Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse Review

"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."

Forsaken, in summary, is an awesome, well-written, dystopian, young adult book. What a wonderful and exciting first book! I hope to see more like this in the future. Hopefully it won't turn out like Shatter Me and Unravel Me. Those books were so disappointing. Instead, let's hope it will be more like Legend and Prodigy. Prodigy killed everything to the very end, in a good way.

The Wheel is an "island where all would-be criminals end up." Truth is, the Wheel is an island where all those who can't be controlled by drugs, issued by the UNA, end up at. The Wheel is dirty (absolutely), violent (totally), and chaotic (wholeheartedly). It's said by the UNA to be impossible to escape the Wheel. (In Forsaken, readers will discover if it is truly impossible to escape it.) The UNA also told its young citizens that the life expectancy of prisoners is two years. (Lie, again.) The Wheel contains many cameras to watch the prisoners. (Sort of truth)

The plot is so la la la! I love it. With many twist and turns, the plot brings the killing blade in the end of the book. (Cliffhanger Warning). Forsaken, however, needs more dialects. I would like it if Forsaken is more future-ish. Then Forsaken will be more alive and realistic.  Moving on, let's talk about the ending. The ending, as I said before, is shocking! I'm so desperate for the second book, which isn't even out yet! 

Alenna is not a bad narrator or character. I like how fast she adapted to the conditions of the Wheel. She immediately recognize the new threat of the Wheel. Alenna is bad like Scarlet from Scarlet (Cinder #2) by Marissa Meyer. Alenna is sometimes infuriating. For example: there is this one time where she just suddenly abandons everything. And then all the sudden, she picks it back up again. What the heck was that? 

Liam could have been slightly improved by descriptions. I think he had the possibility to be "hotter." Like Jace from City of Bones/Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. I like Liam's bravery and intelligence. This is someone who can really think unlike some of the many other people/drones on the Wheel.

Rating: Four out of Five

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