Birthmarked

It is not often that I finish a book and think, “Holy crap!  What just happened?” or “I hope to God there is more to this story!”  Well, those thoughts just went through my mind when I finished reading Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien.  This book was flippin’ awesome, and I am eagerly anticipating a sequel.  If you like The Hunger Games or The Silenced, you definitely need to read Birthmarked.  You will not be disappointed.

In the not-too-distant future, young Gaia is a midwife.  She is responsible for handing over her first three babies each month to the Enclave, a separate society full of luxuries and advantages not available to those outside its walls.  Families within the Enclave will adopt these children and raise them as their own.  This way of life is all that Gaia has ever known, and she is sure she will spend the rest of her life as a midwife in her sector.

Things change, however, when her parents are arrested by Enclave officials.  Gaia doesn’t know why they’ve been taken, but she knows she must find some way to help them.  With the help of some trusted friends, Gaia sneaks into the Enclave and discovers that life within the walls is not the perfect picture she’s always imagined.  There are secrets here, families torn apart, brutal observances that no one seems to question.  With these revelations, Gaia begins to question everything she’s ever believed in, and she is determined that something has to change.  Is she the one to make it happen?  Is it even possible?  How can one young girl fight a corrupt government with seemingly limitless power?  Is there anyone who will step up and help her, or is she truly all alone?  Read Birthmarked to discover the truth.

I know this synopsis reveals very little about this book, including how the title fits in with the story.  That was my intention.  There are lots of twists and turns in this story’s plot, and I didn’t want to give anything away.  I absolutely loved this book, and I hope you will too!

If you would like more information on Birthmarked or Caragh M. O’Brien, visit http://www.caraghobrien.com/.

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