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Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien Review-Isabele

Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be "advanced" into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve.

Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.
Set in a world hundreds of years from now in what’s left of Northern USA, Michigan to be exact, is a small settlement named The Enclave, fenced in by a wall. The live in absolute luxury, riches beyond imaginable…or do they really? Just outside the wall lies a little town named Wharfton, where our heroine Gaia [rhymes with ‘Maya’] lives as an apprentice midwife to her mother.  

Let me start off by saying that I loved Caragh O’Brien’s writing style. It was sort of a mix, we would have two or three chapters set in the present, and then a reminiscence chapter about past memories. I’m amazed at how linked together the chapters were, the ‘memory’ chapters weren’t boring, and each held a specific thing that linked into the present time.  Most dystopian authors fail to do this, which makes the book somewhat boring. 
 Okay, I couldn’t help but find myself comparing this to Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth , one of my favorite books, simply because the main characters are so alike. The plots are very similar, the only difference being that Mary (from The Forest of Hands and Teeth) was trying to get out of the wall, and Gaia was trying to get in the wall. However there were great things that were incorporated into the story that not only kept me reading, but reading into late hours of the night! I found Captain Grey very dashing, and he had a sort of Edward Cullen vibe, you know, that whole you-should-stay-away-from-me-I’m-no-good thing going on? And I’m a sucker for dark hair and light eyes. This, being the first in a trilogy, will definitely keep me eager to read the next installment. Hopefully the next book will be even better than the first. 
So, crucial questions answered: 
Would I buy a copy of this book? 
Definitely. It’d make a great read for dystopian lovers. 
Would I read this book on a boring, rainy day? 
I’ve read this on a hot boring day, and it kept me reading until practically midnight!  

“I could about kill for an orange.”  
“I can’t believe you’re Leon Quarry.”
“Who said I want something?”
-You might have noticed the lack of memorable quotes. And that, my friend, is simply because there were too many to name, so only the very important ones were listed. 
Until next time, 


  1. I loved the Forest of Hands and Teeth! I have to put this on my to-read list. Thanks for the review! ^.^

    1. Great book, right? Thank you for reading the review!

  2. This sounds very interesting! I love it! :D Great Review!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair 

    1. It is really a book that's hard to...hard to measure up to and also hard to group with. And thank you for reading it!

  3. I have this book but I haven´t have the time to read it. It sounds good really! Thanks so much for the review.

    1. You should definitely move it to the top of your list. And thank you for reading it!


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