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!


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….


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