Promised : Birthmarked

  • by Caragh M. O'Brien
  • Narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Series: Birthmarked
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever.
She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. In Gaia's absence, the Enclave has grown more cruel, more desperate to experiment on mothers from outside the wall, and now the stakes of cooperating or rebelling have never been higher. Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what-or whom-she loves most?


What the Critics Say

"A satisfying finish to a strong series that deftly mixed romance and, of all things, genetics." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A good 3rd and final book.

Any additional comments?

This final book of the series was pretty good and not quite what I expected. I thought it could have been a bit better. It felt a little rushed. But I did enjoy it all the same and I think this book was worth buying.

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- Andrew "Parks Horseshoeing"

Half-hearted ending

What disappointed you about Promised?

I really enjoyed the first two books, but found the premise of the third, as well as the ending lukewarm. It's a dystopia, so I knew it couldn't necessarily end happily. Someone is likely to die, etc., but I felt that this is one of those resolutions that wasn't entirely believable. Also, I loved Gaia as a character, but she seemed increasingly whiny in the second and now this third book -- she didn't seem to really grow as a woman, even though I think we are supposed to believe she does what with her leadership role, etc. Instead I felt that she was still making stupid impulsive mistakes that could have costed her her life, or now her community's life. That's not evidence of character growth. Also, although suspension of disbelief can allow for me to believe some of the science fiction elements, there did seem to be some biological impossibilities to the ending (I can't say what, it would be a spoiler). Having personal known someone who went through a similar medical procedure, I know that the book's description of it was not informed, and seemed to lack research.

Has Promised turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. This is my favorite genre still.

What does Carla Mercer-Meyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She was a great performer and made the book worthwhile to listen to.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Some disappointment, since I didn't feel it was properly resolved.

Any additional comments?

I am not unsatisfied enough to want a refund, but not exactly enthusiastic about reading any more of this author's books. It was entertaining, and I'm sure others would enjoy it as well.

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- Chiquita

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-28-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio