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Monday, November 26, 2012

{Review & Giveaway} The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

The Forsaken 
by Lisa M. Stasse
Series:  The Forsaken (#1)
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Pages:  375
Source:  Won
Available as of July 10, 2012
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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.

Even though The Forsaken didn't keep my attention and have me on the edge of my seat, it was still a good book. Lisa M. Stasse did a wonderful job creating individual, memorable characters and very detailed descriptions of their surroundings.

Alenna Shawcross had her parents taken away when she was ten. At sixteen, like every other teenager in the UNA, she sat for government testing. Next thing she knows is waking up in the last place she thought she would ever be. How will she survive and will she make it a week?

Alenna was very timid when she ended up on Island Alpha, or the wheel as those on it refer to it. She grew over time to be fierce after she learned some things about the gray zone. I liked her as a character, but it was her struggles and relationships with others on the island made me want to continue reading. 

When I first started The Forsaken I wasn't a huge fan. It reminded me way too much of The Hunger Games trilogy, especially Catching Fire. However, the further I read the more original the plot became. I never had the urge to want to pick it up whenever I put it down until I got to somewhere around page 200 when the story started to pick up a little. I didn't feel that there was really a climax to this story. It kind of just ended. 

Overall, The Forsaken had a few twists I didn't expect, but I had a couple ideas on how the ending would play out and I was right. Will I be picking up books two when it releases? Probably, but only because I want to have a few questions answered. I'm not going to say whether I'd recommend this book or not, but I'd borrow it before I would buy it. Please remember that my review is my opinion and you may enjoy this book much more than I did. 

Because I won't be reading The Forsaken again,
I'm going to give my hardcover copy to one of my US followers.
Note: The book looks brand new like it just came off the shelf at the bookstore.
No cracked spines or bent pages. 
Ends 12/11 @ Midnight EST


Joy said...

Thanks for the review. I also find that some books sound the same but once you get into the book it is different.
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Elisabeth said...

It seems that dystopias are often faulted for being like THE HUNGER GAMES same as lots of paranormal romances are faulted for being like TWILIGHT. Not saying they shouldn't be, but complete originality is almost impossible. :(

sherry fundin said...

I agree with the comments, but if the book entertains me, I'm happy. Just have to mix up genres so I'm not reading too many of one kind in a row.

KMichelleC87 said...

thanks for this awesome giveaway


Dana said...

Aww that is so disappointing I really wanted to read this one !

Shae Carcar said...

I read this book already so I won't be entering the giveaway, but I really loved this book! I'm surprised you didn't like it because I rated it 5 stars! But I'll agree to disagree lol
Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

giselle contreras said...

Thanks for this giveaway!! Can't wait to read it!!

Kirsten! said...

Hm, this sounds interesting. I don't really mind books being too Hunger Games-y, mainly because I haven't read that many survival/dystopia stories, and Catching Fire was my favorite of the trilogy, anyway. Thanks for the giveaway!

Alicia said...

I haven't read the Hunger Games yet (I know I must be the only person in the universe at this point!) so at least this one will seem unique to me :).

Thanks for having the giveaway!

Think said...

Awww dang. I was hoping this one was good. The cover looks bad ass. Oh well, can't win 'em all. LoL

Lisa Collins said...

I'm pretty excited to read this book. I love the idea (in a story, of course) of banning could-be criminals from common society. The world these people is sent to seems no better than a death sentence, so I can imagine there's a ton conflict (moral, societal, in general) within the book's world.
Also, I love the cover and that's usually a big factor in me picking up a book in the first place.


claireja said...

Thanks for the honest review! I have been wanting to read this one for awhile, and I absolutely love the cover.

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