Summary via 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.
I devoured Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder. It was one of my all-time favorite books so when I found out that she has a new book coming up, I was beyond excited!
First of all, can I just say that The Pledge‘s prologue was amazing! After I read it, my jaw literally dropped both in amazement and shock. And it was effective because it ignited the curiosity in me.
Apart from knowing that Derting is the author, The Pledge‘s premise is the one that got me anticipating for the book. The plot was very original and authentic. The setting was incredible and convincing. There is always something happening and get your brain thinking. Furthermore, the characterization was also very well-balanced and wonderfully written. Even though there were some parts in the story that were a teeny bit predictable, I was nonetheless intrigued and hooked up most especially by Charlie’s secret. I love Charlie, by the way. She’s a great protagonist and her littler sister, Angelina was soo adorable! I’m also relieved that their parents, who are very affectionate and compassionate, are present. I mean, most of the dystopian books I’ve read the protagonist’s parents are either both dead or the one parent is deceased. So I thought that aspect was kind of refreshing for a change. One of my favorite aspect of the story was the way Charlie and her family deeply cares and loves one another. It felt very heart-warming.
I love all of the characters in this story. They’re all dynamic and very engaging. Her best friend Brook and Aron are both likable and they complement very well with Charlie. And Max. I can only sigh. I’m utterly inlove with him! Their chemistry sent my heart racing and the way he cares about Charlie is just soo romantic and felt genuine. Another reason why I enjoy The Pledge is because of the complex and enigmatic demeanor of the Queen. I love to hate her! She’s really effective and she’s definitely one of my favorite villains from now on.
Bottomline, The Pledge is an astonishing read with great and authentic characters. I thought the ending was fitting yet left me wondering what happen on the next book. I’m giving this a strong 4 out of 5 stars and I definitely recommend this to all hard core Kimberly Derting fans and Dystopian readers.
*I received this e-galley from publisher, Margaret K. Elderry, via S&S Galley Grab.