Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
BAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read. this. book.
Gaia is an apprenticed midwife under her mother. They live outside 'the wall' and give a quota of babies to the Enclave (inside 'the wall') each month. Ripping them from the arms of mothers who don't want to give up their children at times. After her first time delivering a baby on her own she feels proud, but sick because that is the first baby she ever had to take and give away. Naturally something terrible happens and her parents disappear. Gaia is forced to start questioning everything she has always believed about the system -- it never seemed so bad before and as it is in dystopian novels: it is wrong to question the 'evil' people in charge and to even think that they are evil.
Gaia is scarred from a burn when she was young and has deeper internal scars that tell her she will never find love. Bit then we meet a handsome but troubled soldier sent to question Gaia... it gets really exciting after that
At any rate there is a lot of action, a really well-written romance, wonderful, vibrant characters and a plot line that just keeps you reading.
It's very, very good.
I'm no good at synopsis. I think I always give away too much info but just give the book a chance.
TOTAL cliff-hanger ending. Just read a little comment by the author and some other people and evidently it is to be part of a trilogy and the second book is to be released fall of 2011. BAH! I can't wait! Maybe, just maybe that will change!!! (probably not, but we can hope)
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