After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever.
She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher. Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what-or whom-she loves most?
©2011, 2012 Caragh O'Brien (P)2013 Tantor
"A satisfying finish to a strong series that deftly mixed romance and, of all things, genetics." (Booklist)
I really enjoyed the first two books, but found the premise of the third, as well as the ending lukewarm. It's a dystopia, so I knew it couldn't necessarily end happily. Someone is likely to die, etc., but I felt that this is one of those resolutions that wasn't entirely believable. Also, I loved Gaia as a character, but she seemed increasingly whiny in the second and now this third book -- she didn't seem to really grow as a woman, even though I think we are supposed to believe she does what with her leadership role, etc. Instead I felt that she was still making stupid impulsive mistakes that could have costed her her life, or now her community's life. That's not evidence of character growth. Also, although suspension of disbelief can allow for me to believe some of the science fiction elements, there did seem to be some biological impossibilities to the ending (I can't say what, it would be a spoiler). Having personal known someone who went through a similar medical procedure, I know that the book's description of it was not informed, and seemed to lack research.
No. This is my favorite genre still.
She was a great performer and made the book worthwhile to listen to.
Some disappointment, since I didn't feel it was properly resolved.
I am not unsatisfied enough to want a refund, but not exactly enthusiastic about reading any more of this author's books. It was entertaining, and I'm sure others would enjoy it as well.
This final book of the series was pretty good and not quite what I expected. I thought it could have been a bit better. It felt a little rushed. But I did enjoy it all the same and I think this book was worth buying.
When I read Birthmarked I was excited....I thought it was a really good plot and thought it could be a match for the hunger games, but this last installment was horrible. The capture...escape...capture....escape was so boring I just wanted to be over already. Horrible ending to the trilogy. SOOOO disappointed!!!
I only listen to books lately
changed tone of voice for characters
Great book for teen or adult females
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 book, HORRIBLE READER!!!
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