In the violent country of Ludania, where merely looking at someone who speaks a different language than you can condemn you to the gallows, Charlie lives in fear of her neighbors discovering her unique ability to understand all languages. When she meets a boy who speaks a language she has never heard before, Charlie is swept up into centuries old intrigue and a forbidden romance.
The prologue, featuring the most evil queen this side of Snow White, sets up the creepy atmosphere of Derting’s dystopian world perfectly. Though it does telegraph the climax of the novel, Derting manages to infuse so much tension into her scenes because we come to care deeply about Charlie, her mute sister, her parents, and her friends.
As someone with a fascination for languages, I envied Charlie’s power and I loved her journey to discover her roots and the true meaning of her skills. I have to admit though that I expected more swoon – the chemistry between Charlie and Max was fine, but nothing as sizzling as what went on in THE BODY FINDER, Derting's debut.
But WHOA – way to nail the ending in a way that gives closure but also has me wildly anticipating a sequel.
Zombie Chickens say: Gave us horror movie flashbacks, but highly recommended.
THE PLEDGE releases on November 15, 2011. Find out more about it at the author’s website.
Song for the Ultimate Dystopian Playlist: Don’t Lose Yourself by Laura Veirs. Sample lyric: "I felt my vocal chords weakening, I felt my concave thoughts.” And “Don’t let yourself be lost.”