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Birthmarked (Birthmarked Trilogy Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

A great start to a new dystopian series!

Set on the shores of Unlake Michigan, this dystopian world has me hooked. Following some kind of environmental fallout that resulted in not nearly enough water to go around, the difference between the haves and the have-nots grows much more pronounced. What used to be t...
Set on the shores of Unlake Michigan, this dystopian world has me hooked. Following some kind of environmental fallout that resulted in not nearly enough water to go around, the difference between the haves and the have-nots grows much more pronounced. What used to be the northern United States becomes something resembling a feudal city-state. The have-nots in Wharfton, where Gaia lives, depend on the "good people" of the Enclave for water to survive. And a bleak survival it is. Gaia and her parents do alright; there are only three of them and both her parents work, her mother as a midwife and her father as a tailor. Gaia's new status as a full midwife should have brought her family the Wharfton version of luxury: plenty of water and extra passes to the local entertainment center, Tvaltar. The Enclave also could not exist without those in Wharfton. Though there are bakers, tailors, and other services available right inside the wall, the people of Wharfton provide much of the labor and services the Enclave requires.

And the babies. The people of Wharfton also provide Enclave families with babies.

At first I thought this was going to be a situation like that in The Handmaid's Tale where most women become sterile and those who still can are pressed into service as babymakers. That is not the case here, though why the Enclave needs Wharfton babies remains a mystery for most of the book. Many people on both sides of the wall believe, like Gaia herself, that the children sent to the Enclave are simply lucky, even while their parents are left heart-broken; they have a chance at a much easier life. The Protectorat, the ruling class of the Enclave, have a much more complicated need for children born in Wharfton. Luckily (not really) Gaia is caught pretty early on on her attempt to rescue her parents and so gets to meet the key people behind the "advancement" program.

After Gaia is captured in the Enclave, where she has no right to be, she learns so much more about the history of her society and world than she could have imagined. She learns just how the Enclave uses those in Wharfton and the vital part she and her mother play in that relationship as midwives. She learns that her parents, who she trusted implicitly and thought she knew inside and out, hid very important things about themselves and their family from her. She learns what they hid about her own past. And during all of this acquisition of knowledge, she makes some unlikely allies inside the wall and, of course, falls in love with an especially broody, high-ranking member of the military who seems to hate her and yet find her interesting.

It's a lot for one girl to go through. And it's all a set-up. It was an emotional thrill ride the whole way through with an ending just barely satisfying enough to not make me want to tear my hair out.

I can't wait for Book 2.


Book source: Philly Free Library

posted by Lawral on August 23, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good read

Fast read. Enjoyed it. If you liked The Hunger Games and Divergent series, you'll like this. Not as good as those series but good.

posted by 12432569 on July 23, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Good read

    Fast read. Enjoyed it. If you liked The Hunger Games and Divergent series, you'll like this. Not as good as those series but good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Not the best or the worst.

    I probably wont finish the series. The story wasnt really what i expected. Maybe I just couldn't relate to the characters in any way. Borrow from a library if you can.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Saaad

    Why does Leon have to die??

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    To does not mattch synopsis

    It got high reviews because of fake posts like for example if you post one star on a book a bunch of times then tje sta rating will go down

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

    The basis of this story is an interesting concept that is just r

    The basis of this story is an interesting concept that is just realistic enough to be scary. The 'haves' are living lives of luxury inside the city walls, while the 'have-nots' struggle to make ends meet outside. But all is not as it seems inside the city. Despite a monthly tribute of newborn babies from outside the wall, genetic diversity has shrunk, causing an epidemic of haemophilia.

    Birthmarked is a decent read, but not a brilliant one. It was interesting enough to read all the way through, but not so great that I will be looking to finish the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Eh

    It was a quick read, which is what I wanted out of it. Also it was cheap so I didn't expect much. I really liked the world set up, but it was really predictable and the main character annoyed me.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Good

    It was good, but I've read so many books lately in the genre, as well as in the middle of so many of these series, I can't remember which is which. But I've saved the next in the series to read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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