Prized by Caragh M O'Brien

Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?

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Publication Date:
November 8th, 2011
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Country: United States
ISBN:  1596435704
Original Language: English 
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Romance, Dystopian,
Source: Library
Buy the Book: Amazon
Lootability: Grab it and go!

Prized is the sequel to Caragh M. O'Briens dystopian novel Birthmarked about a society where children are taken from the poor who live outside the wall, to aid in the repopulate the poisoned genetic pool of the rich city dwellers. In Prized Gaia has escaped with her newborn sister and found the village in the Dead Forest; only in finding safety in the matriarchal society Gaia must give up her new sister and Leon.

What I Liked: Gaia is as sweet as ever and is faced with a whole new set of challenges. Instead of having to fear a patriarchal Government where the poor are forced to give up their children, she now belongs to a matriarchal where women are not only in charge, they are expected to live with strict rules - including one requiring them to have ten children to save their dwindling population.
Leon is could be one of my new favourite literary men (along with Four - Divergent, Valek - Poison Study, and Bran - Son of the Shadows). He was so passionate - angry but passionate; his feelings for Gaia are so obvious, you can feel his hurt and his betrayal. They also have one of the best and most realistic fights I've ever read. Instead of sounding forced and monologuing, it comes out natural. You can feel their frustration, their hurt and their determination.

What I Didn't Like: Mostly, my only issue was with some of the science behind the story. I know thats a common complaint from me, but how much do you know about genetics and computers and other technical jibber jabber? I can follow the general gist of things, but sometimes I have trouble grasping the details.
Grab it and go!
The final  instalment Promised is due out in fall (U.S), or Spring here in Australia. I look forward to seeing what happens to Gaia, Leon and her little sister Maya.


1 comment:

  1. Anonymous4:33 PM

    I love your blogs! We have the same taste in books! Bran and Valek are also two of my favorite men in novels!
    I look forward to reading thins one, seeing as your review is good :)


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