Summary of Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien:
After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopian world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It’s Gaia’s job to “advance” a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the night one agonized mother objects, and Gaia’s parents are arrested.
Badly scarred since childhood, Gaia is a strong, resourceful loner who begins to question her society. As Gaia’s efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she herself is arrested and imprisoned.
Fraught with difficult moral choices and rich with intricate layers of codes, Birthmarked explores a colorful, cruel, eerily familiar world where one girl can make all the difference, and a real hero makes her own moral code. (Source:Goodreads)
My Review of Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien:
I am a huge fan of YA dystopian novels, so when I picked Birthmarked up I knew I’d enjoy it: and I did! I was riveted from the very first page. Caragh O’Brien pulled me into Birthmarked after just a few words, and I was fascinated. Gaia is an awesome MC, she is tough and has a strong personality, once her parents are taken from her she starts standing up for what she believes is right even though she knows how much danger she is putting herself in. She is afraid, but not too afraid to be true to herself.
It is such an original plot. The Enclave reminds me of goverments I’ve seen other places (like The Forest of Hands and Teeth), but the way she sets things up is completely different. The infant “advances” are chilling. Without giving too much away, I think that the conflict that arises from that system makes a lot of sense and Birthmarked just comes together so well.
I also loved Leon. He is another strong character, I loved the way his and Gaia’s interactions involved from cold exchanges to friendship.
I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next in this trilogy,
I definitely recommend picking up Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien!