BirthMarked (BirthMarked #1)


Author: Caragh O’Brien                                                                                                  Published: March 30, 2010                                                                                                 Pages: 361

Stars: 4 out of 5


In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be “advanced” into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.


This story was surprisingly good. Although, I did feel there were times the author added pointless filler information that really slowed the book down. But overall the depth of the main character was remarkably realistic and refreshing. The main character Gaia has a scared face and her whole life she has been treaded like a freak. Because if this, she doesn’t feel like anyone could truly like or lover her outside her one friend and her parents. Gaia lives outside the wall and is a loyal midwife until her parents are put in prison. Getting captured after sneaking over the wall to see her parents, her loyalties begin to shift. This is especially true once she meets Leon. While imprisoned she is asked to crack the code her parents left. Once she does, she realizes the horror of what she has done. Gaia loses everything inside the wall but she grows stronger and more determined to survive.

This story asks the reader to see both sides of the question: what is morally right? Is it right to focus on the individual or try to save the whole, meaning the entire community? If certain people have the genetic makeup to save the population, how far would you go to save your friends, family, and town?


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