Series: Birthmarked #2
Published by Roaring Brook Press on November 8th 2011
Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole.
I was really looking forward to this book, having enjoyed the first so much and knew this one would be even better.
I loved the first book, but this one was so different and made me think a bit of Blood Red Road (which I loved) but with less violence. I loved the mystery behind why people could not leave the village that Gaia discovered and how she went about solving the dilemma. The village itself was so unique and filled with intriguing characters and customs.
The plot was steady, filled with drama, romance, and mystery. I feel like this is one of the rare books that takes a second novel and almost reshapes it into something so different from the first one. I love that the plot wasn't very reliant on the first book except for relationships really.
Definitely a fantastic sequel that takes you into a different environment from the first book and really lures you into the storyline with a sense of mystery.
Love Birthmarked. Loved it! With the ending kinda being up in the air, I could not wait to get to Prized.
Prized blew my mind. Simply blew it.
Gaia has finally braved the Wastelands. And instead of finding the uptopian society that she dreams of… she finds Sylum. A world in which women are in charge. All should be perfect right? Not so much.
It is rare that I ever come across a sequel that makes me want to shout from the rooftops how amazing it was. But Prized made me want to do that. After reading Birthmarked I was hoping that Prized would at least be on par. But it was so much better. As much as I loved Birthmarked, Prized was 10x more awesome. Gaia was a bit weaker in certain aspects. But O'Brien made up for that in so many other ways. Her "love square" made me die laughing.
After Prized, I honestly now believe that O'Brien can do no wrong. Not exactly sure where the next book will lead us. But I am so on board!