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The Mark

In the future the world has flipped Ravaged by the Conflagration this is a harsh world where the relentless sun beats down people’s lives are run by a heartless elite and law is enforced by a brutal brigade A mark at the base of the spine con Before you roll your eyes at what you may consider to be yet another YA dystopia read you can be reassured that The Mark by Edyth Bulbring isn t cast in the same mould as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as so many recent releases have been Instead the work has a grittier scratchy behind the eyes feel that one would expect with George Orwell s 1984 Ettie also known as Juliet Seven isn t the special girl with the super abilities who is going to save the world and overthrow the evil ruling elite She s no one She s a drudge a young woman fated to work in a menial job until she s only fit for the Reject Dump Her Mark which she desperately tries to remove throughout means she s trapped in the roles cast for her by othersWe discover a world that is as Bulbring puts it Post Conflagration What exactly went wrong we don t find out but it s beside the point Humanity and nearly all the life on the planet apart from flies have been driven to the edge of extinction The Machine is all that keeps mankind going regulating a rigid caste system in which only a few are lucky enough to number among the Elite The sun is no longer a life giving source of light and any who do not play by the rules in this harsh world are deemed Savage and cut off from societyWhen not training for her future in service of the elite Ettie is also part of a criminal underground that scams the Posh and she makes no excuses for behaviour nor does she possess many redeeming ualities beyond her rigorous self interest Though she s clearly not a nice person and some of her nasty comments are true gems her devotion to her friend and companion Kitty whom she will go to the ends of the earth to protect shines through and also her love of literature that transports her to magical worlds so vastly different from the reality in which she is immersed The main theme throughout the story is that of escape and not being satisfied with preordained lots Ettie s attempts to break free from an oppressive system lead her through many unpredictable twists and turns as soon as I thought I knew which direction Bulbring was going to take readers she confounded my expectations The Mark is a fast paced gritty and uncomfortable read and Bulbring maintains a cracking pace blending elements of SF dystopia with nuances of magical realism Pick this one up if you re looking for something slightly different Pegged and Plugged at the Club relentless sun beats down people’s lives are Tunnel Through Time run by a heartless elite and law is enforced by a brutal brigade A mark at the base of the spine con Before you Game of Bimbofication, Part 3 roll your eyes at what you may consider to be yet another YA dystopia Game of Bimbofication, Part 2 read you can be Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions, Vol. 1 of 5 reassured that The Mark by Edyth Bulbring isn t cast in the same mould as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as so many The Fatima Century recent Leah Starrs Revenge releases have been Instead the work has a grittier scratchy behind the eyes feel that one would expect with George Orwell s 1984 Ettie also known as Juliet Seven isn t the special girl with the super abilities who is going to save the world and overthrow the evil Pieces 8 (Pieces, ruling elite She s no one She s a drudge a young woman fated to work in a menial job until she s only fit for the Reject Dump Her Mark which she desperately tries to Time Flies and Other Short Plays remove throughout means she s trapped in the Fall (VIP Book 3) (English Edition) roles cast for her by othersWe discover a world that is as Bulbring puts it Post Conflagration What exactly went wrong we don t find out but it s beside the point Humanity and nearly all the life on the planet apart from flies have been driven to the edge of extinction The Machine is all that keeps mankind going Drawing Dead (Faolan OConnor Book 1) regulating a Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra rigid caste system in which only a few are lucky enough to number among the Elite The sun is no longer a life giving source of light and any who do not play by the Chinas Son rules in this harsh world are deemed Savage and cut off from societyWhen not training for her future in service of the elite Ettie is also part of a criminal underground that scams the Posh and she makes no excuses for behaviour nor does she possess many Welcome to the Desert of the Real redeeming ualities beyond her Dead End Bluff rigorous self interest Though she s clearly not a nice person and some of her nasty comments are true gems her devotion to her friend and companion Kitty whom she will go to the ends of the earth to protect shines through and also her love of literature that transports her to magical worlds so vastly different from the King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers reality in which she is immersed The main theme throughout the story is that of escape and not being satisfied with preordained lots Ettie s attempts to break free from an oppressive system lead her through many unpredictable twists and turns as soon as I thought I knew which direction Bulbring was going to take Princess to Pleasure Slave Chronicles (Book Three): Lusty Prey of the Huntress (English Edition) readers she confounded my expectations The Mark is a fast paced gritty and uncomfortable Factory of Death read and Bulbring maintains a cracking pace blending elements of SF dystopia with nuances of magical Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, realism Pick this one up if you Rapid Math Without A Calculator re looking for something slightly different

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Dge will begin her fate mate mate will be chosen Like everyone else her future is marked by the numbers on her spine But Ettie decides to challenge her destiny And in so doing she fulfils the prophecy that was spoken of before she even existed story line is a bit difficult to understand from the beginning but as you continue reading the story make sense and you get a understanding of what is actually happening in the book It is a GR 10 novel so a was a must to read this book I enjoyed the book very must I recommend picking up this book just at least once

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Trols each person’s destiny The Machine decides what work you will do and who your life partner will be In this world everyone must make their contribution Some than others Juliet Seven – “Ettie” – will soon turn and her life as a dru I read this book as part of my school curriculum Needless to say I obviously read these books within a day of getting my hands on them this one however didn t go that way at all In fact I finished it about three months after I received it Obviously I wouldn t have finished it had this book been read by choiceThe Mark by Edyth Bulbring is somewhat of a childish confusing story Majority of the language used seemed very infantile for the 15 year old narrator The dystopian damaged world Bulbring portrays after a fire called the conflagration is somewhat of a typical setting for a YA book as well as the romance and plot It follows the exact recipe and formula of a YA sci fi book and as such I found the story somewhat boring It rang bells and reminders to common YA sci fi Divergent The Hunger Games and so on Bulbring s terminology used to refer to her world and its inmates seemed to be made up on the spot with weird terms such as Pulak and Market Nags Perhaps Bulbring felt the need to change and try and update the YA dystopian genre with a book like this I didn t enjoy it much finding the narrative childish confusing and very much unlike other books in this genre I had no thrill coursing in me as I read the story nor was there the pressing need to turn the pages as fast as I could read them In fact this book gave me a headache and I was happy when I put it down Some parts such as a few chapters were good and managed to capture my attention for a few short seconds but they were far and few between Otherwise this story was unenjoyableAll in all I d recommend this book to you if you enjoy reading typical YA dystopia A book I wouldn t read again unless reuired for school purposes

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About the Author: Edyth Bulbring

Edyth Bulbring is an award winning author of nine Young Adult novels The Summer of Toffie and Grummer which was shortlisted for the English Academy's Percy FitzPatrick prize for Youth Literature Oxford University Press February ; Cornelia Button and the Globe of Gamagion Jacana April ; The Club Jonathan Ball Publishers September ; Pops and The Nearly Dead Penguin March.



10 thoughts on “The Mark

  1. says:

    I read this because it is one of the new prescribed books for grade 10 at the school where I'm doing observation at the mom

  2. says:

    Having taught English for 10 years I can safely say this has been the worst novel I've ever taught My problems with the bookCharacters The characters are poorly developed Ettie is an unreliable narrator and her personality does lit

  3. says:

    Before you roll your eyes at what you may consider to be yet another YA dystopia read you can be reassured that The Mark by Edyth Bulbring isn’t cast in the same mould as The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins as so many recent releases have been Instead the work has a grittier scratchy behind the eyes feel that one would expect wi

  4. says:

    I read this book as part of my school curriculum Needless to say I obviously read these books within a day of getting my hands on them this one however didn't go that way at all In fact I finished it about three months after I received it Obviously I wouldn't have finished it had this book been read by choiceT

  5. says:

    Yet again I find myself asking why this was chosen as a school setwork book Yes the author is South African and I want to support South African writers But I find myself less inclined to want to support them when they are forced on me and I feel that the reason is not in the best interests of our kidsI found the characters rather stunted I k

  6. says:

    The Mark is a dystopian novel that takes place after the world has burned and the sun beats down mercilessly It is hell on earth in ways than one The elite few have all the privileges and use their power to dominate everyone else There are horrific human rights violations in every chapter One of them is to discard peopl

  7. says:

    story line is a bit difficult to understand from the beginning but as you continue reading the story make sense and you get a understanding of

  8. says:

    Oh please this book is awesomeI know there isn't descriptions about the characters in this one that's because the author wanted us to create them ourselvesthis book is so savage whoahoping for a part 2 👆

  9. says:

    this book was just simply amazing i enjoyed reading it there was never a dull point in the book i was on the edge of my sit with ev

  10. says:

    Awesome but ending is sht

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