading Charlie's story, I fell in love with her character and had to know more.
Derting is a master of characters, I was suspicious yet charmed by Max, fiercely wanting to protect Angelina, and not only that, she is great at giving only the information you need in that moment, and not a smidge more to keep me asking questions, being surprised, and needing to know more.
The world building and the pacing was great, and this makes me think that I have really missed something by not reading The Body Finder.
There were so many things that I wasn't expecting that effected the storyline and it's a pleasant surprised to be completely blindsided by things like that when I can sometimes sniff a dystopia "twist" a mile away.
If you like fantasy or dystopias, then I recommend to give The Pledge a chance, you might fall in love like I did. by Brandi Kosiner
In the violent country of Ludania, where merely looking at someone who speaks a different language than you can condemn you to the gallows, Charlie lives in fear of her neighbors discovering her unique ability to understand all languages. When she meets a boy who speaks a language she has never heard before, Charlie is swept up into centuries old intrigue and a forbidden romance. by Safari