Author: Caragh O'Brien
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 2nd 2011
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IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future.I was very excited to get my hands on Birthmarked, I got to read the first chapter as a sample when I took a quiz over at the Simon and Schuster's Australian facebook page. I was hooked and couldn't wait to see what would happen next, so I quickly made my order for the beautiful paperback edition and waited.
In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother's footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be "advanced" into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.
A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.
It wasn't long until I had Birthmarked, although I don't know if it was the mood I was in at the time, but I read it quite slowly, at times I was glued to the page and other times I had to put it down and have a break.
Gaia was a good character, she wasn't drop dead gorgeous, but a young heroine with scars on the inside and outside of her body, I think that she had an amazing inner beauty and was such a kind hearted person who would stand up for what she believed in.. Although I admit at times I just wanted to shake and and yell at her to mooove!
Leon, was an indecisive idiot (albeit a very yummy one) at the the start of the book, and I wanted to slap him around a bit too, but once he got his act together ooh boy it got good! Gaia and Leon make such a fantastic team that I can't wait to see how Caragh will develop that in (hopefully) Prized and the future books.
Birthmarked isn't centered around the romance, in all honestly it's barely there at all, and at the start you wonder if it will even be there. I swear at times I wasn't even sure that Caragh would take Gaia down that path at all, but in the end I liked the development, even if at times I thought it was painstakingly slow, it suited Gaia.
The ending just about killed me, I pre-ordered Prized as soon as I'd finished reading it and I've been dying to read it since, I'm actually quite shocked that I haven't pounced on its pages already, but I suppose I'll wait a bit longer, and torture myself.
All up Birthmarked was a fantastic dystopian world drenched in secrets, strange customs and societies with a feeling of much more lurking right under the surface, I'm insanely interested and equally terrified to see what Caragh has install for us all next!
By Caragh O'Brien
By Caragh O'Brien
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