Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien

admin    May 26, 2010

Gaia Stone is following in her mother’s footsteps. She has been training to be a midwife for years and is ready to accept her role in the community. For as long as she can remember, life on the outside of the wall has been this way. The first three babies of the month are advanced to the Enclave to be adopted and live their life inside the wall. While the pain of losing a child is great, the mothers know their baby will be living in a community with conveniences not available to the people living in Wharfton like electricity and running water.

However, Gaia’s world is completely shaken when her parents are arrested and taken into the Enclave.  She starts to examine what (and who) she really believes. 

  • Why are the babies being advanced? 
  • Are things really better in the Enclave? 
  • Where have her parents been taken?
  • Who can she trust?
  • Why has her mother been “marking” the babies, and why is that so important?

I read this book when I had a massive head cold, could barely keep my eyes open and desperately needed sleep.  Yet, it was so good that I STILL finished it in one sitting!  Yes, it’s another dystopian novel, but it has a fresh perspective.  Really. 

You’ll definitely like Gaia, and want to find out answers just as badly as she does.  The ending is just screaming for a sequel.  I certainly hope that Ms. O’Brien is working on one now, so we don’t have to wait too long to find out what happens next.

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