The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Pledge #1
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry on November 15th 2011
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Purchased- Hardcover
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.
In Ludania, a queen rules and classes are divided by what language you speak. If a guard finds you speaking a different language, it results in execution, no excuses no freebies.
Charlaina, or Charlie is actually able to understand every language and has been spending her 17 years hiding that secret. She then meets Max who speaks a language she can understand, but has never heard before in her life. He has a big secret that he’s hiding, but so does Charlaina. The queen is after a new heir to the throne but many people don’t want her rule to continue.
I had a hard time with the first hundred pages or so. For a while it was pretty confusing and hard to grasp what was really going on. By about half the book, it started to pick up speed and starting clearing up some of my confusion.
I really had a fun time with this book! Despite the beginning with the confusion, the ending made up for that.
I loved Charlie’s character and the world Kimberly Derting made! I’m really glad that even though there are so many languages, it wasn’t in that language exactly. It was translated into English but told you what language the character was speaking in.
In the beginning, I didn’t like Brooklynn; she just seemed like an odd friend to have. But, towards the middle she kind of made up for that friendship aspect. I did however, LOVE Charlie’s little sister, Angelina. Even though she 4 years old and never spoke a single word, I thought she was adorable.
Max… I don’t know how I feel about him for a book boyfriend.. I’m still debating on him. He definitely could be one just by what Charlie was saying about him, but I don’t know yet. Hopefully as I continue the trilogy, he will become one! We will see. But, Max and Charlie’s relationship was kind of an insta-like which is probably what threw me off a little. Maybe that’s what is making me undecidable for Max.
There were so many plot twists I wasn’t expecting. There was one I kind of had an idea about. This isn’t just in Charlie’s POV, it switches sometimes to other characters in the book, but doesn’t stay with other characters for very long.
I’m really excited to see what happens next!!! :)
“I loved voices, I always had. Words held meaning, but voices held emotion.”– page 112
“I wouldn’t have left without you, Charlie. You know that.”
I did know; his words weren’t even necessary.
I grinned then, and shrugged. “Funny. I’d have left you in a heartbeat.” — page 108
“I pledge to keep you safe.”– Kimberly Derting, The Pledge
“Curiosity is an addictive drug.” — Kimberly Derting, The Pledge