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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.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781596435698
1596435690
Branch Call Number: y OBRIEN 2010
Characteristics: 362 p. :,map ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Birth marked

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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.

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 is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city. First in a series.


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Feb 13, 2015
  • LauraSteinert rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Thrust into womanhood and a demanding job (midwife) at sixteen, Gaia comes home from her first solo delivery to find her parents arrested and taken into the city she is not allowed to enter. Her job requires her to "harvest" her first three deliveries each month for the city people to adopt--but now she knows what it is like to lose a loved one. Then things get worse... A great book for teens, but also a lovely reminder for women of how hard it is to hold everything together when the world around you is being torn apart by forces too powerful to thwart.

Nov 25, 2014

teen book but might b e good!

Nov 25, 2014
  • GhostWriterAt221B rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Riveting. A definite worthwhile read. Gaia is bland at first before blossoming into a true heroine. The cliffhanger ending will leave you yearning for Leon's conclusion and Gaia and Maya's journey into the Dead Forest.

Jul 27, 2014

I liked this book series. I could totally see this a movie.

Mar 04, 2014

"In a future world decimated by climate change, apprentice midwife Gaia lives along the shore of what used to be Lake Michigan, helping her mother deliver babies and making sure to "advance" the required three newborns per month to the exclusive, walled-in Enclave. Gaia is forced to infiltrate the Enclave herself after her parents are arrested as traitors, and though she finds help (maybe even love?) from someone unexpected, she also uncovers devastating secrets that shatter her understanding of her society. This intriguing, provocative thriller is the 1st in a trilogy that continues with Prized and Promised." Teen Scene March 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/a2d2fecb-0036-4e36-bcd4-d3276847a40f?postId=2f01dac0-7358-4d12-879a-5d09c90eb51c

Aug 22, 2013
  • humptydumptywaspushed 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.

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!

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!

Mar 10, 2013

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

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.

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Jul 06, 2013
  • green_hummingbird_85 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 21, 2013
  • Sounddrive rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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

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Jun 10, 2012
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Oct 11, 2011
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 11, 2011
  • 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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Oct 11, 2011
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Oct 10, 2011
  • Mahala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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