Short and Sweet: I am a dystopian junky. No matter how hard I try to get away from these type of books... they just keep pulling me back in. When Birthmarked first released, I was dying to get my hands on it. Months later, I have finally had the chance to get my hands on it. First impression? Birthmarked was certainly worth the wait. A brave character. An enticing world. A romance that was a sweet as it was frustrating. Yep, I am sure glad I had a chance to dive into these pages.Final Verdict: A very satisfying dystopian. Well-written with plenty of action and romance. And an ending that made me want more. O'Brien certainly impressed me. If you have not given Birthmarked a try, you are missing out on something special. I cannot wait for the sequel!