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The Pledge by Kimberly Derting Book Review

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)
In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide h
er secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.
Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.
I flew through the Pledge and was completely fascinated by it the entire time. The main character, Charlie, and the idea behind the book both were especially great!

This was my first Kimberly Derting book, and I loved the idea of everyone being divided into castes based on the language they spoke. I found that so interesting. The government was a monarchy, with a controlling queen ruling over the country. The book starts out with a prologue told from the queen’s point of view. It’s pretty chilling, and you start to understand what is occurring with her and the bloodline of all the queens.

I liked Charlie a lot as a person. She was able to understand every language ever spoken, and if she was ever found out, her life would be in great danger. Charlie is also of the middle/lower class, so she had to pretend that she never heard all the insults that were ever thrown her way, which happened pretty frequently. Her two friends, Brooke and Aron were pretty different. I thought Aron seemed very sweet and was extremely loyal to Charlie. On the other hand, I did not like Brooke. She was not considerate of what Charlie chose/wanted to do and she basically only seemed to think about herself. I never like people like that. Charlie was so mature about everything Brooke wanted her to do, though.

Charlie is smart and there were several things towards the end which shocked me. She managed to stay calm and reasonable despite what occurred, though. Max was a super sweet, amazing guy. I loved the pledge he took (you’ll have to read to find out what it is ;) He had secrets of his own, and was constantly trying to figure out some of Charlie’s.

The only complaint I have about The Pledge is that I liked the way things ended. I think it would’ve been perfect as a standalone. That is...until the epilogue came. It opened up a whole new set of questions and I’m very excited to dive into The Essence next. I’d give The Pledge 4 out of 5 flowers. 


  1. Omg it's like we're twins! I rated this book 5 stars too, and this was my first Kimberly Derting book as well!
    I too loved the world setting and how everything was divided up, and I also really loved Charlie because she was so strong. I agree with every single point you mentioned in this review :)

    Awesome review!

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

  2. I actually haven't read a Derting book either, but after your review it seems as if The Pledge is the way to go. I am looking forward to this and I can't wait to see how the story, characters and the epilogue turn out. Ohhh...and the pledge Max took. It has me very curious. lol ;p Glad you enjoyed this Montana! :)

    ~ Maida


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