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Hey everyone

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


Synopsis (via Goodreads

Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?

My Thoughts

This is the second book in this series (read my review of the first book {here}) and I have to say that I enjoyed this one waayy more than the first!

I found this book so engaging right from the very beginning - I literally flew through this one!

First off I have to address the fact that I think I may quite possibly be in love with Leon - he's just beautiful and amazingly awesome and so darn cute!

Anyway, onto the actual plot - I really enjoyed the fact that this book addressed the community outside the Enclave and how other people have coped and dealt with the future differently to the Enclave (I had hoped O'Brien would do this!). I think it gave a lot more scope to the story and made it a bit more realistic seeing the same characters be somewhere else - I think another story about the Enclave would have been a tad repetitive.

I really enjoyed reading about the science-y bit in this book about genetic problems and gender imbalances - I thought that this was a really novel idea and was really intriguing to me. I thought that this was a really good bit of foreshadowing for the third book of how Sylum (the other community) can help the Enclave.

I also really like the idea of women running a community - with men being treated almost like inferiors - I thought that was interesting seeing as how in the past women were considered inferior citizens - it was clever and thought provoking to see the shoe on the other foot, as it were! I really enjoyed reading about Sylums different customs and learning how it was ran - I thought it was all really believable and just really interesting.

Now, as much as I am in love with Leon, I do have to admit that the brothers Peter and Will did steal my heart a teeny bit. Sorry Leon. They had me all confused as to who I wanted Gaia to end up with - which was really clever manipulation of the reader by the author because that was exactly how Gaia felt too - it really helped me to identify with her a lot more.

I have to say that I really hated the Maetrac (Sylums leader person - the equivalent of the Protectorat in the Enclave really) throughout the whole book but then right at the end I did feel a little sorry for her - which annoyed me but heyho. I just thought she was a really nasty piece of work and so defeatist and narrow minded but then she was so selfless that I have to give her her due and say that she did the right thing. Eventually.

I have to say that at some points in the book I got a little annoyed with Gaia (as the author intended) and her choices - I felt like she had changed completely from the strong independent character from the first book. But as with all good characters - they have experience trouble and fall before they can go back to the awesomeness that they were before (I'm think Katniss in Catching Fire - she got on my nerves a bit in that one!). I think it was great how O'Brien set Gaia up to lose herself and then have the reader absolutely begging her to re-find herself and rejoicing when she did! I love how refreshing it is to have a powerful female protagonist who isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in.

I thought this book was a really good second novel - I find all to often that the second book in a trilogy is just a bit boring and a filler but this one had it's own plot going on that was independent of the first book but still managed to follow on and then set up for the third book.

Talking of the third book - I'm torn - I really really want to get on and read it because I am absolutely hooked with this series and I need to find out what happens to Sylum/the Enclave BUT I don't want this series to end. I'm took scared that something will happen that will mean that Gaia and Leon won't end up together and I'm just not emotionally ready for that right now!

Having said that I think there is a couple of books set in between the trilogy that are from Leon's point of view so I am super excited to read them! So I might get on and read those before I read the last book, haha!

I cannot gush any more about how seriously great this book was! The take home message from this review - just give a go, seriously - I'm hooked!

Would you read this book? 

aHm xoxo