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.
First, let me say that THE FORSAKEN has one of my favorite covers from this year. I loved the white background with colorful writing. I also thought the cover image was unique and interesting. I have always been a sucker for great covers so when I got the opportunity to read and review this one I jumped on it.
I have mixed feelings about THE FORSAKEN. I thought the concept was really interesting. Plus, as I said, I loved the cover. However, while I liked THE FORSAKEN, I didn’t love it.
For me, THE FORSAKEN, gets off to a good start. We get background info on the U.N.A. and on Alenna. I really liked the world so I was interested in learning more about it. However, once Alenna gets on the Wheel the story slows down, which doesn’t really make sense, does it? I should be more interested, more on edge, right? Well, to an extent it was more action packed. Alenna and David are almost immediately in danger upon arriving at the Wheel. However, once Alenna is rescued and brought to the blue sector, I started getting a little annoyed. I felt that the people of the blue sector treated Alenna badly considering that they were the good guys. I didn’t understand the logic they used.
Another element I had a HUGE issue with was the love story aspect. I almost feel like no love story would have been better than the love at first sight bit with Alenna and Liam. Their love story didn’t add up. There was no reason why they liked each other, it just was. Like the grass is green, the sky is blue, Alenna and Liam love each other. No reasoning, just a simple fact. I hate with this type of thing happens. If they do love each, please let me know why!
There were some things that I did enjoy about THE FORSAKEN. I liked that Alenna does decide to learn how to fight. While I think Alenna still has plenty of room to grown as a character, I am glad that we did get to see her get stronger in this book. Once they start their mission to get off the Wheel things start picking up. I really liked the inclusion of the mystery about Alenna’s parents. I thought it was a great storyline.I also liked the mystery of who the Monk was. I definitely didn’t see that one coming!
I think the series has potential as the story progresses and I will be reading it to find out what happens. I hope to see Alenna transform into a truly strong heroine and for Alenna and Liam to form a more logical connection. I thought things left off at an interesting place and am curious to see what Stasse comes up with for book two!
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