Amazon Exclusive: Margaret Stohl Reviews The Pledge
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
"Kimberly Derting's remarkably original and deliciously romantic dystopian, The Pledge
, unfolds at a breakneck pace. I held my breath until the very last page and am already desperate for more!"-Carrie Ryan
, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH
"Derting gives texture to Charlie's future society, hinting at a not-so distant past when cities had names and people wanted democracy but became corrupt and turned to an all powerful Queen. Danger, dread, mystery, and romance are a potent combination for those that enjoy their dystopian-light fiction action packed." -Booklist
"fast-paced and engrossing" -VOYA
"A girl reluctantly faces her destiny in this gripping dystopian fantasy. Derting (Desires of the Dead
, 2011, etc.) keeps her story consistently engaging through vivid description and brisk pacing, propelling Charlie through her adventure. She throws enough romance into the mix to satisfy but keeps the main focus on suspense. More great suspense from a prolific new writer with a vibrant imagination."—Kirkus Reviews
"Derting’s chilling dystopia envisions an America ruled by monarchy, most of its cities razed, and its citizens straitjacketed in a caste system divided by language...[and is] right on when depicting the bonds of family, friendship, and first love."--Publishers Weekly