Sunday, July 1, 2012
ARC Review: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
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.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads.)
The Forsaken was a great dystopian adventure. The author creates an interesting futuristic society. It reminded me of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and 1984 all rolled into one book. The author created a very elaborate setting, both on an off Island Alpha. I love how much detail the author put into Island Alpha. It was amazing to read about the colorful birds that Alenna sees when she first gets on the island. I also loved how much detail the author put into the drones base while describing all the trash and things there. It makes the reader feel as if they were really there, seeing all the mess for themselves. The plot was wonderfully written. There were no plot holes that I found. A lot of questions were left unanswered, but I'm sure there will be more answers in the second book. There were a lot of plot twists and turns. All of them were jaw dropping. The one plot twist in the gray sector, I had to stop reading for a while and let it sink in. I liked most of the characters. I even ended up liking Minister Harka. I'm not sure whether I trust or like David. There's just something about him that seems suspicious. My favorite character was Liam. I love how compassionate and kind he was. When it came time, he knew how to fight and protect the ones he loved. The Forsaken was a great read. I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out, so I can find out what happens next. I recommend The Forsaken to anyone who likes YA or dystopian.
I give The Forsaken: 5/5.
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I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.