Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien

18 Sep

Birthmarked

Author: Caragh M. O’Brien

Pages [hardcover]: 361

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Opening Lines: In the dim hovel, the mother clenched her body into one final, straining push, and the baby slithered out into Gaia’s ready hands.

Favorite Character: Captain Gray, Maya

Summary:

After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopian world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It’s Gaia’s job to “advance” a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the night one agonized mother objects, and Gaia’s parents are arrested.
Badly scarred since childhood, Gaia is a strong, resourceful loner who begins to question her society. As Gaia’s efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she herself is arrested and imprisoned.
Fraught with difficult moral choices and rich with intricate layers of codes, BIRTHMARKED explores a colorful, cruel, eerily familiar world where one girl can make all the difference, and a real hero makes her own moral code.

Review:

I have a sort of love/hate relationship when it comes to dystopian novels. There’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which I didn’t like at all, and The Maze Runner, which I quickly fell in love with. [Can't wait for the sequel!] It seems like I either love it, or I hate it. I loved Birthmarked.

It started out a little slow-then again, it takes time to get used to a radically different world, the key ingrediant to all dystopian novels. Gaia’s world is the result of a dramatic climate change, where Lake Superior has dried up to become Unlake Superior. There are no hospitals, or medicines, or countries, for that matter. There’s only Gaia’s poor hometown and the rich, bright, and merry Enclave, seperated from the town by a wall.  

Gaia is a stubborn, strong young woman who lives with a scar covering half her face. This disfigurement has caused her to loose friends and be the target of bullies. But when her parents are arrested for no apparent reason, Gaia will stop at nothing to get them back.

I loved this book. Throughout the entire novel I was trying to figure out what was coming next, why Gaia’s parents really were arrested, and if there was some deeper conspiracy going on than was originally let on. The book builds and builds and finally-it ends, right after the climax.

I for one did not know there was going to be a sequel. Going into this, I expected to get into Gaia’s world and leave immediately at the end of the novel. And now I’m waiting anxiously for a sequel that I’m glad will exist. There’s so much more to be explained, more secrets to reveal.

I give Birthmarked 5/5 stars. Go get it! :D

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8 Responses to “Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien”

  1. weight September 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    hi again

    Sky

  2. tahliaN September 20, 2010 at 1:56 am #

    Sounds good, Kayla, I’ll check it out.

    • Kayla September 20, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

      I was wary at first, but it was worth it. :D

  3. shannonigen June 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    I love this book! And I love your site! :D Did you read the sequels to Birthmarked? There are also novellas that fall between each of the books that are cheap or free on Kindle.

    • Kayla June 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      Thank you so much! No, I haven’t read them yet! I keep forgetting to check them out, but I’ve been planning to reread Birthmarked soon so I’m hoping to fall back into this! :D Did you enjoy them? I’ll need to find those ebooks too!

      • shannonigen June 25, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

        I loved them all! I think Birthmarked might be my favorite book right now :)

        • Kayla June 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

          Okay, then I’m definitely going to have to read more and soon. :D Maybe spend this week going through the series!

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