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In a future world baked dry by the sun and divided into those who live inside the wall and those who live outside it, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is forced into a difficult choice when her parents are arrested and taken into the city.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781596435698
Branch Call Number: YA O'Bri
Characteristics: 362 p. : map ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Birth marked


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I wasn’t sure about this one when I started….and then I missed my transit stop twice while reading this book and the sequel. So, yes, I really got into it. Dystopic YA – but focused on gender roles and reproductive issues and genetics. First of a trilogy- the third book was just released and I’ll start reading it today. (submitted by JF)

Nov 08, 2016

I was held captive until the end. No really, I actually read it in one sitting. It had a great dystopian setting that I so love, yet was different enough to set it apart. It definitely could have used some more backstory and fleshing out some details but it was pretty good overall.

Jul 25, 2015

I was captivated by this book till the end, it is really an amazing book

Feb 13, 2015

Thrust into womanhood and a demanding job (midwife) at sixteen, Gaia comes home from her first solo delivery to find her parents arrested and taken into the city she is not allowed to enter. Her job requires her to "harvest" her first three deliveries each month for the city people to adopt--but now she knows what it is like to lose a loved one. Then things get worse... A great book for teens, but also a lovely reminder for women of how hard it is to hold everything together when the world around you is being torn apart by forces too powerful to thwart.

Jul 27, 2014

I liked this book series. I could totally see this a movie.

ChristchurchLib Mar 04, 2014

"In a future world decimated by climate change, apprentice midwife Gaia lives along the shore of what used to be Lake Michigan, helping her mother deliver babies and making sure to "advance" the required three newborns per month to the exclusive, walled-in Enclave. Gaia is forced to infiltrate the Enclave herself after her parents are arrested as traitors, and though she finds help (maybe even love?) from someone unexpected, she also uncovers devastating secrets that shatter her understanding of her society. This intriguing, provocative thriller is the 1st in a trilogy that continues with Prized and Promised." Teen Scene March 2014 newsletter

I thought this book was good. The characters I could relate to (not for everything, because obviously there are some parts in the book that I couldn't), although the beginning of the book wasn't as good for me as the middle or the end.

Jun 02, 2013

This book is amazing!! I am in love with the characters. Leon and Gaia mostly! can't wait to read the 3rd book!

Mar 17, 2013

If you liked Hunger Games Trilogy you will love this trilogy also! Great writing. Keeps you guessing! There are also 2 short "in-between" books that go with this series also that I highly recommend!

Prettywoman13 Mar 10, 2013

Amazing book! I loved reading it and anyone else who reads it will enjoy it too!

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Jun 16, 2015

“There are many ways to be a criminal or hero. Don't forget that.”
― Caragh M. O'Brien, Birthmarked

Oct 10, 2011

Life first!


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Oct 11, 2011

C O'Brien explores the bonds of kinship in a deteriorating dystopian society that brings to a head many provocative themes, and forces us to ponder some difficult questions and even more troublesome answers. In Birthmarked, three hundred years into the future, humanity's survival depends on diversity. But the citizens of Western Sector Three don't know that. For countless years they have been sacrificing their select newborns to the Enclave for basic necessities, never to see them again. One girl will unravel the mystery and thrust these two societies into chaos.

Birthmarked was such a compelling read because it's chock full of substance. O'Brien's world is one of obedience. Where the technology, the advancements of a bygone era, hydroelectricity, computers, and the means to grow food are all controlled by the Enclave. Their rules are harsh and unforgiving to those that disobey them. Those outside the walls live a simple life, largely uneducated and have to supply...babies to the Enclave, unknowing that genetic defects are so prevalent within the upper gates.


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Oct 11, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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