Review: The Pledge – Kimberly Derting

Series: The Pledge #1
Genre: Dystopia/YA
Pages: 336
Published: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Galley Grab

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom.
My thoughts:
This was a book that is hard to put a genre on, by the things we learnt, well by the sound of languages I would say it takes place on our little planet. But it can also just be that she used those words to make it feel more like home. It has such a fantasy feel to it, but then they got technology, so let’s just call it dystopia/fantasy/sci-fi. 
The world is interesting and ruled by queens with powers. No male can take the throne in this world. I like it. And this country has its on set of rule that is really stupid, in a good way. If someone talks to you in another language and they have a higher status then you are not allowed to look at them. If you do then you die. Cruel, oh yes, crazy, indeed. It’s done to keep the masses separated. I do love a good wicked world and this one that keeps the classes with their own kind is fascinating. 
Sure there was one thing that bugged me, it seems it was only a couple of 100 years ago since it was set in motion. And people only speak their own language or the one under them. And they can’t learn the higher up. And the languages are completely different, that means the language first used had to be really different from each other if people can’t understand each other. Because I could understand words here and there easily with languages close to mine. Because yes even it they kill everyone with an ear for languages then should not some still be left, or are people too stupid? We just do not know. I’d really like to get to the bottom of the language situation. But I did not let it bother me. 
Back to the story, Charlie is our heroine and it does not take a doctor to get why she understand all languages. She is obviously of the old Royal family. Sure it takes a long time for the book to spit it out, but it’s obvious from page 1. She meets a handsome stranger called Max, and they got romantic tension sizzling around them. 
The book is also filled with that question who she is (well we know this), who wants to use her, can she get away, and the danger when rebels are attacking the kingdom; queendoom, sorry Queen. I do like that the danger and tension keeps the pace going and it is a good book, and interesting book too. It is the first in a series, but it ends. And no cliffie, well there is a cliffie, but it is that sort of cliffie that you do not know if it will turn out to be a cliffie or not. But since there is a book 2, it sure will. Even if this book ends happily then all hell is sure to break lose later. 
A good world, that is all I want sometimes, and I got that here.

32 thoughts on “Review: The Pledge – Kimberly Derting

  1. Missie says:

    Ooooh! Only Females are allowed to take the throne. That's different. I have to admit, I'm intrigued by the use of languages to create social classes in this world, because it does sound a bit similar to the social norms we have today.

  2. Anachronist says:

    Great to know this one was a good read; I also find YA dystopias the most pleasant of the whole YA fare. I admit the language issue would have bugged me far more. By the way, who makes sure you get killed if you look somebody of a higher social status in their eyes?

  3. Jenny says:

    I'm really looking forward to this one, I've heard there's a bit of instalove which always drives me crazy, but this world sounds too interesting to miss:)

  4. carolsnotebook says:

    The cover on this one always attracts my attention. It sounds like an interesting world, even if it doesn't entirely make sense and we know the secret about Charlie way earlier than the book wants us to.

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    MissieI know, good for them, men suck!..No, they don't, they are awesome. But we need power too, lol.It was fascinating, and I am glad she made it that wayChrisLol, I confuse myself. It was a cliffie that is a cliffie if she makes it so in the next bookAnaI like them the best too, cos scary worlds rock.Well, those you look at while talking. They tell and it is off with your head.CaroleI know 😉 As a woman I truly approve of that

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    JennyYeah, instalove, but at the same time, I did not really see if since they do not get together at once. Maybe that saved it for me.irenaI really liked that she made it so because it was very different and I do want that. And I fell for the cover, lolVivienneOh no! :(CarolIt was what made me get it, I am so bad, but I can't say no to a pretty cover.It was good despite its faultsElysiumI am sure you'd like it

  7. Simcha says:

    I don't know, the whole language premises seems kind of strange. It doesn't really sound like a convincing idea for a dystopia but maybe it's better than it sounds since you enjoyed it so much.

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    MelIsn't it? 🙂 I am so glad it is not that way here.MelissaDunno when the 2nd is out so I fear you will have to wait quite some time. But I know the feelingStephWomen rule! ;)niseSame here, I like freaky secenarios and I am glad I do not live thereHi Lindsay :)SimchaIt just worked, and it sure was a throwback to the days when you had to be invisivle to those above youTeddyreeI hope you will enjoy it too

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