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January Book Discussion: The Pledge Kimberly Derting

Nominated by Raven, we voted in December's meeting to make this January's book.

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines your class, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. The only reprieve from oppression is within the drug-filled underground club scene. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. As the violent clashes between the totalitarian monarchy and the rebel forces escalate, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible grip of a deadly regime.

Arrive early to grab a snack or a drink and visit with the group. Our discussion will start promptly at 7:30 and we'll wrap it up at 9:00.

Looking forward to seeing you then.

Please remember to make suggestions for future books and vote for the book you'd like to read in February before the meetup.


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  • Becky Kapes O.

    Great concepts, but this book never came together for me. Will not continue with the series, but for anyone who reads it I'm interested to hear if The Essence (book 2) covers any of the topics we discussed.

    January 10, 2013

  • Becky Kapes O.

    I'll definitely be there, hopefully a bit early or at least on time (baby depending).

    January 9, 2013

  • Deborah

    Looking forward to tonights meeting - don't let the rain keep you away. I'll be there early and since we have a lot of new folks, a reminder that I usually grab a table upstairs near the cooking school. See you there!

    I pledge to talk about this book. My typing is my pledge.

    January 9, 2013

  • Deborah

    Sarah, bummer about just getting your copy, we'll miss you. I enjoyed it, hope you do to. I'll post the Feb book - but it looks like Code Name Verity will win so you'll be set for FYA and this in one book.

    January 9, 2013

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