Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
Date Published: October 2nd, 2012
After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever. She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher. Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what--or whom--she loves most?
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
First off, this book was amazing. I've been waiting for this book for almost 5 months since I finished the 2nd book of the series, Prize. This is the final book of the series Birthmarked, which is one of my favorite series of all time, and I have to say it was superb.
The characters were very well developed; I never found myself thinking, Why on Earth would that character do that? Instead, I found myself enjoying every single little thing that the character did, especially Gaia and Leon's relationship. They are just so cute together! I like Peter and Will, but really she has more of a history with Leon. He pretty much sacrificed himself for her, and he ended up getting tortured.
Another character I also found weirdly intriguing was the Protectorat. Although he was a wickedly evil person, I found his character development done very oddly. At some points, I just wanted to tear off his face, literally. For example, why would a father want to even think about torturing his own son? That is pure evil.
Toward the end of the book I found myself actually crying, honest to God crying, tears were streaming down my face. I hate when authors kill off my favorite characters, or make something happen to a couple that makes it seem impossible for them to stay together. I really can't say to much more without giving the whole book away. Hopefully you'll enjoy the book as much as me.