Prized (Birthmarked Trilogy Series #2)

Prized (Birthmarked Trilogy Series #2)

by Caragh M. O'Brien
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Prized (Birthmarked Trilogy Series #2) by Caragh M. O'Brien

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466802698
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Series: Birthmarked Trilogy Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 101,933
File size: 866 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Since earning an MA in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh M. O'Brien has been a high school teacher, an author of romance novels, and now a novelist for teens. Her novels Birthmarked and Prized were named YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults. Birthmarked was also a Junior Library Guild Selection and chosen for the ALA 2011 Amelia Bloomer List. She lives with her family and writes from her home in Connecticut.


Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS trilogy. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. Her young adult science fiction has been honored by the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, the Amelia Bloomer Award, the Junior Library Guild, and numerous state reading lists. A former high school English teacher, she now writes young adult novels full time from her home in rural Connecticut.

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Prized 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Jenny_Geek More than 1 year ago
Wow, I seriously couldn't put this book down! In fact, I read this in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. The hopelessness, the fear, the anxiety, these were so well instilled in this book. Knowing that she doesn't have anywhere else to turn, Gaia ends up in a different dystopian society. Except that this one is run by women, as opposed to men, which is obviously very different from the Enclave. Gaia has her baby sister taken away from her because she's been deemed incapable of providing for her. To go back to the traveling, Gaia traveled for two weeks and then was rescued and taken by horse to Sylum. I found myself wondering exactly how far she had walked, and how far the horse ride back was. It wasn't entirely clear in the book, but to me it seems like the two societies are pretty close to one another. Which is sad considering people in the Enclave feel like they're the only people who exist. I was ecstatic when Leon arrived into Sylum, although his entrance wasn't that grand. I wanted to be furious with Leon. I tried, I really did. But I couldn't help but see his point of view regarding this new life. He made some really good points regarding Gaia and the society they were now in. Prized ends with a nice set up for the third book, which obviously I'm going to want to read since I could barely put down the first two books. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Birthmarked was good, but Prized was even better. I found myself giggling with excitement like a teenager during some passages. Love the main character and love the storyline. I can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved her first book Birthmarked and this sequel doesnt disapoint. It starts directly where birthmark left off, which was a good move on the authors part, it keeps you drawn in, especially if you liked the first one as much as i did. Although i like the plot better in the first book the second is where Gaia becomes herself and grows into the type of character she'll have as a woman. She tries iut a new lifestyle and finds what she truly believes through all the chaos around her. Her relationships get compliated considering more then one comes up. But Leon remain her grounding post to remind her of everything shes thinks she can forget. Leon is what makes the difference in this book, he becomes more of a person as he sheds his layers so you can feel his turmoil over what hapoens. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say this book was a very entertaining read for me. At the same time i didnt like gaias attiude in the middle of the book. One moment her soul is broken the next shes her old defiant self. Still a huge fan of the series and eagerly awating the next one.
ReadingCorner More than 1 year ago
I ADORED Birthmarked, as you can tell from my review of it way back in March. I have been waiting on pins and needles for this second book ever since then and as a result, I believe my standards were simply set too high. This book, while quite the enjoyable read, didn't quite live up to my expectations. Prized begins with Gaia alone in the wilderness, running away from the Enclave with her baby sister. Her sister is clearly suffering and Gaia herself is weak. The pair has long since run out of most supplies and is barely getting by when they are kidnapped/rescued by a mysterious man on horseback. He takes them to Sylum, a whole new world that is different that anything that Gaia has every imagined. The women run everything, despite a population of mostly men, and relationships are strictly controlled. O'Brien's world-building really shines in this second book as she creates a whole new dystopian society. A part of me felt like this was a bit unnecessary since we already had an established society in book one, but I guess I understood that she had to create something new since Gaia was entering unknown territory and leaving behind the Enclave (and these new people had no real knowledge of the Enclave). While the world-building was superb, the characters--specifically, Gaia--suffered a bit in this book. Gaia goes from the incredibly smart, strong girl who saved a dead woman's baby and escaped the Enclave prison to a weak, timid, and easily manipulated young woman. I couldn't believe the ease with which she seemed to fall into the woman's role in Sylum and leave behind her strong beliefs. I understand that she faces some really difficult things when she first gets there, but she seems (to me) to concede far too easily to the demands of the Matrarc. When she first submits, I hope that it's a show and in private we'll still see the strong, courageous Gaia of Birthmarked, but it was not so. Towards the end when things finally get crazy, Gaia seems to rediscover her passionate, courageous nature and finally stand up for something. She finally makes the tough decisions that she knows in her gut are right. She redeems herself quite a bit in the final chapters. Overall, I really did end up enjoying this novel, simply not as much as the first book. Since this is set to be a trilogy, my hope is that book three will continue with Gaia as the strong woman that we know she is and possibly (hopefully) return our characters to the original setting--the Enclave. As Sylum has a lot of problems, I see this as highly likely and look forward to the confrontation that would seem to loom on the horizon. My hope is that this book simply suffers a little from "middle book syndrome" and Ms. O'Brien will once again completely "wow" readers in book three. Despite some of my problems with this book, I am definitely still looking forward to a fabulous conclusion to this trilogy!
ToReadPerchancetoDream More than 1 year ago
Prized is the second novel in the Birthmarked series. It picks up right where the first book (Birthmarked) leaves off, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel. Still, I recommend reading them in order. For a fairly new author, Caragh O'Brien is very polished. The story starts off fast and just keeps going, never dragging. Prized is in such a different setting than Birthmarked that if not for the characters Gaia and Leon, I might have felt I was reading a different series. That was fine with me, I was impressed with how O'Brien masterfully created two different worlds and bridged them together in the two books. This is a fascinating dystopian series. It will be published on November 8, 2011. Officially it's for young adults, but us older kids are allowed to enjoy it, too! *Disclaimer: I received this book for review from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review.
lovemNOOKTN More than 1 year ago
I just finished the first book, and felt that it kept wavering between parts that were very interesting and parts that weren't.  I found my self skipping over all the parts that described the surroundings to get to a part where something actually happened.       It was okay, not great.   I was looking at the reviews of the second book to try to find out whether to get the sequel, and the reviews had so many spoilers that I don't know if I need to read the book.  PLEASE, if you are going to post a spoiler, be polite and say SPOILE
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While I enjoyed the first book of the series, I did not like the second and third books. Very strange, made me sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ohh my it just got good!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!! I WAS LIKE WHAT??? HOW THE HECK IS THIS HAPPENING!!! **TEARS**(MORE LIKE A WATERFALL)
Backyard More than 1 year ago
Stupid. Stupid stupid. Let's make a series about women's rights and about what things would be like with women ruling. Guess what? Women are still "prizes" that get to be won by the men in a contest of physical strength and agility. Does this sound revolutionary? No? How about a girl whose very essence is all about "life first" and then helps with an abortion without a second thought? I don't really get offended easily, and this didn't bother me the way it bothered most everyone else who gave this a bad review. For me, it just doesn't fit her character. She's all "I can't kill anyone I only choose life and babies and they are so magical and I must risk my neck in stupid attempts to save lives" and then does an abortion. Makes. No. Sense. And the STUPID love rectangle or whatever that was. Seriously? It's not enough that she was one guy, or even two guys after her. She needs to have THREE and two of them are brothers. Which also makes no sense, because the entire first book puts so much emphasis on her damn scar and then suddenly no one notices it anymore? Really? No.
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iGeekBooks More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is a fast paced book that I got through very quickly. The book is about a girl named Gaia Stone. Finally escaping the enclave, she thought she was safe, but litte did she know how hard it would be to survive in the wastelands with her sister with her. Seeking help, she comes across a society called Sylum. Appearing to be a perfect place to live with her sister she decides to stay, but when a friend from the past and secrets surface, will that opinion stay the same? Will Gaia have escaped the enclave for their controlling and extreme actions? Will she ignore her sense of justice, and conscience, or will she fight back? I liked this book because the author did not dissapoint me. After a great first book, Prized was a sequel that matched the great content of the first story. I liked how the author brought out all of the dilemmas Gaia was going through in her head, instead of leaving that for us to assume that it was there. I didn't like the many more love relationships she brouhgt into the story, the previous book was more straight forward and simple.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like the Hunger Games you will love this series!
AshleyiSee More than 1 year ago
Gaia Stone has escaped the Enclave with her newborn baby sister Maya. Out into the wasteland she ventured, but with little food, water and baby formula, they’re doomed to die if they don’t find help soon. Days pass and just when death looms near, a hero on a horse rescue Gaia and takes her and Maya to Sylum. Sylum is a community where the women are in charge. Something is happening to all the newborn babies, they’re always male. Females are in high demand and marriages are a battle. Kissing is outlawed and when Gaia joins the people of Sylum she doesn’t understand why everyone isn’t equal. Sylum isn’t better than the Enclave, it’s almost worse. Gaia is determined to figure out the mystery of Sylum, but her heart is distracted. As a new female she gathers the attention of every eligible male. When a familiar face returns Gaia must look inside her heart and trust what she feels if she, Maya and the people of Sylum have any chance of continuing their existence. I loved the first book in this series, Birthmarked. I was looking for something that would grab my attention like The Hunger Games and Birthmarked filled all that criteria. However, once I leaped into Prized, I found myself disappointed. It started off great, and finally here is a scenario where women have all the power and treat men like they have treated us for thousands of years! Power to women! What a fantastic choice to move the story I originally thought. Instead I found myself being embarrassed to keep reading. The women in power were just as bad as stereotypical male lead characters and it was a huge disappointment. What had the potential to be a great story line got somehow lost. My disappointment grew as the lack of originality progressed. I still want to read the last instalment in the series. The ending at least in Prized wasn’t a disappointment and I’m happy O’Brien captured my attention. I’m excited to see how things end for Gaia in Promised.  
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Can't wait to read the next one!!!