PROMISED is the last book in the trilogy that started with BIRTHMARKED (read my review) and continued with PRIZED (read my review). Though PRIZED is still my favorite of the series (how often can you say that about a middle book in a trilogy? Not often.), PROMISED is a worthy conclusion to Midwife Gaia Stone's story.
PROMISED is definitely the most grown-up of the books - many of the challenges Gaia faces (leading her people, raising a baby, deciding if she wants to get married, making reproductive choices that will affect her future) are more adult than YA in nature. There is a ton of political maneuvering with the villains of the Enclave and some good action as Gaia meets resistance when she tries to integrate the people of Sylum into the Enclave society for the good of all.
At the heart of the book for me was the relationship between Gaia and (Spoiler) and the way they compliment and challenge each other - and that's why PROMISED gets the Zombie Chicken Merit Badge for romance.
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PROMISED comes out on October 2, 2012. Find out more about the series at the author's website.
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