Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse [Review]

The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1) 3.5 out of 5 Robots!
 

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
Series: The Forsaken #1
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Release: July 10, 2012
Hardcover: 375 Pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon


Book 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.
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(Courtesy of the Publisher)
 
Shannon's Thoughts:
The Forsaken wasn't the best book I've read, but it wasn't the worst.  It kind of landed somewhere in the middle.  When it was good, it was very entertaining and interesting.  I was invested in the story and things were moving along at a good pace.  But there were definitely parts that didn't work for me.  I felt the biggest problem was that The Forsaken couldn't decided what it wanted to be.  There were so many elements throw in: the dystopian background, the warring fractions on The Wheel, the romance between Alenna and Liam, the mystery of Alenna's missing parents, the unknown evil machinations behind The Wheel, the plan to leave the island.  And the plot started to crack under the weight of all of it.  The characters tended to be one note and only operate on one speed.  I can honestly say I felt nothing when people started to die.  The romance between Alenna and Liam felt forced.  But things really started to get out of control towards the end and I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the Big Reveals.  The biggest eyeroll came when I found out who The Monk really was.  Some "major bombs" were dropped into our lap, but without any lead up or evidence prior.  Instead all the evidence was presented after the fact, as kind of a weird aside "oh yeah, now that you mention it..."  And it made the plot twists seem disingenuous.   I probably wouldn't continue this series, but I do have an ARC of the second book The Uprising, so I will read that and see how this story continues.  

1 comment :

  1. I was pretty meh about this one, too. It felt like a story I'd read before….But I'm mildly curious about the next one. Can't wait to see your review and see if the next one is worth reading. Great review.

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