Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: The Forsaken (The Forsaken 1) by Lisa M. Stasse


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.


Publication date: July 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers 

The Elliott Review:

This book is fast-paced and exciting, with with many different dystopian elements that fans of the genre will be really excited about!

After being forsaken to live on the dangerous exile island, The Wheel, Alenna falls head over heels in love with Liam, who is definitely a find even though things are complicated between them due to her friendship with his ex, Gadya. Alenna has to learn how to fight so that she can stay alive, and she changes from who she once was.

Amidst the conflict with the followers of The Monk, the other kids on the island are trying to find a way off. The suspense of what is actually going on on the island kept me reading with interest. The mystery behind everything is intriguing, and I was kind of shocked/horrified when I finally found out some key secrets. The end of the book was definitely surprising, and I'm curious to see how things play out when things continue.

Source: Thanks to Lisa for providing a copy of this title in exchange for a fair review.


  1. I posted my review today too, great minds...haha!!!

    I liked this one, but just did not connect with Aleena. I think she should have had more emotional turmoil when she landed on the wheel. She seemed to take it all in good stride.

  2. I liked this one as well, and I was really surprised by the whole "unmasking" scene, if you know what I mean. I didn't see that coming, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed the story! I love it when a book can surprise me. :)

  3. Thanks for the review and for sharing; I'll definitely look into it :) I just found your blog and will be following it from now on! A few days ago I posted some summer reading lists on my new blog if you want to take a look: http://heartisinthewriteplace.blogspot.com/
    Thanks again!

  4. It really was suspenseful and the reveal shocked me too.
    Thanks for review.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. I'm really excited to read this one. Thanks so much for the review!