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Belle's Book Club: Promised...

Hey everyone

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


Synopsis (via Goodreads

After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever.  She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland.  In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher.  Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what--or whom--she loves most?

My Thoughts

After eventually ending up liking the {first} book and loving the {second} book in this series I was torn between being desperate to read this final instalment and not wanting the series to end - I was that engrossed!

First off, I am even more in love with Leon after reading this than I was at the end of the second book (and I didn't think that was possible!) - when the end happened my heart was literally in my mouth and I was ready to cry - so sad :( 

What I liked most about this book was the camaraderie that was shown between the two civilisations - New Sylum and the Enclave - I thought the moral undertones were really on point and could be applied to society even now. I particularly like the symbolism of the wall - without giving too much away, I thought that was a really clever device that visually helped me to understand what was going on.

To be honest, I thought that the whole 'baby factory' subplot was a tad weak - I didn't really see its relevance aside from how Gaia could potentially be involved in it because of how useful her genes would be in genetic diversity terms. I thought what happened to her regarding her ovaries and subsequently her future was just so tragic - it was heartbreaking. Though, I do think that it sent a strong message about women having the right to be in control of their own bodies - an important message that I feel can again be applied to present society.

I loved seeing how what Gaia had sparked off in the first book (and then left) had developed in the Enclave - how advanced children were actually coming out and actively looking for their parents.

My main issue with this book was the ending. I just thought that the big final events happened way to quickly and weren't explained in enough detail - I mean three books led up to this moment and I had to re-read the passage a couple of times to make sure I knew what was going on - not a fan.

Having said that, I do feel satisfied at the ending of the trilogy - I'm a sucker for an 'all's well that ends well' happy ending and this certainly was one of those! I wouldn't mind reading more about Gaia/Leons future! 

Having said that my sorrow about this trilogy ending - and the fact that there is no more Leon in my life! - there are a couple of novellas that are written from Leon's point of view so I'm definitely going to try and find them to give them a read!

I would highly, highly recommend reading this series - on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn't hesitate reading it again. I loved the whole genetics element to the two different societies in the future - it was a very original plot line and each book managed to bring something to the table on it's own and then tie in all together - I really enjoyed reading them!

 Plus I'd read them over again just for Leon - ah Leon - another fictional male protagonist that I've fallen for :P

Would you read this book? 

aHm xoxo