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Belle's Book Club: Birthmarked...

Hey everyone

Next up in my Belle's Book Club: Summer 2013 series I'm sharing - Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien


Synopsis (via Goodreads

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.

My Thoughts

I think the premise of this series is really interesting and novel, again it's a dystopian society based one. I feel like all of the books on offer in the YA genre are all dystopian society based -  it's like the whole vampires and werewolves thing all over again. But, I haven't got bored of the dystopian society ones yet - surprisingly.

What I liked most about the book I think was the genetics link that appeared halfway through - I'm a scientist so anything with a science or experimental link is really interesting to me. 

I thought the idea of having a wall and two separate colonies was really original and cleverly thought out.

I thought the characterisation in general was really good - although I didn't identify so easily with Gaia (the protagonist) because I thought that her voice just wasn't as clear as it could have been, I absolutely fell in love with Leon - I fell for every trick that the author used to make me hate him at first and then gradually fall for him - by the end, I was head over heels for him.

If I'm being honest I didn't gel well with the dystopian society O'Brien created - it took me a while to understand what was going on - like, I didn't really understand when it was set, why the earth had dried up. But, seriously it took me essentially the whole of the book to figure out the Tvalter where they all went to hang out was TV alter - I was saying it as tervalter. And The Protectorat was the Protector. I wonder if it was just me being that stupid or what.

In the same vein, I feel like the setting of could have been better explained - I didn't really have a clear picture of where everything was in relation to each other - I found myself getting a little lost at times. Similarly, I felt that the geographical areas around the Enclave bit could have been better explored - like the other colonies around them. However, this may leave scope for the future books in the series so I shall have to wait and see!

After struggling through the first quarter of the book I eventually got into it and orientated with what was going on (when everything had all been introduced and sorted out) and absolutely flew through it!

To be honest, if the story wasn't so completely different to anything I've read before (the idea of having a quota of babies to be given to a separate part of society is something really interesting to try and get my head around)  and if the genetics link hadn't been introduced then I don't think I would read the next book but because of those two things I will definitely be reading the next book - I can't wait actually! Mainly because I want to know what happened to Leon, haha!

Would you read this book? 

aHm xoxo