Google+ Reading Teen: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

  • 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
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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.


  1. I'm starting to feel this way about a lot of dystopians too. It's making me sad because I LOVE dystopians! I will definitely be giving this one a read though because the cover is to die for. :)

  2. Well, I have this one to read, but I haven't read many dystopians so maybe I'll have a fresher view of it. I haven't even read the whole Hunger Games series yet. But I did love that first book and the movie. But I understand because there was that year (Last?) when everything was dystopian. So I totally understand being burned out. I'm burned out on angels. We all get burned out on something. JUST SAY NO to the next dystopian!


  3. I love dystopians, but I think there are just so many out there, that it's hard to not compare to other books. I like to try and switch up the genres I am reading, but with so many books to read it does get hard to keep things really fresh and original. I'm glad that it's an enjoyable book though. Great review!

  4. I've only read a few dystopians but I do recall thinking I would've enjoyed Divergent more if I'd read it before Hunger Games. HG was so brilliant that it ruined me for other dystopians!

  5. Sometimes we definitely need a break from certain genres. I walked away from Para-Romance for a long time, and now I can't get enough. Sounds like it might be time you got your hands on something fresh! Have you read LEVERAGE? It's a YA Contemporary I just read...and LOVED! :)

  6. This is how I felt about Partials. It was a good book but it just seemed like all the other dystopias. I want something unique!
    I'm still intrigued by The Forsaken though - probably because of its eye catching cover - so I think I'll give it a shot

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