Thursday, February 2, 2012


Title: Birthmarked
Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
Pages: 368
Profanity: G
Mature Content: PG
Level:  Middle/High School
Recommendation:  Must Read

Summary:  In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife, Gaia Stone, who live outside.  Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave.  But when Gaia's mother and father are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, Gaia is forced to question everything  she has been taught to believe.  Gaia's choice is now simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

Review:  This book is another great dystopian novel about a feudal-type of government that require the less fortunate to provide babies to the "nobility" to counteract years of inbreeding.  Midwives serve as the liaisons between the two groups and provide the nobility with a certain quota of babies each year (the content is rated PG because of the description of a midwife's job).  The main character, Gaia, is easy to connect with because of her sincere personality, and you will find yourself rooting for her to succeed.  The novel has a great romance subplot as well.  I am excited to read the second in this trilogy!

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