The Forsaken #1
author : lisa m. stasse
pages : [hardcover] 375
favorite characters : rika & alenna
A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.
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.
With dystopian novels now all over my radar, I was so happy to see what The Forsaken had to offer. It’s definitely a novel unlike any I’ve ever read before, combining conspiracies and corrupt governments, mysteries and romance.
I loved Alenna. She’s grown up believing in this government and never would have thought anything different if she hadn’t been sent to the island. I was right there with her, wondering what was happening and how she could have been sent to a place that was supposed to only house criminals. I could never tell who could be trusted and who might turn traitor later on in the book. I loved how unpredictable this was! Ever time I thought that I had something figured out, the island would spring a new set of problems on Alenna and the others.
The enemies she has the face are definitely unique (and terrifying). There’s the cult of children led by a mysterious figure who attack whoever strays into their territory. And the feelers, strange machines that snatch children from the ground, never to return again. That means that no one is safe, no matter where you might try to hide yourself.
The way that The Forsaken is written gives the reader just enough information to understand what is going on but leaves more questions to be answered. Yet it isn’t so much that it will frustrate anyone. I really loved how the ending was done because I can see how smooth a transition it will be from this book to the next. Actually, the way it was set up, I’m thinking the sequel could be even more captivating!
I really recommend The Forsaken. This is a book for everything who loves great, unexpected plot twists; a more natural development of romance (!!); great characters, great bad guys, and the action and adventure to back it all up. Go out and read it so that you can discover it all for yourself!
Check out the book trailer! Isn’t it gorgeous?