This is a sequel! Check out my review of Birthmarked first!
Goodreads summary: Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?
Okay, so full disclosure: I read this back in August and forgot to take any notes, so my memory of this book…pretty hazy, but there are couple things that still stand out:
1. I thought the society that Gaia stumbles into is interesting. At first, I really liked it because I thought it was bringing up some really important feminist arguments regarding power and consent. But the more I read, the more uncomfortable I felt. It felt more like an example of feminist backlash. I felt like the author was saying “see what happens when we go too far? See what happens when women get too much power?” And maybe that’s not what she was saying, but in a time when women still lack power but are told that they hold too much, I did not think the setting sent a good message.
2. I really hated the love triangle. The parallels to the Delirium/Pandemonium series is beginning to alarm me.
Apologies for the failtastic nature of this review. THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS TAKE NOTES, BLOGGERS. I should really start taking notes, while I’m reading.
Don’t just take my word for it! (Seriously. Don’t.)
“Prized all in all delivered fast paced story telling with solid character and world development.” – Tina’s Books Reviews
“I think O’Brien asks good questions, but doesn’t necessarily pan out with the answers.” – Gimme More Books
“Birthmarked is a stand-out dystopian trilogy that will get you considering important societal issues and leave you holding your breath.” – The Pretty Books