Lisa M Stasse
Hardcover: 384 pages
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Source: Finished Copy from the author
A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy for fans of The Hunger Games. 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.
I asked Lisa to be a part of our Authors Are Rockstars tour and I hadn’t even read The Forsaken but I knew that I desperately wanted to! Lisa was so awesome she said yes and sent me the book to read. I freaking loved every minute of it!!!!!!! This is dystopia done right! It’s gritty and harsh it reminded me of a movie from the 80’s called Gymkata a bit (yeah I know I’m old here’s a link to the IMDB page if you want to see what it is). Now don’t get me wrong the movie and the book are nothing alike but the scenery reminded me a bit of the movie and the crazy hooded tribe who paint’s their faces? Yeah there are crazies in the movie too. Oh and one more thing I totally didn’t get the cover until I finished the book and then it made total sense! Here’s an interview Lisa did about her cover!
What I loved about this story was Lisa didn’t care how attached you became to certain characters or how much you hated others; the island doesn’t care, it doesn’t play favorites and some lived and some died, some were ripped out of our grasp and we didn’t know if they survived or not. It was all very gut wrenching and awesome!
I loved Alenna! She is what a heroine should be! She’s not whiny but if she does complain she has a reason. She learns to fight because that’s what is right and she is loyal to her friends to a fault. I loved her strength and her compassion as well. I loved Liam he’s gorgeous, smart, strong, and just dreamy! He’s also pretty funny too. I also loved the mysterious David and can’t wait to find out more about him. He may be my guy, with his Clark Kent glasses and just overall hawtness.There’s other secondary characters I adored as well Ninja Assassin (don’t ask lol), Gadya, and Rika.
There were so many twists and turns in this story I think I cussed and sais WTH more than a few times. And trust me people you think are bad may not be and people you think you can trust? You may not be able to. And the ending OMG the ending can you rip my heart out and stomp on it any more Lisa? Agh I am dying for book 2 Uprising! I need it now!!!
I chose a passage between Liam and Alenna that made me laugh ;)
This is my first kiss, and I still can’t believe it’s actually happening. His touch is almost too much for me. I press my chest against his, as his hands hold me tight, moving against my body---
Then, coming to my senses, I shove him away from me.
“Ow!” he says. “What’s wrong?”
“You’re what’s wrong,” I snap at him. “This can’t happen. It doesn’t matter how I feel about you. I promised
Gadya I wouldn’t get involved.”
“Gadya,” he says. “First she dumped me and now she’s trying to stop me from liking another girl?”
“Exactly.” I cross my arms.
He sighs. “You girls always stick together.”
“She said the same thing about you and the other hunters.” I try to compose myself. “Don’t kiss me again.”
Liam looks disappointed, embarrassed, and bemused all at once. “Well, I guess it’s good you’re loyal to your friends,” he finally says, brushing back his hair. “So, I feel kind of stupid right now…” His words trail off. He smiles sheepishly. “Make that really stupid.”
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