- Reading level: Ages 12 and up
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (July 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442432659
- ISBN-13: 978-1442432659
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.
My thoughts:There honestly isn't much I can say about this book.
I was really good, I can't say that it was bad in any way.
I just felt like it was just like every single dystopian book out there.
It was like The Hunger Games meets Delirium meets Legend meets Divergent meets....
I could keep going.
I think maybe I'm just a little burnt out on the dystopian genre.
Everything is starting to sound the same and it's getting old.
Which makes me so sad!
I think my problem was that the entire time I was comparing it to previous dystopian books that I've read.The only part that I can really complain about is I didn't really fall in love with any of the characters! The characters were great, but not memorable or very exciting.
Overall though, The Forsaken was well written, fun to read and definitely had you caught up in the story.