Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
Series: Birthmarked #1
Published by Roaring Brook Press on March 30th 2010
After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopian world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It’s Gaia’s job to “advance” a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the night one agonized mother objects, and Gaia’s parents are arrested.
Badly scarred since childhood, Gaia is a strong, resourceful loner who begins to question her society. As Gaia’s efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she herself is arrested and imprisoned.
Fraught with difficult moral choices and rich with intricate layers of codes, Birthmarked explores a colorful, cruel, eerily familiar world where one girl can make all the difference, and a real hero makes her own moral code.
Short and Sweet: I am a dystopian junky. No matter how hard I try to get away from these type of books… they just keep pulling me back in. When Birthmarked first released, I was dying to get my hands on it. Months later, I have finally had the chance to get my hands on it. First impression? Birthmarked was certainly worth the wait. A brave character. An enticing world. A romance that was a sweet as it was frustrating. Yep, I am sure glad I had a chance to dive into these pages.
Final Verdict: A very satisfying dystopian. Well-written with plenty of action and romance. And an ending that made me want more. O'Brien certainly impressed me. If you have not given Birthmarked a try, you are missing out on something special. I cannot wait for the sequel!
Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.
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