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Birthmarked

O'Brien, Caragh M. (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Birthmarked


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In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.
Authors: O'Brien, Caragh M.
Title: Birthmarked
Publisher: New York :, Roaring Brook Press,, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 362 p. :,map ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Caragh M. O'Brien
Summary: In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.
Awards & Distinctions: A Junior Library Guild selection
Alternate Title: Birth marked
ISBN: 9781596435698
1596435690
Branch Call Number: y OBRIEN 2010
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Report This Aug 22, 2013
  • humptydumtywaspushed rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this book was good. The characters I could relate to (not for everything, because obviously there are some parts in the book that I couldn't), although the beginning of the book wasn't as good for me as the middle or the end.

Report This Jun 02, 2013
  • shasey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is amazing!! I am in love with the characters. Leon and Gaia mostly! can't wait to read the 3rd book!

Report This Mar 17, 2013
  • aliciamarie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you liked Hunger Games Trilogy you will love this trilogy also! Great writing. Keeps you guessing! There are also 2 short "in-between" books that go with this series also that I highly recommend!

Amazing book! I loved reading it and anyone else who reads it will enjoy it too!

Report This Dec 01, 2012
  • miarocks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

INCREDIBLE BOOK!!! I highly recommend this book to fans of the hunger games, but I am positive that anyone would love it. Fascinating characters and an intriguing plot keeps readers hooked. Caragh O'brien is an author superior to all others. READ THE BIRTHMARKED TRILOGY! Believe me, you will not be disappointed.

Report This Aug 26, 2012
  • Violet_Dove_43 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

a great read, i really enjoyed reading gaias story.

Report This Jul 26, 2012
  • Doodlebug77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was a great read. It started off slow, but once the heroine, Gaia, started to be bold and express herself, the book became amazing. There's a mild romance in the book that you expect and you want to hurry up, but doesn't come until the second-last chapter of the book, making you ready for the next book, Prized. Gaia is a midwife who serves the Enclave, which is the name of the government that rules. But she becomes a fugitive, which makes everything more interesting.

Report This Jul 05, 2012
  • ekk097 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very unique dystopian novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. Some parts were so descriptive you can really imagine the inside city or the place of those who live outside the wall. I think the main character has a bunch of excellent traits, except she can be so naive at times. Just a great read overall.

Report This Jun 10, 2012
  • PurpleBerry rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is another dystopian novel that I really enjoyed. I also read Tortured: A bridge story between Birthmarked and Prized, which I got for free on the kindle.

Report This Feb 16, 2012
  • tuttleliz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you liked Hunger Games or Matched, you will enjoy this Dystopian trilogy as well!

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  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

C O'Brien explores the bonds of kinship in a deteriorating dystopian society that brings to a head many provocative themes, and forces us to ponder some difficult questions and even more troublesome answers. In Birthmarked, three hundred years into the future, humanity's survival depends on diversity. But the citizens of Western Sector Three don't know that. For countless years they have been sacrificing their select newborns to the Enclave for basic necessities, never to see them again. One girl will unravel the mystery and thrust these two societies into chaos. Birthmarked was such a compelling read because it's chock full of substance. O'Brien's world is one of obedience. Where the technology, the advancements of a bygone era, hydroelectricity, computers, and the means to grow food are all controlled by the Enclave. Their rules are harsh and unforgiving to those that disobey them. Those outside the walls live a simple life, largely uneducated and have to supply...babies to the Enclave, unknowing that genetic defects are so prevalent within the upper gates.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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