Author: Lisa M. Stasse
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
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Summary: 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.
Review: The Forsaken is one of those books that I picked up on a whim. I had no idea what to expect but I'm pleased to say that I enjoyed this book very much.
Dystopians are a common books these days in YA so I'm always a little hesitant to try a new one. It gets so tiring to read different books with the same premise over and over again. The Forsaken is a rare gem though. It manages to be original without it seeming like the author was trying too hard.
The Forsaken took place in such a vivid world. I loved every odd, quirky thing about it. And trust me there were some crazy things going on in this book that I happened to love.
But my absolute favorite thing about this book was The Wheel, the place were kids who could turn into criminals go. The concept of this is so brilliant but what really got me was the actual execution of it. It was just done so well. Stasse did a phenomenal job with it.
Alenna isn't my favorite character of all time but I did enjoy watching her grow and change throughout the course of The Forsaken. I did like all of Alenna's friends on The Wheel. They could fight like no other, and I grew to like almost everyone.
The Forsaken is a read that I was able to devour in a single afternoon. The main character wasn't all that I had hoped for but the writing and creativity of this book made up for that 10 times over.
Rating: 4.5 stars