"No anticlimactic ending here, as the final book in the Pledge trilogy has its fair share of exhilarating and heart-stopping moments." 4 stars (out of 4.5)
—RT Magazine (read the full review)
"Derting offers a cast of strong, independent women, which will entice young readers hungry for powerful female role models."
—School Library Journal
"Readers who enjoyed the first book... will love following Charlaina's growth from a vendor girl to a queen...[This book] will intrigue readers with a taste for dramatic dystopian romance."
2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection
"Derting's chilling dystopia envisions an America ruled by monarchy, most of its cities razed, and its citizens straitjacketed in a caste system divided by language... Derting (Desires of the Dead) is right on when depicting the bonds of family, friendship, and first love."
—Publishers Weekly (read the full review)
"...gripping dystopian fantasy... More great suspense from a prolific new writer with a vibrant imagination."
—Kirkus (read the full review)
"...fast-paced and engrossing."
"...an imaginative, well-written page-turner full of twists and guaranteed to please fans of dystopian literature. It will leave them clamoring for the sequel... and hoping for a movie version."
—Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
"Kimberly Derting's remarkably original and deliciously romantic dystopian, The Pledge, unfolds at a breakneck pace. I held my breath until the very last page and am already desperate for more!"
—Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH
"...a dark and magical book with a unique concept ... an interesting departure from Derting's other works, but it is a promising one."
—Figment Blog (read the full review)