Monday, May 14, 2012

The Forsaken

Title: The Forsaken

Author: Lisa M. Stasse

Rating: 4 stars

Summary: 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.

Review: Futuristic governments seem to have this obsession with creating a perfect society. But in sending all would-be criminals away, they allow them to come together as a united rebellion. The island is one crazy place. There's two groups: the drones, who are brainwashed followers of the Monk, and the villagers.  One part of The Wheel is the mysterious gray zone, an area cordoned off by an impenetrable jelly-like wall. Random attacks by "feelers", robotic tentacles that swoop down from the sky and capture islanders, are common. The beginning of the book is filled with action, and as you near the end surprising revelations are constantly Being made. I am excited to read the next installment. 

The Forsaken will be published in August of 2012.

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