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Prized

By: Caragh M. Oâ??Brien

Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her baby sister have been captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule over men and a kiss is a crime.

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ISBN: 9781596435704

JLG Release: Feb 2012


Sensitive Areas: Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Social Issue: Abortion, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse
Topics: Genetics , Matriarchy , Oppression , Dystopia , Attraction

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Awards & Honors

YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

O’Brien’s follow-up to Birthmarked (Roaring Brook, 2010) begins with Gaia Stone at a lonely oasis in the wasteland, far from the Enclave she escaped. She and her infant sister, Maya, are rescued by Peter, a young man from a settlement called Sylum, which, in its own way, is as strange and harsh a place as the Enclave. Women ar

O’Brien’s follow-up to Birthmarked (Roaring Brook, 2010) begins with Gaia Stone at a lonely oasis in the wasteland, far from the Enclave she escaped. She and her infant sister, Maya, are rescued by Peter, a young man from a settlement called Sylum, which, in its own way, is as strange and harsh a place as the Enclave. Women are only one tenth of the population but they rule over the men, many of whom are sterile. Any physical contact between an unmarried man and a woman is considered attempted rape, and the man can be confined to the stocks, imprisoned, or exiled. The last means death, because everyone who leaves Sylum for more than a few days becomes fatally ill. Gaia is immediately considered to be guilty of placing her sister in harm’s way and Maya is taken from her. As a woman and the community’s only midwife, though, she is also highly valued. To complicate matters further, Leon has followed her from the Enclave. Gaia must sort through her feelings for him as well as those for Peter and his sensitive brother, Will. Cryptic messages left by her grandmother give both a warning and a glimmer of hope. In all, O’Brien has done a marvelous job of building a society with intricate human and environmental elements. Gaia is a very human heroine, often uncertain of her course but always determined to do right as best she can. Although this is undeniably a dystopia, it is filled with romance and beauty, but familiarity with the first book is crucial to understanding this one.—Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Junior Library Guild

  • Prized will engage readers with the same combination of science, code-cracking, and romance that made Birthmarked, the first book in this planned trilogy, a success.
  • Gaia’s scar marked her as imperfect in the Enclave. In Sylum, where men outnumber women ten to one, she’s suddenly an object of desire. D
    • Prized will engage readers with the same combination of science, code-cracking, and romance that made Birthmarked, the first book in this planned trilogy, a success.
    • Gaia’s scar marked her as imperfect in the Enclave. In Sylum, where men outnumber women ten to one, she’s suddenly an object of desire. Drawing from her background as a romance writer, Caragh O’Brien makes Gaia’s flirtations crackle with tension, even as she depicts Gaia’s moral confusion regarding the possibility of courting more than one suitor.
    • Sylum’s world presents a number of intriguing mysteries. Why are the majority of men infertile? Why are female babies so rare? Why is it impossible to leave Sylum alive? And what causes the fatal seizures and hallucinations that inflict those who try?
    • In the Matrarc, Sylum’s leader, Gaia finds a strong opponent who forces her to wrestle with questions of loyalty, equality, and power.

Book Details

ISBN

9781596435704

First Release

February 2012

Genre

Dewey Classification

Fiction

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.6; Points: 14;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.2; Points: 23;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Roaring Brook

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Social Issue: Abortion, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse

Topics

Genetics, Matriarchy, Oppression, Dystopia, Attraction,

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