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With The Pledge, Kimberly Derting has once again written a beautifully crafted, suspenseful, and wonderfully romantic story, one that has left such an imprint on me that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop thinking about the characters and the world she has created.
What fascinated me the most about this book prior to reading it was the fact that Ms. Derting created a dystopian society around languages, a world where the people are classified by the language they speak. Language is such a beautiful and important aspect of our world, but it does indeed separate us from each other, which is a fact that Ms. Derting has turned into an excellent and compelling plot point. And this makes for an equally as compelling—and believable—world.
Charlie makes for a great main narrator/character, and her love and loyalty to her sister is heartwarmingly intense. She never falters when it comes to her friends or family, and that’s something I admire in characters. I love her special ability and how simple, yet powerful it is. I loved how her narration made me laugh, gasp, and worry with fear. It’s always a good sign when an author makes you feel everything the character does.
And Max? Oh, Max. What can I say about him other than I love him? He has got to be one of the most perfect male leads I have ever come across. He has his secrets, but his deceptions balance well with his swoon-worthy characteristics, a balance that is not often apparent in other young adult novels.
If you can’t tell already, I absolutely LOVE The Pledge. When I reached the last page, I was literally freaking out. I kept saying, “Holy crap!” over and over again, which I’ve only done a handful of times with other books. With excellent writing, a wonderfully sweet romance, and a unique and superbly built world, this book is one you won’t want to ignore.