Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
Series: Birthmarked #2
Prized is the second book in the Birthmarked
trilogy. I was curious to see how Gaia
faired given Birthmarked ended with Gaia traveling solo into the barren
Gaia is recued in the wasteland by a citizen of
Sylum and taken to live in their community.
While Gaia discovers her own grandmother was once a Matrarc in Sylum,
become apparent to Gaia that Sylum has some major issues. Sylum is run exclusively by women and that is
partly due to the fact that women are quickly becoming extinct in their
community. For every 10 children that
are born in Sylum only about 1 is a girl.
Another disturbing problem is a mysterious acclimation sickness that
prevents anyone from leaving Sylum.
Gaia’s sister Maya is taken from Gaia to live with a more “suitable”
family. Gaia is heartbroken to not get
her sister back and soon is more troubled to learn that Leon is very much alive
yet locked up in the Sylum prison. Gaia
must submit to the current leader known as the Matrarc to try and free Leon and
earn rights to visit her sister. With
the help of some newly met friends, Gaia must try to overthrow the current
Sylum government and find an antidote to the acclimation sickness so the
oppressed people of Sylum can leave and prosper elsewhere.
What I LIKED about this book
This was definitely a fast-paced, page-turning
book. Once again I loved the setting
O’Brien created and found the genetic mysteries intriguing.
What I DISLIKED about this book
A love square.
Oh how I loathe love triangles, let alone love squares. I think Twilight and Hunger Games were enough
love triangles for a lifetime. I almost
put this book down because I was so disappointed in the conniving, flirtatious
Gaia. But I’m glad I kept going. Another thing I disliked was Leon’s
character. His character almost changed
completely from Birthmarked and suddenly he was a brooding, stubborn girl. Overlooking some major character flaws, I sometimes
found Leon unbelievably sweet; doing anything for Gaia including taking care of
Maya and Maya’s wet nurse (he even cooks!).
Overall I thought this was a strong second book
in the Birthmarked series, 4.5 out of 5 stars.
It will appeal to fans of dystopian and romance novels. I thought this book was a page-turner even
more so than the first and I am excited to read Promised. Hopefully Gaia and Leon will stop bickering
like school children and finally find a place to live free of tyrant rule. Hopefully…the trilogy’s I have read so far
have typically finished with the 3rd book being a hot mess! Fingers crossed…