Publication Date: November 15, 2011
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In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.In a world where each class has its own language, it is a surprise to hear that Charlie has an ability to understand all of them, even languages she has never heard before. In a club, she meets Max, a boy that instantly attracts her, but his friends speak a language that is not of her class even though she understands every word. It appears that both Max and Charlie have secrets of their own. In The Pledge, secrets are not the only things that work to tear them apart.
Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.--Goodreads
Oh my, this book! It is fantastic!