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.
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. Deviations from the limitations of one's caste are punishable by death. Rebels threaten the authority of an aged, amoral queen, who in the opening scene murders her daughter to assume control of the younger body. That body has now reached its limits, and another host is required. Seventeen-year-old Charlie Hart doesn't know anything about this; she is coping with totalitarianism as best she can and keeping her one secret that she can instinctively understand the languages of every caste, even the royal dialect. Not even her best friend Brooklynn knows, but now strangers suspect her, notably Max, a beautiful, frightening man who believes Charlie could be the key to changing their society. But can Charlie trust him? Frequent perspective shifts give the narrative a certain busyness, and the absolute, unrealistic limitations on language have the artificiality of a thought experiment. But Derting (Desires of the Dead) is right on when depicting the bonds of family, friendship, and first love. Ages 14 up.
If you were a fan of Derting's The Body Finder you'll love The Pledge!
I loooovvvvveeeddd this book- i am currently reading the pretty little liars series(and i am on ruthless) but i decided to branch out and try a new book!!! Best choice ever! I read this book in 6 hours!!! Sooo addicting- i hope it turns into a series with more books! I am not ready for this story to end! If you like sorta modern world queendoms (kingdoms) with lots of teen love stories and reall life wars (with bombs) than this is the book for you!!!
This book was perfect in almost every way.Im not to big on Kings and Queens kind of books but this one was just intresting from beginning to the end i finished this book in 4 days. :D
I cant wait to read more from the author. 5 stars.!