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.
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