The Pledge

The Pledge

3.79 (28,598 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.79 (28,598 ratings by Goodreads)

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In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, 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. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she's never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom....
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 145 x 211 x 33mm | 408g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1442422017
  • 9781442422018
  • 129,596

Review quote

Derting's chilling dystopia envisions an America ruled by monarchy, most of its cities razed, and its citizens straitjacketed in a caste system divided by language...[and is] right on when depicting the bonds of family, friendship, and first love.--Publishers Weekly
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28,598 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 29% (8,195)
4 35% (10,010)
3 25% (7,264)
2 8% (2,352)
1 3% (777)

Our customer reviews

THE PLEDGE pairs dystopian setting with a classical form of government, the monarchy. Kimberly Derting takes us to a future world ruled by Queen Sabara. To the land of Ludania, where people are divided by their language. They could be executed if they ever try to speak or understand another than their own language. Those numerous languages were occasionally mentioned, unfortunately we don�t get a sample of their sounds. It�s an interesting concept that Kimberly Derting gave a woman the power to rule the kingdom and decide over life and death. We are fast introduced to all the rules and restrictions determining daily life of citizens and our heroine Charlaina. She understands every language and that mystery really got me. How come she can do that? I was so eager to find out what was behind that special ability of hers. The story is told from two point of views. Our main character is Charlie who tells the story in the perspective of 1st person narrator. Then we got a third person POV of the Queen which creates a great contrast between protagonist and antagonist. It took some time for the story to lure me in. Since that one point where a few secrets and a growing romance start becoming a more dominant part of the story, I got more involved in Charlie's story. Unfortunately sometimes the love story between Charlie and that guy, Max, felt a bit too vague. Kimberly Derting captures the moment of Charlie being on the fence about her growing feelings for Max, but at some point Charlie�s struggles were just too much for me to take any longer. It was not that turbulent and cute love story that I�m a fan of, but effortlessly fit the overall style of THE PLEDGE. THE PLEDGE shows that the same author can write books that couldn�t be more different. I�m a huge fan of Kimberly Derting�s THE BODY FINDER series and am a bit spoiled when it comes to mystery-action factor and super sweet romance. THE PLEDGE is much slower in pace and even Kimberly�s writing, which I know is really really good, didn�t feel that impressive in her first book in the THE PLEDGE series. 3,5/5 ***/* THE PLEDGE- A dystopian read, highlighted by historical character! THE PLEDGE is definitely no comparison to Kimberly Derting�s THE BODY FINDER series, which is one of my favourites. Several moments of surprise, a well developed course of actions and the general good intuition for an interesting world though, make THE PLEDGE a book worth giving a more
by MissPageTurner
4.5 stars 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!show more
by I\'m Loving Books
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 more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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 more
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