Review: The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1) by Lisa M. Stasse
Series: The Forsaken #1
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 10, 2012
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About the Book:
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.
The Forsaken is one of those books that leaves you anxious for the next in the series. It’s been on my TBR pile forever and I don’t know why I never picked it up. The novel and I didn’t form an insta-love connection, however the more I read, the more I WANTED to read. The more I flippantly flipped pages, the more I became engrossed in the story. The characters may be a little flat but that’s okay. It’s not the characters I fell in deep like with…it was every obstacle our characters faced, the mystery, the discoveries I found right along with the MC Alenna that kept me up until 3 am wanting to know what happened next. I can honestly say, The Forsaken blew me away and I can’t wait to read the next novel in the series!
Alenna is an orphan and feels out-of-place in the UNA – what is now a compilation of the United States, Canada and Mexico. She desperately wants to fit in and just past her test so she can live as normal of a life as possible. But things seem to quickly spiral out of control when she fails the GPPT, a test that predicts a propensity for criminal activity years in advanced. Unbeknownst to her, she’s sent to “The Wheel” and wakes up in the middle of nowhere now one of the unfortunate “Unanchored Souls”. From the moment she wakes up, until all the mysteries are revealed at the end, The Forsaken becomes a high-octane race against time to live, love and discover the hidden truths of the UNA and what really happens to people sent to “The Wheel”.
Now, I do feel the character development was a tad bit rushed. Alenna is on “The Wheel” for only a few weeks yet she’s suppose to have made these deep connecting friendships and fallen in love. However, I guess if your life is constantly threatened and the knowledge of death is looming over your head, then there is a sense of urgency and everything does speed up. I did enjoy the side characters and learning each of their backstories. Some characters actually surprised me by the choice they made and I felt my heart crumbling each time someone got take by “the feelers”. Yes, there is a lot of “death” in this book. And I use that term loosely because death means so many different things on “The Wheel”. I shed a few tears, I laughed, got pissed off quite a bit and I still continued to cheer Aleena on page after page. I threw myself into this story and haven’t regretted one second of it!
Overall, I highly recommend The Forsaken to anyone looking for a Dystopian with non-stop action. It’s suitable for teens and adults alike and I guarantee if you overlook the insta-love and insta-friendships you’ll see that The Forsaken is a highly enjoyable read!
4 Out of 5 Controllers