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The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse Book Review

The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)
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.

The Forsaken turned out to be a really unique dystopian.The society was both more realistic and terrible than many other dystopians I've read.

The Forsaken was about a girl, Alenna, who lives in the UNA (a union made up of Canada the U.S, and Mexico). The government is an extremely controlling one that tests all the kids in their junior year of high school. The test, or GPPT, tests for any sense of trouble or rebellioness in your brain. Alenna’s certain that she’s going to pass the test- until she doesn’t. She winds up on the island where all the kids that don’t pass go and ends up in the middle of a war between two of the different tribes on the island. When she makes friends with some warriors (including one she feels a strong connection with-Liam) escape is made possible. How much is she willing to do to get off the island?

In this book, you only get to see a lot of the government in the first and the last few chapters. However, throughout the story, Alenna finds out a lot about them and their secret motives. Also, during the book, there is a war between two tribes of the island.The struggles each side went through were pretty realistic, considering the circumstances they were in. 

For the characters, some I loved and some I didn’t. I really liked some of the friends Alenna made during the book. A lot of them made so many sacrifices to save their friends. Alessa was a good main character, but didn’t particularly stand out to me. It was pretty hard for me to connect to her emotionally. Liam was a really nice guy, too. However, I didn’t really understand his and Alenna’s relationship. They had barely talked to each other and only saw each other a few times, when Liam really liked Alenna. It was kind of unrealistic to me. It was pretty much insta-love. However, their relationship was pretty cute, although not my favorite. 

The Forsaken was a good story, but, unfortunately, not a particularly memorable one. Overall, I’d give The Forsaken 3 1/2 out of 5 flowers and I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes :)


  1. WOW, a lot of people are having trouble with this one. D: Didn't this remind you of Article 5?? For some reason that's what it sounds like. Great Review! I 'm still debating if I should read this.

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    1. I haven't read Article 5 yet, but it sounds amazing! I loved your review of it :) The Forsaken is a good book.

  2. Oh my gosh, I'm SO psyched for this! Love the sound of this dystopian premise. Too bad for the insta-love but at least it was cute :/ Great review!

  3. I'm still kind of interested in this because the idea sounds good, but I've seen a lot of reviews that give it less than 4 stars. I think I'll let this one stay on my tbr for now...

    Great review. :]

  4. Great review! The concept of this sounds so unique and amazing! I'm sorry you didn't really relate to some of the characters I hate when that happens! But I'm glad you liked it in the end :)


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