Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien | Book Review #41


‘IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future.
In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be “advanced” into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.
A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.’

The story in this book is really unique because in this story, with it being set in the future. I think it takes place near Lake Erie (pronounced eerie), either on the Canada side or the American side. Wherever this story takes place, its not all that far from the lake. The people call this like the unlake because well, its not a lake anymore. By the time this story has happened, the lake dried up about 300 years ago.

Aside from the unlake; which has somehow stuck with me, the main thing about this book is that Gaia, like her mother, is a Midwife. Helping mothers give birth, and then giving up a certain quota of babies each month to the Enclave. Where then they are adopted to families who live inside the wall. Little do they know though, that the people outside the wall are actually stronger physically, and on a cellular level. Inside the wall, the new generation of kids being born can die from even a paper cut.

Little does their whole world know, that how they may survive, is from the people outside their precious wall.

Overall, I can say that I did enjoy this novel, but I really just think that this book was alright. There wasn’t any big wow factor that drew me in. I can say though that the synopsis of this book was right: the ending is really dramatic. So much so, that I’m pretty sure my eyes fell out of my head from all the eye rolling that I did.

There wasn’t much that drew me into the book, but what kept me reading the story was that the main character has a strong sense of moral. She’s really the only person there who has a strong sense of what’s right and wrong, and because she really has no one left to lose, she’s really daring.

Thanks for reading! Until next time,


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