In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like 16-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.
©2011, 2012 Caragh O'Brien (P)2012 Tantor
"[People] who enjoy adventures with a strong heroine standing up to authority against the odds will enjoy this compelling tale." (School Library Journal)
I really liked this story. This is about a strong 16-year-old midwife who has thought everything she has been taught was right then realizes, maybe not. In her heart she feels she needs to right not only her wrongs but her communities wrongs for her family and community. While doing this she has her own personal stuggles because of an accident she endured when she was a toddler and has left her scared on one side of her face. With her insecurities and feelings of being an outcast she still finds strength to do what she feels is right and capture the eye of a forbiden interest and possible love because of her strength and beauty within. Narration was done very well. Carla Mercer-Meyer may not have distinguished her characters with the very different and distinct voice acting for each individual character i usually like, but she paced herself beautifully and distinguished each character with the feelings she put into her narration to convey what each character was going through at the time.
This was an extremely creative read. The main character was pretty childish though she was practically a child anyway. She makes a lot of decisions that other people pay the price for and she does as well. Though she makes theses decisions based on her beliefs of what is right and wrong and no one can changer her mind.
Gaia is the main character...I love how she knows who she is. She won't change for anyone!
I listened to the entire Birthmarked series and they were equally great.
Yes...my husband as well.
Check it out!
This series is creative, though I would rate the second and third book lower than the first.
Be warned this book leaves you on a cliffhanger for book two.
I would definitely listen to the first Book again
In a world of YA fiction where all dystopian novels are starting to sound alike, this one feels refreshingly different. It isn't just about a girl versus The System: it's about the value of life, the sacredness of family, the perception of beauty, and the awakening of courage. I like that what Leon most values about Gaia is that she does what she knows is right, regardless of the consequences. I can cheer on a character like that.
Leon because his story unfolded gradually.
When Gaia saved a baby via emergency c-section on a dead mother. I found myself cheering on the baby to live!
Life First (the inscription from Gaia's locket)
I noticed the mixed reviews about this narrator, but I enjoyed her performance. My only criticism is that the pace felt unnecessarily slow with some unnatural pauses in sentences, but I appreciated that she wanted to take it easy, giving her listeners a chance to absorb details that could be confusing otherwise. If you like the narration of Kate Simses (Matched), you'll like Carla Mercer-Meyer.
The narrator was HORRIBLE! I don't think I could say it enough. The reader read everything completely wrong even when it said differently in the book. She would read a confrontation calmly when the book stated ".....blah blah blah, they argued." The book says that she becomes a strong woman and the narrator makes her sound like a weak little girl who has no clue what she is doing and is terrified like a 4 year old. When she is being interrogated, the narrator makes it sound like she is pleading by saying I'm sorry like a little girl when the book has her being strong and confident. This chick should never narrate a book again in her life.
Great story, HORRIBLE READER!!!
I thought this book series had a strong story line and character connections seemed to flow well.
I thought it was very different and interesting as to how babies are are just as precious as water in a world that barely has any water.
It made me irritated at times because like most female characters created by female authors seem to always be self destructive/dumb. Which is the same in this book. The main character whom is a female does dumb things after dumb things to get herself deeper into trouble.
Overall I felt the author and narrator did a fantastic job! I do suggest this book to fellow Dystopian fans.
I'm a foreigner on Earth just visiting for a lifetime. I may as well escape through books while I'm here.
The uniqueness of the futuristic storyline.
Delirium. Very similar writing styles, as well as age based genre equalities.
No. It was slow in parts, and the narrator's voice easily made me sleepy.
The narrator is not great or terrible. She is just ok. She paused sometimes, which led me to believe she was ending a chapter, when really she was still in the middle of sentence. The book was still enjoyable, and her pronunciation was well.
The lead needs to grow up. I understand that her entire world has been torn upside down but from the start to the end she really never grows up. Instead she keeps having tantrums.
The voice actor needs more practice, a rich deep male voice reading this book would have been better.
I could see this as a tv series, if the characters were allowed to grow and flesh out more.
It's good to see books placed in Michigan. So many writers seem to forget we exist.
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