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The Forsaken: The Forsaken Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Lisa M. Stasse
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Book Description

Choose a tribe. Watch your back. And don’t stop running.

Filled with thrilling adventure and romance, The Forsaken is praised by EntertainmentWeekly.com as “a fast-paced novel [that] you’ll get sucked into. You just can’t seem to put [it] down.”

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the US, 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 standing 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 a charismatic warrior named Liam concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.


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From School Library Journal

Gr 7-10-Alenna Shawcross just turned 16, which means it's time to submit to the Government Personality Profile Test to see if she has (or might some day have) tendencies toward crime or antisocial behavior. Luckily, she isn't worried about passing. Though she's never felt she fits in, she was raised in a government orphanage, and while she is curious about the Prison Island Alpha images she has seen on the government-sanctioned vid screens, she has never exhibited any deviant behavior. Imagine her shock to wake up, bruised and confused, in the undergrowth on Prison Island Alpha. Alenna is drawn into a band of young rebels who don't seem at all like the criminals she expected. Within two days, she's joined the leadership of the Orange Sector, battling the Blue Sector "drones" who worship the Monk, eventually making their way to the Gray sector, which appears to lead to escape. Unfortunately, the backstory and time line don't hang together. Although Alenna can remember watching TV with her cozy family in New Florida, her parents were taken away in the middle of the night when she was 10, and by the time she is 16, Minister Harka has put UNA (encompassing Canada, the U.S., and Mexico) under strict military rule; outlawed cell phones, the Internet, and personal computers; put the population on "thought pills"; and convinced families to let their teens submit to the GPPT. The author has creative moments, but this story of independent teens retreating to the forest with homemade weapons to find young love and resist overbearing government has been told many times in recent years and The Forsaken doesn't have anything to distinguish it from the masses.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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As a child, Alenna became an orphan and a ward of the state after the government branded her parents traitors and made them “disappear.” Years later Alenna fails the test that all 16-year-olds are forced to take that predicts if the teen will become a violent criminal in the future. Teens who fail the exam are sent to the Wheel, a brutal island where the life expectancy of prisoners is less than two years. As Alenna tries to figure out why she was sent to the Wheel, who to trust on the island, and what the Wheel has to do with her parents, she quickly discovers that her biggest obstacle is simply surviving. While there are a few interesting plot twists and a greater focus on friendship than on romance, this derivative debut novel would be best suited for readers new to the dystopian genre. Grades 9-12. --Candice Mack

Product Details

  • File Size: 1974 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1442432659
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061QAZ9I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fell in love with this action packed dystopia July 15, 2012
Format:Hardcover
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I almost didn't finish this one. I'll admit that one of the main motivating factors in my completion was that I asked for the book...from the author herself...who is also a Librarian by day! I had to give this book a chance.

In the end it wasn't my favorite read. But, 100 pages in I realized this way the type of book that I end up completely disagreeing with other bloggers on. Don't believe me? Check out The Forsaken's 3.69 rating on Goodreads. Even one of my favorite bloggers, Jess @Gone with the Words, was a fan. I have trouble with books like this. I'd place The Forsaken in a category with I Am Number Four and Tempest. Two books a lot of readers loved! Well, I too loved Charlie the adorable puppy side-kick in I Am #4 but still...it's star rating remains low.

I'm just going to come out and say it. I didn't think the book was well written. It contained a lot of action and quick-moving plot points. But context was built through (sometimes) awkward dialogue and explicit statements rather than a more subtle "showing" of emotion. Think "Brandon's eyes shifted before locking on mine" vs. "Brandon lied to me." We know that `shifty eyes' indicate a, well, shifty character. As a reader I infer the untruth. Too much "telling" distracts me personally as a reader. It annoys me into DNF-ing more often than not.

My second issue with the book was Worldbuilding. I wanted more building to happen in the society of UNA before Aleena gets shipped off to the island. Maybe had I seen what Aleena had been expecting from the island experience - I wouldn't have been so surprised to see how easily she adapted to island life. Because that threw me for a HUGE loop. I was expecting the dull quality of Lena in Pandemonium - The hysterical nature of a newly picked tribute.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Really Special August 16, 2012
By Nyx
Format:Kindle Edition
I was thinking of giving it 3 stars instead but I just couldn't make myself do it. The books wasn't bad, but there was nothing that made it stand out either, it all just fell so flat. You would think with the amount of people and fights that were going that it would be more exciting, but alas, it wasn't. I think the only 'excitement' was the last 30% but by then it was too little too late. I was just reading the dialogue so I could finish it and find out how it ended.

Throughout the book I kept getting the impression that Alenna was somehow this bad ass chick who was going to save them all and what not, but she isn't a badass. Yeah, she does save Liam and they will eventually save the rest, but it was more like she just kept stumbling through the whole thing. Not once did I ever stop and say 'Man, this chick kiss ass!' and yet I just kept waiting for her to DO something, but it doesn't work out that way.

The plot was all pretty straightforward, doesn't take a genius to figure out what was going on and who the Monk was. Nothing really stood out, nor did it make me ever wonder what the hell was going on. I think my only question is, what the hell happened to David? I think he was the only redeemable character there. And the so called romance was meh. It was just starting, and they only had a few conversations and they were already thinking they were in love with each other...It just didn't feel right. Needless to say I won't be reading the rest of this trilogy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
THE FORSAKEN can easily be described as a cross between THE HUNGER GAMES, LORD OF THE FLIES, and the television show Lost. Before I began reading, I looked up some interviews and guest posts provided by Lisa M. Stasse. She openly admits that Lost was one of her inspirations for the novel, so it came as no surprise to me when I realized that the television show was very prevalent within the novel and its world-building. For a novel that is so similar to so many things, it still manages to stick within your mind as a unique entity aside from the novels and television shows that it seems to remind you of and draw inspiration from.

The dystopian world that Stasse creates is unique. It pulls you in from the very beginning and keeps you reading. This is a story of survival that primarily takes place on an island, but she always manages to throw a new plot twist your way every chapter. Whether it is a true identity being revealed, or an unexpected and nearly forgotten connection resurfacing from the past, Stasse manages to keep you turning the pages with her wild imagination. While this dystopian is the usual futuristic world ruled by an oppressive leader, the motives behind those in charge are not something I have come across yet. When the truth about things is revealed, you sit back on your heels as shocked as the characters are. You eat everything up just like them. Stasse sets up the surprise revelations very well.

While the world-building and overall plot kept me moving, I had an extremely hard time connecting with the characters. Not just Alenna, but pretty much everyone. While I understood the reasoning behind making some of the characters act the way they did, I wasn't comfortable with their emotions because, at times, they changed unexpectedly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of our future?
Great book filled with government conspiracy, action, love and family reunion. Gives a good look at what could happen if we allow the government to continue taking our rights and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Cailey Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Alenna is thrust into a world divided between The Drones (a group of...
A fast paced, action filled dystopian similar to 'The Hunger Games' and 'Lord Of The Flies'.

Alenna Shawcross is orphaned at the age of ten when her parents were dragged... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stacy Renee
3.0 out of 5 stars 99 books for the Kindle that were a dozen times better. The romantic...
I'm not finished with it yet... I have to be honest, and say it's not written very well. I think the author should lower her price because I've read free and $0. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bonny C. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars wow what a book!
I totally recommend this book! I couldn't get enough of this book!! I stayed up many nights reading this series!
Published 8 months ago by J. L. Byrne
2.0 out of 5 stars Written like a movie that got turned into a book, lacking details
I find myself agreeing with other reviews in that the book was not well written. I was recommended and loaned this book by a friend who, like me, is an avid dystopian reader. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Alicia Osen
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner!!! Buy the paperback version so you can feel the pages...
I stumbled on The Forsaken during a quick trip to the bookstore. From the beginning you are interested and in love with Alenna the main character. Read more
Published 12 months ago by reeses_n_snow
3.0 out of 5 stars A few Issues But Enjoyable Read
Forsaken reminded me a lot of a dystopian Lord of the Flies. Keeping the Battle Royal theme of sending kids to a remote island and letting the strongest survive, the author avoids... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Talvi
2.0 out of 5 stars The Forsaken By Lisa M. Stasse
The Forsaken is told from the perspective of Alenna Shawcross. The idea for this story isn’t original, it has been done multiple times before by other books/movies. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Abbe Hinder
4.0 out of 5 stars The Forsaken
I knew nothing about The Forsaken before starting it. I just dove right in, and I'm glad that I did! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars A dystopian you shouldn't miss!
originally appeared on: Bookshelf Confessions, I received this from the author in exchange of an honest review

The cover isn’t too glamorous, but it’s enough to get... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Abby Flores
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Lisa M. Stasse was born on a farm in a small town in upstate New York. Bitten by the travel bug, she has since lived in twelve different states and four different countries. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Political Science and English literature, and is currently a digital librarian at UCLA. Lisa loves watching science fiction movies, cooking Spanish food, and dancing around her house to 80's music (when no one is watching). She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and their two-year-old daughter. All three of them are learning how to surf.

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