Birthmarked #3: Promised, by Caragh O’Brien

Promised (Birthmarked, #3)Promised by Caragh M. O’Brien
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After waiting for a year for this to come out, I eagerly reread “Prized” and dove right into “Promised.” I liked it, but I hyped it too much in my mind. The first two books in the trilogy were SO GOOD. The sequel was better than the first…Yet, the third installment did not live up to my expectations.

Certainly, there were surprises and twists–and O’Brien is amazing with her irony…but, I just feel…emotionally let down.

I can’t say there wasn’t a satisfying resolution–because there was. I can’t say that thinks were tied up too neatly, because they weren’t. Characters die that you are close to…perhaps, I am sad for the characters? Perhaps, I wanted something as unique as “Prized”? I don’t know exactly.

There are many issues that hit home and hit hard: artificial insemination, adoption, genetics, abortion, class differences, motherhood and feminist ideology…And the group of rebels is seeks justice and reformation, not just an overthrow. There is a lot of awesomeness: great themes, excellent characterizations, emotional development and great story arc.

It is missing something that the previous two books had, which I think is its freshness in the world of YA dystopias. Either way, it is a great read!

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