Series: The Forsaken #1
Published by Simon & Schuster
Pub Date: July 10th 2012
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.
The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.
Lisa M. Stasse has delivered a fresh and exciting dystopian with The Forsaken. I got savor this one slowly, over the course of a week, and each time I had to force myself to put it down.
The world in this novel is so very unique and intricate. It’s a cross between Lost and Lord of the Flies. This island of supposed criminals and outcasts wasn’t filled with outrageous, government created species, but it had many threats, and it was divided among its inhabitants.
Alenna is a main character who wasn’t the strongest, or smartest, or the bravest of the pack, but she definitely was the most considerate and loyal. She had great character, which made her someone to look up to. I’d for sure want her in my corner any day. I really enjoyed her ever blossoming and inevitable romance with Liam. He was kind and caring, strong and brave, and also off limits to her. Alenna’s fellow villagers were very well fleshed out secondary characters. I felt like I’d gotten to know them fairly well by the end of this book and even mourned for some of them.
There were some twists toward the end that I didn’t see coming, that’s for sure. Once you get to about halfway through this book, it becomes a real page-turner! I really didn’t know what to expect next each time I turned the page, and that felt incredible. When was the last time a book did that for me?! It was a completely unexpected, satisfying read. I am very much looking forward to the rest of this series, and will most certainly be shelving it among my favorite dystopians.
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