Gaia has spent her life training to be a midwife, like her mother. Forced to deliver a quota of babies to the Enclave where the rich live luxurious lives, Gaia has never questioned the Enclave, but the night she meets Captain Leon Grey all that changes.
I was initially drawn to Birthmarked by its premise. I have an addiction to dystopians, and especially dystopians that focus on female-centered problems (i.e. Wither, XVI, etc.), and at first I was really happy with where the book was going. I liked the contrast between the Enclave and outside the Enclave. I liked that the protagonist had a scarred face. I liked the pregnancy scenes because hey, that’s something I might go through some day (probably not) and it’s nice getting to read about some of the ins and outs instead of just reading about the breathing and the pain and the pushing.
But then things started to get…kind of unbelievable. Like when it pulled a Once Upon a Time and had an escape with a newborn child. Yeah, because running around with a newborn baby sounds like a thing that could TOTALLY HAPPEN. And please don’t get me started on the ending. I didn’t want to deal with it when another YA novel that I LOVED did it to me, and I certainly didn’t want to deal with it this time.
Dear YA authors,
Please stop it with the cliff hangers. I promise we’ll read the next book if you give us well-written stories. You don’t need to tear our sanity apart.
Coffee & Wizards
P.S. Send more guys like Po.
recommended to dystopian fans
not recommended to those who didn’t enjoy any of the books with similar aspects mentioned above
Don’t just take my word for it!
“This was definitely a story that valued the importance of family, which is nice to see in YA novels.” – Kyle @ A Reader’s Pensieve
“Overall, this book was completely engaging and thought-provoking.” – YA Infatuation
“I was really looking forward to reading it and while at first I found it difficult to get into, once Birthmarked hit its stride, I found myself completely lost in the story.” – Fluttering Butterflies