Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday - The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Rules:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) or so “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

I'm only about 30 pages in, but I can tell this one is going to be very different from other books. Here's a snippet where we learn a little bit about how Charlie views her world, when she listens to the Pledge:
But today, maybe for the first time ever, I heard them. I noted the words we emphasized: worship, obey, respect, contribute, report. I listed the order of importance in my head: queen, then country, then class. The Pledge was a command as much as it was a promise, yet another way that the queen demanded that we protect her and our way of life. ~ pgs. 21-22
This is the ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy


Words are the most dangerous weapon of all.

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

*Description taken from Goodreads

4 comments:

Candace said...

That's a great teaser! I loved this book SO much! And I think you picked the perfect bit to share. I hope you really love the book!

BrittLit said...

Fantastic teaser. Can't wait to see your review of this!

Maria said...

Nice teaser! This book sounds really good - prehaps I should give it a try! :)

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I wasn't completely thrilled with The Body Finder, but I think I might have to give her new series a shot. I love reading dystopian stories, and the synopsis definitely caught my attention. Hmmm...

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