Series: Birthmarked, #1
IN THE FUTURE, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave. But when Gaia's mother and father are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe . Gaia's choice is now simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.WARNING: This books does contain childbirth and all that, so if blood and all that stuff makes you quesy, well, be careful with this book. But, don't worry too much, Birthmarked does not go into too much detail with all the whole childbirth thing. It only gives you the basic idea.
Well, let's get started. Birthmarked is set way after 2011. In these futuristic times, people have run out of fuel, electricity, and all the comfortable accomadtions that we have nowadays. But, some people still have running water from faucets. Want to guess who? Those who live inside the wall. The rich and priveleged. Unfair don't you think? Consider the people outside the wall who have greater quatities of people to feed. The residents have to travel to the well to get their water.
Here comes Gaia. She, unfortunately, was burned on one side of her face due to an "accident", and has to live outside the wall because she has an "imperfection." Bad for her, right? But, at least she's happy...until everything changes. Parents kidnapped, yatta yatta. Now, here comes the dark and irresistble blue-eyed Leon. A guard, nonetheless. He turns Gaia's world upside down...in more ways than one.
I would continue narrating the story, but that would be giving away too much. Just get this. Leon is AMAZING! Cold, brooding, but with a sincere motive, he is beautiful(yes, I just described a guy as beautiful)! One more warning, though. He does not do well with children(at least, that's what I got from the book)! But what tortured guy does? YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! Already, this is my second time reading Birthmarked, and I loved it once again. And if you liked Delirium by Lauren Oliver, then this book is definitely for you.
About the Author:
A native of St. Paul, Minessota, Caragh M. O'brien was educated at Williams College and Johns Hopkins University. She has long delighted in codes and languages, especially those that breach the walls that otherwise divide people. Currently, Caragh teaches English at Tolland High School and lives with her family in quiet Storrs, Conneticut. This is her first young adult novel.