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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?

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sophia | 2/13/2014

    " Better than the first book I think but still very frustrating to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Franzie | 2/7/2014

    " A worthy sequel. Even better than the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kati | 2/5/2014

    " Prized picks up a few days after Birthmarked ended. Gaia and her sister, Maya (ugh) are wandering through the wasteland, looking for the Dead Forest, and are a few seconds away from dying when a ranger on a horse finds them and takes them to Sylum. Sylum is ruled by the "Matrarc" and a group of women with her. Ignoring the stupid names of the city and its ruler, this is a fun book. Gaia finds herself in a rigid matriarchy. There are 9 men for every 1 woman in Sylum, so there are strict rules about men touching women and no kissing allowed until after an engagement is announced. Punishment goes straight to the man, and is called "attempted rape." Oh, and there's a big old infertility problem too. Each man's sperm is tested around 14 to see if he's fertile. If not, he's in the pool of men who aren't allowed to marry. Gaia has to live in this world, though Maya is taken away from her (attempted murder, because Maya couldn't have lived in the wasteland). People who stay in Sylum for more than 2ish days have acclimation sickness for a while, and then die if they leave. Naturally all this rubs Gaia the wrong way. Somehow, not one or two but THREE men are head-over-heels for her. She likes all of them and they all make her tingly. No way that ends well. Gaia also discovers that when her grandmother left, she went to Sylum and was the matrarc until her death, 10 years ago. Gaia gets her grandmother's coded notes and sets about translating them (apparently nobody in her family can write NOT in code) to see what in the heck is going on in Sylum - why there's such a huge population discrepancy, why half the men are infertile, and why people who leave die. She also continues to be exceptionally stubborn and strong-willed. Gaia will do whatever she can or must to make a point and live up to her moral code, even if that means endangering her friends or family. The guilt kicks her ass, but it's neat that she does that. I liked Prized more than Birthmarked. There were less frantic escape plots, less convenient help being offered from random sources. Gaia did more thinking, more considering, and picked herself up to fix things on her own. That's a win. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maree | 1/29/2014

    " Liked this one a little better than the first one, although the series as a whole was somewhat depressing. "

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About the Author

Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the Birthmarked series, which includes the dystopian novels Birthmarked, Prized, and Promised, as well as the tie-in stories “Tortured” and “Ruled.” A former high school English teacher, she is also the author of several romance novels, including North Star Rising and Master Touch.