Prized is the second book in the Birthmarked trilogy and it is a thrilling read from start to finish. It is definitely a book for advanced readers, and I would also suggest it's best suited to girls. The book introduces several new characters who contribute significantly to the development of the plot. I was hooked on Prized for multiple reasons. First, there's Gaia's suitors and her responses to their advances. I felt the angst of having to make a decision, and I liked them all!!! If romance doesn't do it for you, then there's the scientific problems with the community of Sylum, and what can be done to solve the mystery of acclimation sickness and the infertile expoolers. Finally, there's the political problems associated with a community where women make the decisions but are outnumbered by males nine to one. I do not want to give any spoilers because this was a fantastic read. I cannot tell you when I've enjoyed a second book as much as I did this one? WARNING: You definitely need to have read Birthmarked before reading Prized. What are you waiting for?!?!?! Go borrow or buy it now! Thank me later.
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