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ISBN13: 9781596435698
ISBN10: 1596435690
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Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaia's mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty.

Review:

"A wonderful addition to the dystopian genre." TeensReadToo.com

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"Readers who enjoy adventures with a strong heroine standing up to authority against the odds will enjoy this compelling tale." School Library Journal

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"Reminiscent of both 1984 and a Brave New World, this gripping page-turner is a perfect intro to futuristic, dystopian fiction . . . Readers accompany the novel's inspiring heroine on an undertaking brimming with danger, intrigue, and romance." Education.com

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"This science fiction adventure is a brisk and sometimes provocative read, thanks to solid pacing, a resourceful heroine, and a few surprise twists." Publishers Weekly

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"In grand dystopic tradition." Kirkus Reviews

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In the enclave, your scars set you apart, and the newly born will change the future. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have YA readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.

Synopsis:

IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future.

Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaias mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.

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Those marked with a code will determine the future.

One marred by a scar will unravel the past.

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IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future.

Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaias mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.

Synopsis:

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife, Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave. But when Gaias mother and father are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe. Gaias choice is now simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

About the Author

Since earning an MA in writing seminars at Johns Hopkins University, Caragh M. O'Brien has published a number of romance novels for adults. Currently, she teaches high school in Connecticut. This is her first novel for young adults.

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seldombites, January 2, 2014 (view all comments by seldombites)
The basis of this story is an interesting concept that is just realistic enough to be scary. The 'haves' are living lives of luxury inside the city walls, while the 'have-nots' struggle to make ends meet outside. But all is not as it seems inside the city. Despite a monthly tribute of newborn babies from outside the wall, genetic diversity has shrunk, causing an epidemic of haemophilia.

Birthmarked is a decent read, but not a brilliant one. It was interesting enough to read all the way through, but not so great that I will be looking to finish the series.
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Mariah Jensen, September 19, 2010 (view all comments by Mariah Jensen)
Though the idea is good it is hard to stay hooked with this book. I was sitting in a room where a group of people were watching a boring episode of something I had already seen and when faced with the decision of the book or the episode I chose the episode. The book needed to have a better hook at the begining and kept that going throughout the entire thing.
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crowyhead, June 11, 2010 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This isn't as well-thought-out as some of the other dystopian fantasies I've read lately -- in terms of believable characters, it's closer to say, The Dead-Tossed Waves than Catching Fire -- but I gave it extra points for un-put-downable-ness; I kept almost overrunning my lunch hour because I got wrapped up in the book. I like the way O'Brien explores the way that ordinary people get wrapped up in protest, and also demonstrates the way that everyone has a line that they are very much afraid to ...more This isn't as well-thought-out as some of the other dystopian fantasies I've read lately -- in terms of believable characters, it's closer to say, The Dead-Tossed Waves than Catching Fire -- but I gave it extra points for un-put-downable-ness; I kept almost overrunning my lunch hour because I got wrapped up in the book. I like the way O'Brien explores the way that ordinary people get wrapped up in protest, and also demonstrates the way that everyone has a line that they are very much afraid to cross: the way that Masister Khol was willing to pass a note from a prisoner, but deeply resents getting dragged further into any illegal activities, or the way that some of the families within the Enclave are torn between their support of the Enclave and their growing awareness that something is deeply wrong. I think some of this could have been handled better, but it still makes for a fascinating read. I hope that O'Brien continues to hone her abilities as a YA author, and I look forward to reading her future work
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596435698
Author:
O'Brien, Caragh M.
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Action
Subject:
Adventure/General
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Dystopian
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Series:
The Birthmarked Trilogy
Series Volume:
No. 1 of 3
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one map
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Product details 384 pages Roaring Brook Press - English 9781596435698 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A wonderful addition to the dystopian genre."
"Review" by , "Readers who enjoy adventures with a strong heroine standing up to authority against the odds will enjoy this compelling tale."
"Review" by , "Reminiscent of both 1984 and a Brave New World, this gripping page-turner is a perfect intro to futuristic, dystopian fiction . . . Readers accompany the novel's inspiring heroine on an undertaking brimming with danger, intrigue, and romance."
"Review" by , "This science fiction adventure is a brisk and sometimes provocative read, thanks to solid pacing, a resourceful heroine, and a few surprise twists."
"Review" by , "In grand dystopic tradition."
"Synopsis" by , In the enclave, your scars set you apart, and the newly born will change the future. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have YA readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.
"Synopsis" by ,
IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future.

Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaias mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.

"Synopsis" by ,
Those marked with a code will determine the future.

One marred by a scar will unravel the past.

"Synopsis" by ,
IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future.

Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaias mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.

"Synopsis" by ,
In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the wall and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife, Gaia Stone, who live outside. Gaia has always believed it is her duty, with her mother, to hand over a small quota of babies to the Enclave. But when Gaias mother and father are arrested by the very people they so dutifully serve, Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught to believe. Gaias choice is now simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.
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