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The Pledge

The Pledge

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By (author) Kimberly Derting

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 323 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 25mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1442422025
  • ISBN 13: 9781442422025
  • Sales rank: 54,817

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A "gripping dystopian fantasy" (Kirkus Reviews") that brims with romance and suspense, from the author of The Body Finder." In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines your class, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place--looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she's been hiding her whole life. The only reprieve from oppression is within the drug-filled underground club scene. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she's never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. As the violent clashes between the totalitarian monarchy and the rebel forces escalate, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible grip of a deadly regime. Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder series, writes powerfully and movingly of a girl with dangerous powers in an unusual and expertly crafted setting.

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"Though not strictly dystopian (this book is more of a unique blend of dystopian, fantasy, and fairy tale), "The Pledge" certainly has all the earmarks that fans of "The Hunger Games" will enjoy. Derting has created truly one of the most original stories I've seen hit the YA shelves in a long time -- crafting her own genre out of existing themes, and weaving together a story that will keep you up late into the night reading."--The Examiner