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Book Watch: The Pledge


The Pledge by Kimberly Derting will be released on November 15, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats.

It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 336 pages.


November 15th is a release week that I’ve been waiting for, for a very long time. When I first saw this cover for Kimberly Derting’s dystopian novel, The Pledge, over two hundred days ago, I knew I just had to own this book.

I made my own countdown widget at around the two hundred seventy-two day mark, maybe even farther back than that, and started the countdown.

And while another amazing dystopian novel is releasing on November 15th, which was so off the charts it made my six star rating look feebly inadequate, I just couldn’t miss spotlighting The Pledge which I had known about for so much longer and which I have been pining for, because not only is the cover amazing, so is the author.

The Pledge is a book that I plan on reading before its release as I just saw it in this month’s Galley Grab newsletter from Simon & Schuster. But if I don’t get to read it before release, I will be reading it on release date when my pre-order downloads.

Regardless of my author and cover fandom, this story just sounds so incredible, even for someone – like me – who isn’t a huge reader of dystopian novels. Charlie’s ability is both amazing and dangerous. I would kill to be able to understand all languages, but maybe not if I was stuck in the world she lives in.

I can’t wait to find out about this boy who speaks a language that she doesn’t understand and how her secret is almost revealed because of it. This future society sounds exciting and dangerous and I am so glad that release day is less than a month away.

To read a teaser from The Pledge on the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.


The other book releasing on November 15th, of course, is Shatter Me, which I reviewed less than a week ago. And which I thought was more than amazing and brilliant and beautiful and…everything.

They’re having a huge party on the Facebook page for it this weekend on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Be sure to check it out!


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Goodreads description:

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution.

Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed.

Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….



8 Responses to “Book Watch: The Pledge”

  1. I am so excited for this book to be published! I love Kimberly Derting and she lives in WA so I will be seeing her again. Sadly I can’t go to her release party, dumb weekend work, it gets in the way! I can’t wait for this book!!!

  2. Paulina says:

    The Pledge sounds awesome!
    I keep hearing good things about the story, and the fact that its a mystery/dystopian. Definitely a book I’m pining over.

  3. Avery says:

    Have you read Kimberly’s “Body Finder” series? If so, did you find this book comparable? I am so nervous for this book just because I want to like it SO MUCH! 😉

  4. Betty E. says:

    I’m a big fan of Kimberly Derting and the Body Finder series, so I’m eagerly awaiting The Pledge. It’s great that you’re giving it a shout out alongside Shatter Me. November is going to be a great book release month!

  5. OMG I simply want this…BAD Kim’s books are awesome and I love THEM & HER plus I’ve heard good things about it!!!! T_T me wants me wants!

  6. Fiktshun009 says:

    @Kristina – Oh I’m so sorry you’ll miss the party! I HATE weekend work. 🙁 Hopefully she’ll be around for another signing since she’s in the area. I got to get her books signed at RT. I really hope to get The Pledge signed. And maybe Last Echo someday….

    But this is the one I’ve most been pining for!

    @Paulina – Totally a pine-worthy book! I’m back into wanting to read dystopians again, right at the perfect time for her book’s release.

    @Avery – I have not finished it. I started it when I got the print copy signed, but just because I was glancing through it then found out I couldn’t put it down until I was about 1/3 of the way through. Of course I never got back to it… But I KNOW it’s amazing.

    I’m hoping this one will be too. It looks it. I hate when you’re totally afraid of a book because of expectations. I cannot wait to hear what you think. Do you have it on Galley Grab or did you get an ARC?

    @Betty – November is going to be AWESOME. And The Pledge was one I’ve been waiting for, for such a long time that I had to make it the Book Watch spotlight for that week. (Of course I had to mention Shatter Me because it blew me away.)

    @Alba – Haha, me wants too! 🙂 I haven’t heard the reviews about it yet or the chatter. I’ve tried to hide so that I could experience this one all on my own. But it sounds so amazing that I can’t WAIT to read it!

  7. Avery says:

    Of course I never got back to it…

    Alas, so many books to read- so little time!

    And nope, haven’t read it yet either- Got it pre-ordered through! Sooooooooooo many amazing books coming out in November that it isn’t even funny! 😉

  8. Fiktshun009 says:

    @Avery – Tell me about it, hahaha! I have The Pledge on pre-order. I am dying to read it now, though. There are seriously soooo many books coming out next month, I’m kinda terrified of my reading pile. *gulp*

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