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“Of the four dystopian books I've read over the past month, "Birthmarked" would have to be my favorite. I found Gaia an interesting character, especially as she is a 16 year-old midwife who is compassionate, strong and determined. I also liked the premise of the book where children are taken...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Disappointing. I am becoming something of a connoisseur of YA dystopian novels, of which there are suddenly an abundance. Hunger Games -- the Matched trilogy -- Divergent. I've also recently read some adult dystopia, including When She Woke -- Oryx and Crake -- Host. Read any of these...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This might have been better via reading versus audiobook (narrator was monotone), but overall I thought the execution of the novel was lacking. The dystopian concept was somewhat interesting, but I felt like this book very much wanted to be The Handmaid's Tale (i.e. a dried-up Lake Michigan as the "un-lake"). I thought the characters dithered around too much instead of taking action, and the ending was especially crap - I didn't like the actions they took when they finally did something. Net, it tries to be interesting, but I don't really care enough to read the next book in the series.”Jen Venson wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sixteen-year-old Gaia is an assistant to her midwife mother. She assists with births and makes sure their quota of Advancing three babies per month to The Enclave is met. The poor citizens on her side of The Wall are supposed to be glad their perfect children have been Advanced to serve The Enclave, to be raised with the rich citizens on the other side of The Wall. Read the rest of my review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/birth-marked-caragh-m-obrien/”Alma Ramos-McDermott wrote this review Thursday, October 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I did not read it. I read a couple of pages and I didn't really understand it or really comprehend it. Maybe this wasn't the right book for me...personally”Kobi wrote this review Sunday, October 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book because it had a very good plot that kept you turning the page.”Sophie Gustafson wrote this review Friday, September 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Midwife apprentice, Gaia, delivers her first baby – unassisted. She inks the baby’s ankle, drinks tea with the mom and wisks the baby away to the Enclave within the prescribed ninety minutes (the first three babies born each month go to homes in the Enclave community). Gaia, praised for her prompt, loyal work, walks home pondering her inner conflict about the mother’s distraught reaction. Old Meg, her midwife mother’s assistant, pulls her aside – Gaia’s parents have been arrested; Meg wants Gaia to run with her to the Dead Forest where Gaia’s grandmother supposedly lives. Gaia believes that after routine questioning her parents will return and so refuses. She gets promoted to midwife and receives generous compensation, but her parents remain jailed. Why? Gaia begins to question the Enclave authority. What’s in the little package that her mother wanted her to have? Should she hold the secret or share it? Insurmountable trouble follows. Who can Gaia trust? First in trilogy (Prized; Promised to follow).”MB @ the Library wrote this review Monday, September 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A teenage midwife must give the first three babies she delivers each month to the Enclave. Is this right or wrong? Can she make a difference?
Note - I liked this book, but I didn't care for the other two books in the series.”
“Okay, I realize that most YA books now-a-days seem to be trilogies or series, but Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1) by Caragh M. O'Brien is one of those series not to be missed. O'Brien does an excellent job building a beautiful (and scary) world from the ground up leaving out no detail in a fast-paced, gripping tale filled with amazingly written and crafted characters that overcome adversity and continue to grow and shift throughout the book.
Birthmarked is a story about a harsh desolate society where there are the "haves," those privileged few that live within the protection of the lush walls of the Enclave and the "have nots," the majority who live on dry and famished outside. Gaia Stone is one of the "have nots." Her family believes in the duty of their work and Gaia follows her mother's footsteps and begins her practice as a midwife who delivers the quota of babies from outside the wall to be "advanced" to those on the inside. Gaia has never questioned what she did or why until her mom and dad are imprisoned and Gaia must try to save them. Her journey opens her eyes to the world and people around her for the first time and sets her on a path of family, adventure, strength, personal growth and friendship that will send her into a direction she never knew or dared to think existed.
This is surely a series that you will not be able to put down and will go looking for Prized (Birthmarked, #2) & Promised (Birthmarked, #3) right after! ”
“Well, I was reading it. I had to return it to the library today or pay a fine (can't keep it over the summer break), but I don't like it that much (I'm halfway through--or, well, once again, I WAS).
It's just...so PREDICTABLE.
I mean, the second Capt. Gray walks in, I have little red lights going off in my head: LOVE INTEREST ALERT. BEEP. BEEP.
And who could forget Bartlett? Knew it was her brother the instant he mentioned his birthmark (maybe I'm just skilled like that?).
Anywho, I can't decide if I want to go and purchase it to finish...a friend of mine says these really pick up in the last pages.
...Does my curiosity get the better of me? Most oftentimes, yes.
So, I suppose, I am about to go waste money on a book that is only a 2.5 star. g_g”