The Pledge (The Pledge Trilogy)

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A “gripping dystopian fantasy” (Kirkus Reviews) that brims with romance and suspense, from the author of The Body Finder.

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines your class, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. The only reprieve from oppression is within the drug-filled underground club scene. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. 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: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible grip of a deadly regime.
     Kimberly Derting, author of The Body Finder series, writes powerfully and movingly of a girl with dangerous powers in an unusual and expertly crafted setting.

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Margaret Stohl writes the bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels along with coauthor Kami Garcia. The latest book in the series is Beautiful Chaos. She is also the author of the forthcoming Icons, the first book in a new YA series.

Margaret Atwood once wrote, "War is what happens when language fails." As a writer, of course, I'm always particularly interested when people who love words tell stories of the power of words; I felt that way about Ally Condie's stolen remnants of poetry in Matched, and again in Kimberly Derting's fierce contest of language in The Pledge. Atwood, Condie, and Derting are circling around the same fire, here; if you liked one you'll like the others, as I did, and I suggest all three.

Powerful people can speak, more powerful people can control the story. Within the sharply, smartly drawn world of The Pledge, of all the many layers of regulated dialect and mediated power, only one language is essentially magic—-the untaught, instinctual language of the ruling class. What happens when someone powerless can suddenly speak and understand it? What happens when that someone is a young woman with something of her own to say? What happens when she chooses to love someone she shouldn't, someone who speaks it too?

We writers talk so often about voice, but this is one of the few YA novels I've ever seen that expressly examines the power of a girl's own voice, her right to have it and use it. The Pledge is deeply written and deeply felt, and I look forward to the sequel. --Margaret Stohl

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Kimberly Derting is the author of The Pledge series and the Body Finder series. She lives in Washington State. Visit her online at kimberlyderting.com.

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