Birthmarked {Book review}


Publish Date: March 30, 2010
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Author: Caragh O’Brien
Pages: 361
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction

In 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 – Summary from Goodreads

This book fell just a tad short for me. I’ve written this review about 3 times but keep erasing it as nothing I say seems to be coherent. :/ I liked this book as a friend but I didn’t loooove it.

What I did like:

* The characters {especially Gaia, our main character} were really likeable. They were genuine and not gimmicky. I loved Gaia’s relationship with her parents, it reminded me of my own relationship with mine.

* The lack of love in this book. It wasn’t a typical love-triangle-sexually-tense novel. It was a breath of fresh air. I mean, there’s the promise of love but it wasn’t in the forefront of the book.

* The last 100 pages. It really got my knee bobbing!! The story finally picked up and the pages started flying. I like where the story is going so I’ll be soldiering. I mean, I have to see how it ends.

What I didn’t like:

* The lack of action. Don’t get me wrong… there was a lot happening, but it felt like it was missing that spark! It was a slow-moving story which just drained me.

Hmmm, that’s a really sad “What I don’t like” category. *looks around awkwardly* Oh well, I guess a slow-moving book can deduct major points.

Anyway, I’m sorry for the shite review. My brain hasn’t been working right here lately. But If you like dystopia, a great MC with a strong will, and a non-love-driven YA novel that picks up eventually, then this is your book.

On a different note, I think tonight is a good night to watch Serendipity. Yep. I think that’s what I’ll do.