What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Monday, November 5, 2012

Promised by Caragh M. O'Brien

I remember starting this series after Birthmarked came out. I had no idea where she was going to take it, but I loved Gaia's story and couldn't wait to find out more. And finally the ending to her story was released and I eagerly dove into it. I'm going to warn you right now that if you haven't read the first two books and plan on it, don't read this review or the summary. I just don't want anything to be spoiled for you.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: 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?

What I Liked: 1) Well, I was right if anyone is counting! If you read my review of book 2, Prized, you'll remember that I said that Gaia's personality changed from strong and confident to kind of weak and brainwashed. But I predicted that she'd get her confidence back and that rebellious spirit that I had enjoyed so much in Birthmarked. And I was right. Once again she was a stronger personality, and her bravery and self-sacrifice was great. 2) The Enclave's experiments. Okay, I didn't like these at all. But I loved the sentiment behind them and the reaction that I had as a reader to the results. There is one thing in particular that you just think, oh, there is no way they will actually do that. They can't! How can it end that way? And when you realize what happens, it just felt like this stone dropped in the pit of my stomach. Like, no matter what happened after, this one result just put a damper on the rest of the story. But what I loved about it was that it first, surprised me that Miz O'Brien went there, and second, the deep reaction that I had to it. I think it will stun a lot of people. 3) This was the most...active of the three books. There was a big "storm the palace" scene that was really great, because I felt as if I was watching it from several different angles, instead of reading words on a page. But there was so much movement as the residents of Sylum are on the move towards the Enclave. It was as if in books one and two, we are in this world that we've only explored parts of. But in the third book we finally saw how it was all connected.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing!

Overall Thoughts: There was so much to say about Promised, I don't even know that I could get it all in this review. The bittersweet ending to Gaia and Leon's story was emotional, action-filled, and finished the story right back where we belonged in an interesting circle. Gaia is an MC that everyone can root for! And the love story, while not the main focus on the story, is light and sweet and will touch your heart. If you haven't read this trilogy, I'd recommend it for anyone who is looking for a different dystopian story with a great MC and an over-arching love story that doesn't take over the rest of the plot.

My Rating: 5 shots

2 comments:

  1. Wow, this sounds like a really great series. Maybe sometime I will get to it.

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    1. It really was. I enjoyed it and was pleased to see that the level of writing continued from beginning to end.

      Courtney

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