Friday, March 2, 2012
Prized (Birthmarked #2) by Caragh M. O'Brien
This is the second book in the Birthmarked trilogy. I totally enjoyed this book as much as I did the first one. In a dystopian future where the world has been damaged and water is scarce, 16 year old Gaia, carrying her newborn sister after their mother died in childbirth, has barely escaped from the city where, as a midwife, she had been commanded to remove some of the newborn children she delivered from their mothers and give them to the leadership of the city because they had a declining genetic pool. She winds up in Sylum, a sickened community ruled by women, and where the men outnumber the women by 9 to one. As a midwife and doctor, Gaia wonders why more boys than girls are being born there, and she finds clues when she assists with an autopsy as to what is going on. Forget love triangles, when the men outnumber the women by such a large number, Gaia winds up in a love square or worse. She resists the powerful Matrarc, the blind, pregnant strangely charismatically controlling leader of the group for as long as she can. This book is filled with suspense and romance, issues of politics and human rights. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it. I am eagerly waiting for the third book to come out!