BirthmarkedBook - 2010
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green_hummingbird_85 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 20
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“There are many ways to be a criminal or hero. Don't forget that.”
― Caragh M. O'Brien, Birthmarked
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C O'Brien explores the bonds of kinship in a deteriorating dystopian society that brings to a head many provocative themes, and forces us to ponder some difficult questions and even more troublesome answers. In Birthmarked, three hundred years into the future, humanity's survival depends on diversity. But the citizens of Western Sector Three don't know that. For countless years they have been sacrificing their select newborns to the Enclave for basic necessities, never to see them again. One girl will unravel the mystery and thrust these two societies into chaos.
Birthmarked was such a compelling read because it's chock full of substance. O'Brien's world is one of obedience. Where the technology, the advancements of a bygone era, hydroelectricity, computers, and the means to grow food are all controlled by the Enclave. Their rules are harsh and unforgiving to those that disobey them. Those outside the walls live a simple life, largely uneducated and have to supply...babies to the Enclave, unknowing that genetic defects are so prevalent within the upper gates.