The Uprising (The Forsaken #2)
Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA—the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative.
In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals, a new Monk leading a more organized army of Drones, and the discovery of a previously unknown contingent, Alenna, Liam, and their allies might be in over their heads. One thing Alenna knows for sure: There will be a reckoning. And not everyone she loves will make it out alive.
Aleena is so tough and her and Liam have become legends since escaping from the wheel and coming back to the rebel camp. But things aren't easy there, they have been questioned about who they knew, and aspects about life there.
The romance in this one was good though it wasn't everything I hoped it would be. It was like they made their connection already and it was just assumed they were close. I was just wanting a little more heat. There was some now that I think about it, at goodbyes and moments of great suspense. Some good kisses and some very sweet declarations of how they feel. I guess it comes down to I wish they were together every second and that they didn't have to go through as many hardships. But then, that is what makes the plot so exciting and on my toes.
There were lots of surprises in this one. From continued answers to betrayals and places they end up to returning characters. There were also some new characters that I came to like and respect that I didn't expect.
The ending wrapped up the themes of this book well, but I was still longing to know what would happen next and what would become of Aleena and Liam and their friends and family.
Bottom Line: Must read for Forsaken fans.
I can't remember how I felt about Alenna and Liam the first time around, but the relationship really wasn't doing it for me in The Uprising. The spark just didn't seem to be there. Sure, there were "I love you"s and kisses, but it all just came across pretty flat. I think this series needs stronger friendships and less romances.
Most of the characters who I find most intriguing barely got any page time. Instead, it was basically all Liam and Alenna plus Cass, the reformed drone. And sadly, none of them really did it for me. Honestly, I'm really more of a plot/setting person than characters, but it's still difficult to enjoy something when the characters don't do enough to make me care about them. I mean, the fate of one of the main characters is a little murky (although assumed dead) and I was just kind of like "oh, that sucks X was one of my favorite." I didn't feel any strong emotion whatsoever.
And what about the big mystery behind the new monk? I'll be the first to say I'm not the most observant and don't tend to figure out the "big reveal" before it's introduced, but I guessed this one fairly easily. I mean, were they even trying to hide it? Also, I feel like I don't hate the UNA as much as I should. Don't get me wrong, I know they're the bad guy and I don't feel any sympathy, but I also don't feel the passionate hate all the characters do.
I know all of the above is negative, but that's only because I found the book fairly unremarkable. It wasn't terribly boring, but I didn't really enjoy it either, so I don't have much to say other than to point out the annoyances I had with the story.
The Nutshell: I remember liking The Forsaken, but The Uprising just didn't click with me. I wanted to like it, but I ended up feeling pretty indifferent to it all. The romance didn't work, the characters weren't particularly strong, and the UNA is starting to feel like something that's only used as a kind of support, no longer much of a main story. I find abandoned science complexes much more fascinating than predictable conspiracies.