Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Title: Birthmarked

Author: Carach M. O'Brien

Rating: 1 star

Summary: 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.

Review: This is similar to many dystopian books: there is a huge difference between those that have who live in a secluded fancy area, and those that don't have who live outside the fancy area in not so great conditions. The main character has been scarred and/or is considered ugly, but she is still confident and intelligent. She discovers all is not right in her "perfect" society, so she fights back. In this case, there wasn't a total overthrow of the government or the beginning of a revolution, so it seemed kind of pointless. Gaia's life was completely destroyed, her parents were killed, she has to run away to a barren wasteland that may or may not exist, and the Enclave still got the information they wanted. Yes, now people outside the wall will be able to find out who adopted their children, but how does that help? And if those inside the wall are so eager to adopt children from outside the wall, why is there a wall? Not only is Gaia's life destroyed for nothing, the reasons for it being destroyed are questionable at best.     

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