Forsaken, in summary, is an awesome, well-written, dystopian, young adult book. What a wonderful and exciting first book! I hope to see more like this in the future. Hopefully it won't turn out like Shatter Me and Unravel Me. Those books were so disappointing. Instead, let's hope it will be more like Legend and Prodigy. Prodigy killed everything to the very end, in a good way.
The Wheel is an "island where all would-be criminals end up." Truth is, the Wheel is an island where all those who can't be controlled by drugs, issued by the UNA, end up at. The Wheel is dirty (absolutely), violent (totally), and chaotic (wholeheartedly). It's said by the UNA to be impossible to escape the Wheel. (In Forsaken, readers will discover if it is truly impossible to escape it.) The UNA also told its young citizens that the life expectancy of prisoners is two years. (Lie, again.) The Wheel contains many cameras to watch the prisoners. (Sort of truth)
The plot is so la la la! I love it. With many twist and turns, the plot brings the killing blade in the end of the book. (Cliffhanger Warning). Forsaken, however, needs more dialects. I would like it if Forsaken is more future-ish. Then Forsaken will be more alive and realistic. Moving on, let's talk about the ending. The ending, as I said before, is shocking! I'm so desperate for the second book, which isn't even out yet!
Alenna is not a bad narrator or character. I like how fast she adapted to the conditions of the Wheel. She immediately recognize the new threat of the Wheel. Alenna is bad like Scarlet from Scarlet (Cinder #2) by Marissa Meyer. Alenna is sometimes infuriating. For example: there is this one time where she just suddenly abandons everything. And then all the sudden, she picks it back up again. What the heck was that?
Liam could have been slightly improved by descriptions. I think he had the possibility to be "hotter." Like Jace from City of Bones/Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. I like Liam's bravery and intelligence. This is someone who can really think unlike some of the many other people/drones on the Wheel.
I defiantly recommend this book to anyone who liked the Hunger Games. It is very similar but a fresh take on it. I think that it was an amazing book and if you dont really feel engaged in the first bit continue reading until you get to the wheel. I promise you will enjoy it.
I love the descriptions, I was able to picture the wheel.
The characters were pretty relate-able. I really liked Gadya and her ability to speak her mind.
I also really liked the plotline. It was something I haven't read yet and a "new" dystopia.
When I first saw this book, I got the urge to read it because of both the cover and the summary. It sounded intriguing and I was in the mood for an exciting dystopian book.
I wasn't disappointed at all.
The Forsaken is a mixture of Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games on acid. Once you start reading, there's no stopping. It's blow after blow after blow. The idea, at first, might sound a little overused, but Stasse took me by surprise with every turn of events. Even after reading so many post-apocalyptic books with the same concept utilized in the same way, The Forsaken shaped an entirely new world where nothing ceased to surprised me. It took me on an adventure I will probably never forget. It was raw, intense, and chilling to the bone.
Alenna was someone you could like and not like at the same time. She was brave, I'll give her that, and maybe a little determined. The only faults I found in her was the fact that she was very hesitant and didn't have much of a personality. She didn't make me laugh, or cry, or frown, or anything. I found her to be a little bland at the beginning, which would make sense since she was mostly invisible back in the U.N.A. but she kept it up through most of the book. I loved her sudden ferociousness closer to the end though, she was finally turning into that kick-butt heroine everyone needed her to be.
Gadya was my favorite character. She was Alenna's contrast (until the end of course). She was also the key ingredient to many of the upsides in this book: such as it's tinge of humor, sudden anger, and female fierceness that had me biting my nails throughout the story. She had a personality that marveled and stunned, which made her famous and even well-liked (at her worst moments as well). This was something Alenna lacked. Gadya is memorable, she made her place in the story, Alenna didn't.
Liam's character was the only character I failed to care for. He was interesting up the point where he turned into this drooling dog over Alenna. It was weird how he grew feelings for her before he even knew her. Alenna felt it too, and it's a connection that failed to make it's mark in the book. Liam was like a ghost. Yes, he was important (sort of), but it didn't seem like it. He was too simple, too gushy and cliche. No matter how faulty his character seemed to be, he was actually very flawless.
The romance between Liam and Alenna was the downside of this book. Stasse didn't give it enough time to ripen. There were no swoon-worthy, hot moments. The whole 'I like like you after meeting you two days ago' made Liam seem like a tool. The relationship was super fast, unexciting, and a little disappointing.
The plot was incredibly compelling. I enjoyed every minute of it. There were no holes and it was easily understandable, but not so easy as to ruin the entertainment. There were some parts that were predictable and others that had my jaw drop to the floor. I seriously underestimated the element of surprise in this book and now I've learned my lesson (again). The adventure was gruesome, but definitely worth it. I had trouble not gasping out loud after every turn of events. Stasse has this way of absorbing me into this new world she spun with her words so I really felt like I was part of the journey.
Overall, I really loved The Forsaken. Yes, the romance was bad and most of the characters didn't leave that much of a mark on me, but the adventure and the concept of the book itself had me glued to the book. There's nothing like a thrilling venture through a world of the unknown & deadly to keep you on your toes. I recommend this to anyone who loves a wild, gruesome roller coaster ride.
I had this book ordered in from Fishpond in America, and it took two weeks to come. It came last Thursday (06/09/2012) and I finished it on Monday (10/09/2012).
This has got to be my favourite Dystopian book at the moment! I loved Alenna. Her character was one that I could somehow connect with, and being able to connect with characters brings me to like the book more than I would if I didn't.
Honestly, I enjoyed it all! I really wasn't expecting what the ending would be, but it was really good! I just hope that they ended up going back to get the others before it was too late for them..
Anyways, this was an amazing book and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes these sort of books (:
The Forsaken is a heart-stopping, action packed beginning to a series that I already have fallen in love with and am yearning for the next.
Alenna has always felt like an outsider, different in some unexplained way from society until she fails the personality test and is shipped to The Wheel, where even though they all should be mentally unstable or have a predisposition for violence, she finally feels like she fits in.
I know that I could really relate with Alenna, I never quite feel like I fit in, and one day I hope that I find that circle of people where I really do. It comes close with book blogging, and fortunately I have my husband, but I still feel on the edges sometimes. So it really is awesome to watch Alenna come to realize her strengths, and bond with the people around her. She has things to teach Gadya, Rika, David, Liam and the others, and they have things to teach her. Like how to fight, the value of being kind, that things aren't always what they seem and to never give up.
This is a gritty and suspenseful novel, and Lisa really nailed the dystopian category. The government is corrupt and it seems so powerful, but there are cracks. There are groups of rebels and they fight to survive. Lisa wrote her characters where I cared about them, and it was hard to read when something happened for them. I rooted for them and for the best to happen to them, and sometimes it did, and keeping it realistic, sometimes it didn't.
There was a spy in the camp, and I kept switching up my suspicions on who it was. Lisa really had a talent there, making people seem suspicious, and then clearing them in ways that I didn't see coming. David especially. One minute I was warm to him, and believing that he really had Alenna's best interest at heart, and then he would do something to make me think, well... Hmmm... But I didn't even really suspect who they said it was in the end... but I am wondering if it is really that person because of the phrasing.
Lisa Stasse paces the story beautifully. There is always action going on, keeping me on my toes, wondering what will go wrong next, and how they will get themselves out of each sticky situation. She throws me just enough of a bone with the romantic tension, of course leaving me wanting more, and for each question that she answers, I have more that I just know will be revealed in its sweet time.
I flew through this story, staying up til 2am to finish because I couldn't go to sleep without knowing what happened to the characters that I grew so attached to.