Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)I read the first chapter a couple of weeks ago. It was kind of interesting, but something turned me off. I gave up too quickly. On Sunday, I made myself to give this one another chance. I am so glad that I did.

The Pledge, which I didn't know it, is a Dystopian book. It has some kind of magic in it but I am not sure how to define it.
Anyway, The Pledge tells us about a future, where the queen is the only one in charge. The population is divided to three groups and you can't just go from one to another-   if your parents are merchants, you probably will be one all your life.

The book is told by Charlie's perspective, a teenager girl, nbdjknsajnthough we get to see some other points of view. Charlie belongs to the second group, her parents own a restaurant. All her life she tried to avoid troubles and to keep her little sister safe. She is a strong narrator who knows what she wants, but she is also scared of the consequences. She is protective and caring.

The characters are very easy to be related too, including Charlie's friends, her parents and her sister. Also, the people she meets are described very well. It feels realistic and right. You get to see other people's emotions and to understand what they're going through.

The world Derting created is not very originally; I mean, we read countless times about a dystopia country where the government (or the queen, in that case) takes over your life. However, while reading the book, I felt like being introduced to a place I've never been to. The book was written so good that not only did I related to the characters but I felt the environment, the rules, the fear. I could understand what any of all of these really means. For sure, not any Dystopia book I've read could have made me feel this way. 

The plot was sometimes too slow and other times was too quick. Nothing dramatic to bother me too much, but It'd be better to describe more in "the few weeks that pass" or something. Sometimes I felt like I have no idea what has changed. I heard people were saying the ending was rushed, but I didn't find it that way myself. I think it was good.

The Pledge was a great book. I enjoyed reading it and feeling all those emotions that Dystopia books are trying to bring up. The book doesn't state a clear opinion about the way of life that should be carried out and I think it was a smart decision of the author. I highly recommend this one and definitely am going to read the next one!



  1. I'm excited to get my hands on this book. I've heard mixed feelings for this one which left me a little bummed. But I'm glad you liked it!

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