The Pledge by Kimberly Derting 5/5*****
Seventeen-year-old Charlaina is from Ludania, a country ruled by a cruel queen. The country is divided into a class system and every class has its own language. No lower-class citizens of Ludania can speak or even understand the language of the upper-class. Even to look upon an upper-class citizen while they speak their language is punishable by death, as is understanding a language not meant for you.
Written and illustrated by Chloe Bonfield
Running Press Kids
I found this to be a very beautiful, sweet story about a young boy’s quest to find the perfect tree – though a bit sinister, a bit macabre, in the atmospheric-sense, which of course I liked.
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When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems.
I will say that I am not a huge fan of science fiction at all. I don’t like futuristic reads, I’m really not one for outer space or an alternate universe, even dystopian books are a challenge for me. But this one is one of the few that managed to hold my attention for quite a bit of time.