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Monday, June 21, 2010

Birthmarked


Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
Genre: YA Dystopian
Copy provided by: Traveling ARC Tours
Summary (via Goodreads):

After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopian world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It’s Gaia’s job to “advance” a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the night one agonized mother objects, and Gaia’s parents are arrested.

Badly scarred since childhood, Gaia is a strong, resourceful loner who begins to question her society. As Gaia’s efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she herself is arrested and imprisoned.

Fraught with difficult moral choices and rich with intricate layers of codes, BIRTHMARKED explores a colorful, cruel, eerily familiar world where one girl can make all the difference, and a real hero makes her own moral code.


Why I read this: I am just loving dystopian fiction lately, and it's a debut novel.

Plot: Gaia is the daughter of a midwife and destined to be one herself someday. That day arrives too quickly when her parents are arrested for reasons unsure to her. Bravely, she decides she must try to help them - even if it means breaking the rules she has followed her whole life.

Birthmarked had a fantastic plot with a few twists, dramatic moments, and even some underlying romance.

Characters: Gaia surprised me. She cared too much for her family to live a safe life. She definitely is very conscious of her scarred face and sometimes cannot see past it to how beautiful she is, both inside and outside.

The Captain that seems transfixed with Gaia upon her arrival in the Enclave is also an interesting character. Disowned by his family and a member of the guard, he finds himself drawn to Gaia and wanting to aide her. I really like the way they interacted throughout the novel - definitely a pair of characters I wish to see more of in the future.

Relatability: I think any reader can relate to having to make difficult choices in life and that's what this book really is about. Also, the love for her family makes Gaia believe that she must do this, even if it jeopardizes her own life.
Cover Commentary: I like it a lot. Again, it really screams Dystopian to me.

Rating: 5/5 Roses


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24 comments:

  1. I agree. I thought it was great and can't wait for the next one.

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  2. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  3. Yeah - I was definitely a fan...hoping for a sequel soon!

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  4. I am soo not a fan of Dystopian, but this one captured my heart...I can't wait for more, wonderful review.

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  5. I am sooo excited to read this at some point!

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  6. I really liked Birthmarked which was surprising since I don't normally like dystopian books. I really hope theres a sequel soon.

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  7. I enjoyed this book as well!

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  8. I'll have to check this one out. Sounds great!

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  9. I love dyspotian, so I'll definitely have to check this one out! Thanks for the nice review. :D

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  10. i'll definitely have 2 check this one out!Great review

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  11. Great review. I've been wanting to check this book out. I really like the cover. :)

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  12. Birthmarked looks really good. I'm on a dystopian kick at the moment too.

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  13. Never dystopian.Wish i will soon and this one sounds great!

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  14. Cool review! The cover is very eerie and the dystopian thing isn't really up my alley, but then again, I haven't tried many out. Perhaps I should....

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  15. I have not heard much about birth marked but have seen it pop up in WOW posts. Your review makes it sound really good will have to check it out.

    Seahn

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  16. Really want to read this love anything dystopian.

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  17. I agree :) I can't wait for the next one.

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  18. This one sounds good... adding it to my wishlist! Great review!

    Happy reading!

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  19. I saw this at the library the other day. Now I'm kicking myself for not picking it up!

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  20. So many raving reviews have been written for this book and I can thoroughly understands why. Will definitely be in my TBR list. Hoping it'll arrive at my place very soon!

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  21. not usually a huge dystopia fan but this seems interesting

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