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Much better than some other YA ebooks...
on 2 January 2016
After reading a variety of Young Adult Distopian Kindle ebooks (which appears to have its own section in Amazon now too), I was becoming a bit fed up with them. Often, they have a good concept which gets lost in annoying, headstrong, Mary-Sue like protagonists that are never, ever wrong and the plot gets lost in pages and pages of ill-thought out dialogue. That's all before the story comes to head too quickly and you feel completely let down, considering you've spent a good few hours wanting to know what's going to happen and battled your way through the sloppy writing to get there.
Okay, rant over. This book is quite the opposite of what I've written above. The writing in this book is very good. The protagonist, Charlie, has her flaws but I feel that this makes her a well rounded character. She can be annoying at times but you can understand her thought process and why she does what she does.
The other characters in the book are pretty good too but Charlie, considering she's still a teenager, is pretty self-focused for most part and not in a bad way. I was dying to know more about Max and the fantasy country they live in and the language-barriers within that country, and these curiosities of mine were answered slowly, which kept me reading.
However, I again feel a little let down by how quickly the novel came to a head. It was a little slow to start but everything starts moving pretty quickly and I finished the last 60% of this book in a few hours. As you're reading, you can quite easily guess what's going to happen but it doesn't take away from the book itself.
All in all, The Pledge is much better than a good few of these kind of ebooks on Amazon and very good for the price. It felt more like a real book rather than some of the strange self-published-through-Amazon books around, which was a major relief.
I really do recommend this if you're look for a quick yet exciting read.