Sunday, January 9, 2011

Review: Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

Released: March 2010
Rating: 4 Stars

SUMMARY FROM AMAZON: In a dystopian world of the future, apprentice midwife Gaia, who has served the Enclave faithfully along with her parents, is thrust suddenly into a crisis. She delivers her first baby independently of her midwife mother and takes it to the Enclave inside the Wall as the first of her monthly quota of three newborns. Then her parents are arrested and she learns that they will soon be executed. Gaia springs into action and smuggles herself into the Enclave to rescue them. What follows is an exciting, almost breakneck adventure, as Gaia tries to discover what information the Enclave wants from her and her mother and tries to save both of them from prison.
REVIEW: Birthmarked was an interesting and thought-provoking read. Though at first I wasn't really invested in the characters or their struggles, as the story moved on I became intrigued by what was going on with Gaia's parents and how the book was going to unfold. I knew from the moment Leon appeared that he would be important, and that took away some of the suspense, but with other developments I was completely in the dark. I liked that Gaia was willing to take risks, and she was an excellent main character. I wish that we had gotten to know her parents a little bit more in the beginning, and I would have liked to know what led up to the Enclave and the building of the wall, but I thought the world Caragh M. O'Brien created was believable and I felt for her characters. I enjoyed that the characters had depth and were flawed, and I am truly excited for the next one in this series.

Favorite Quotation:

"There are many ways to be a criminal or a hero. Don't forget that." p. 230

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