“As I breathe, I pledge.”
Charlaina “Charlie” lives in Ludania, a country ruled bu a cruel monarch and strictly stratified by a caste system divided by language. The smallest transgression results in immediate death.
But Charlie has lived her whole life with a secret so dangerous that if anyone found out, she’d be killed. As the violent clashes between the totalitarian monarchy and the rebel forces escalate, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger.
I thought this book was so well written, and the story captivating. The book is a young adult, dystopian/SF and follows Charlie throughout the chaotic world she lives in. The atmosphere is dark and oppressive, giving the reader a somewhat constant sense of dread and impending danger. I wasn’t exactly ‘on the edge of my seat’ but I definitely realized I was willing myself to read faster to match pace with how the characters felt in certain situations.
The world building was a bit lacking in that we get more about the mood and spirit of the different parts of this city than a queendom that is fully fleshed out to its full potential. I thought a map might have been helpful to have while traversing different areas of flight with the characters, but overall I certainly enjoyed the reading experience.
The characters are interesting and full of ideology that incites both danger and excitement. The author does a really great job of giving the reader a feel for this world through the characters, and the feeling lends itself perfectly to how individuals are affected by the caste system.
The Pledge is the first book in a trilogy, one which I am looking forward to continuing with very soon. But while I am really excited to continue with book 2, I did think that this one would have done perfectly well as a standalone without the need to continue on as a series. I guess my feelings on that topic will depend entirely on how well the rest of the series does. In case you’re interested in reading more, you can find the Goodreads page here.
Thanks for reading!