Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Review: Birthmarked

Synopsis from GoodreadsIn 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.Gaia Stone, the average girl of this dystopian society with an identifying scar across her face has suddenly understood her reality isn't as perfect as she'd grown up believing. Many of her discoveries leave Gaia looking especially naive.

My Thoughts

The plot was slow building as Gaia took a long time accepting that something was amiss in her government. She spent a lot of time thinking, remembering, debating and less time actually doing things.

Her naivete lead her to do an act of kindness that was also illegal that gained her a reputation that helped her succeed in the end.

A number of interesting points were brought up that held my interest and didn't get resolved by the end. Such as the impending uprising outside of the enclave. Or what actually happened to Leon at the end.

I had mixed feelings. Towards the end it picked up and I was gaining satisfaction with the story when it finished too quickly in a blur of running blindly. It started to become unbelievable that she wasn't caught, which made me think more about the entire plot that never really settled within me.

I can't rate this book more than 3 stars, but I enjoyed it enough to want to read the second book. I just hope I don't regret it, and it feels like a waste of my time.

Have you read Birthmarked?

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