Brought to You by OBS reviewer Valerie

Charlie and the Chocolate factory is so over. Meet the new Charlie, the protagonist in the Pledge. She’s about to raise your levels that much higher. In the country of Ludania, languages determine your social standing. Charlie’s breaking all the rules.


About The Pledge:

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime. (Goodreads)

  • Safe and Sound by Capital Cities

In the Pledge, there’s a lot of pledges to protect and keep people safe and sound. It’s all about pledging to keep someone safe.


  • Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World

This song truly fits with the novel. Charlie never gets to say thank you to certain people.


  • Chemicals React by Aly and AJ

Charlie and her love interest have quite a few chemical reactions…


  • Make Me Wanna Die by the Pretty Reckless

See above. Except Make Me Wanna Die version.


  • Someone Wake Me Up by the Veronicas

Sometimes Charlie just wants to wake up from her living nightmare.


  • I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie

There’s a lot of dedication throughout this book. I Will Follow You Into the Dark has the style that suits the Pledge.


  • Mine by Taylor Swift

Move out Taylor. Charlie and Max are the best people to star in this video.