16 year old Gaia Stone lives in a world where some live, as does she, outside the wall, in relative poverty, and some live a privileged existence inside the wall. She has followed in the footsteps of her mother and become a midwife, and is therefore required to "advance" the first three infants she delivers each month, which means take them from their mothers and give them to the Enclave where they will be raised by wealthy families and live a life of luxury. Gaia doesn't question this until her parents are arrested and she must get inside the wall to see her mother. What happens once she is inside the wall makes up the majority of the story.
Birth marked is an exciting read that I will definitely be recommending to some of the grade eights at my school. I think it would be enjoyed by lovers of dystopia as well as those who love a tough female character. Warning: This is not a stand alone story. There are questions left unanswered when this story ends. :-(
Middle School former Teacher Librarian - then MYP math and science. Update... VERY recently retired! Still adjusting that I'm not just on summer vacation!!!
Just didn't enjoy it as much as Shadow and Bone. I just felt like the author was really trying a bit too hard to draw this story out. I was able to put it down several times and I couldn't put Shadow and Bone down so there's the differen...
The Grisha triology is a fantasy series that I really enjoyed. I reread the last book because I thought I wasn't remembering something. I'm a bit confused because I've started King of Scars and Nikolai isn't as I remembered. Don't want...
by Tahereh Mafi
I’m not usually someone who enjoys a story that is predominantly about the attraction between two people BUT I did like this one. The setting is one year after 9/11 and 16 year old Shirin, an American born Muslim whose family moves freq...
I love a good mystery, and although I correctly guessed the murderer in the first chapter, I still thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns.