Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
Publish date: 2011
"Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?"
FYI: This review might spoil things for Birthmarked. Beware.
I love this series! I don't think it gets the recognition that it deserves, so I try to pimp it out to my students and friends as much as possible. The series is quite different from other dystopians out right now, but still great!
Prized picks up immediately after Birthmarked ends and even though it's been 3 months since I've thought about Gaia, I was able to jump right back in. Prized doesn't have quite as much action as Birthmarked does, but that was because the majority of the story takes place in Sylum. Still, the plot moves right along and craziness goes down.
One thing I really like about this series that makes it different from other dystopians is that it doesn't have a lot of fighting, per se, like The Hunger Games or Divergent do. Gaia is a midwife, which makes her necessary to society's well-being, but there is much more to the story than that, especially in Sylum. Sylum was a character in itself and I loved Gaia being all kick ass there and not giving up who she really was.
If you haven't tried this series and are looking for a great and unusual dystopian, check out Birthmarked and Prized!