Friday, October 14, 2011

Birthmarked [BOOK REVIEW]

By: Caragh M. O'Brien
Published: March 30, 2010
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave. But when Gaia's mother and faher are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe. Gaia's choice is now simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

The plot was very well thought out. It took place in a society where some of the poor people were living on the outside of the wall, and if you were one the the first 3 babies of each month to be born, then you would get to live on the inside of the wall. But then you wouldn't know about your parents anymore because you weren't allowed to meet any of the outside families once you were in. The story had a mix mystery and some "edge of the seat" parts cause you wouldn't know if this was going to happen or what's going to happen to them. I just wish that sometimes throughout the story, the Enclave wasn't so uptight about specific things and I think that was the part that annoyed me the most.

The characters were awesome. I absolutely loved Gaia's character. She was well developed and I think she was one of the most beautiful characters in the entire story. (Not physically, but on the inside). Even though she had a scar on her face, she didn't think about it that often. Not to say that she was outgoing and a confident person. But she was still very kind and she didn't show hatred towards the people that pitied her. Leon was also great. He had alot of character development throughout the story. He comes of as a very stoic person in the beginning but he slowly grows on you. And there are alot of other great characters like Gaia's parents, and the Enclave, which I hated because they are just evil and they seem so much more like stalkers.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great dystopian/well-thought-out romance/mystery read.

Towards the end of the book, it felt as if the concept of this book was very similar to that of Delirium's if you've read that one as well because of the "inside" group and "outside" group. And especially with the cliffhanger and what Leon did, it was exactly like what Alex did in Delirium, just in different story lines.

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