Summary (taken from Good Reads):
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.
I really enjoyed Birthmarked. It was recommended to me by a patron who has the same reading tastes as me so I knew that I would be in for a treat. The increase of dystopian fiction is quite significant and all that I have read to date has been worthy of reading. O’Brien did a fantastic job of creating this world between the have and have-nots. As always, the grass seems to be greener on the other side until Gaia gets to the other side and sees that her world may actually be better. Gaia’s strength combined with her low self-confidence due to her scar make her an interesting character. At times the story seems to lose its believability (with the escapes) but overall it provides lots of thought to how society is run and whether the morals dictated are indeed protective or harmful.
If you enjoyed this book and would like to read something similar, then these books would be quite satisfying. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Matched by Ally Condie, The Giver by Lois Lowry and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Overall Rating: 4 stars