Saturday, April 24, 2010

Birth Marked by Caragh M. O'Brien

Gaia Stone lives in a future world where she is a midwife alongside her mother. Gaia's world is divided in two, those who live inside the walls of the Enclave and those outside. Gaia is on the outside. Gaia serves the Enclave, as many do. Every month, the first three babies she delivers are brought to live inside the Enclave. When Gaia's parents are arrested for things Gaia believes they never did, she begins to question all she knows. Is life inside the Enclave really all its made out to be? Gaia has a choice, sneak into the Enclave and find her parents or live the rest of her life asking questions with no answers. Join Gaia as she learns the truth about herself, her parents, and the Enclave.

Birth Marked by Caragh M. O'Brien was a good book. Birth Marked is a little bit creepy because it takes place in the future and could possibly, but hopefully not, happen. The creepiness is part of what makes this book so good. The science in this book is about DNA. The scientists in the book have to check people's DNA to make sure no siblings marry each other. There were a few slow parts in the middle but other than that it was very interesting. O'Brien's writing style reminded me of Margaret Peterson Haddix's Among the Hidden books. I enjoyed both of these authors so if you like the Among the Hidden series, you will probably like Birth Marked. Overall, Birth Marked was a very interesting and captivating book.

This book is fine for young adults, but, since the main character is a midwife, there is a lot about giving birth in it.

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Harleysville, PA USA