Edition: Orchard Books Paperback
Released: August 2nd 2012
Series: The Forsaken #1
EVERY TEENAGER MUST TAKE THE TEST.
IF YOU PASS, YOU LIVE.
IF YOU FAIL, YOU'RE FORSAKEN.
Sixteen-year-old Alenna wakes up in the worst place on Earth: alone on an island infested with warring tribes of feral teenagers.
If she wants to escape, she must make the impossible choices. Join or battle the evil Monk? Fight or fall for Liam, the boy she's drawn to?
Abandoned. Exiled. Forsaken.
Alenna's fight for survival starts now.
Ever since the author of this book contacted me to spotlight her book trailer, I'd wanted this book. It looked A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Just from reading the blurb, don't you agree? I should think so! Well now that I've read it, I can tell you all just what I thought!
I'll start off by saying I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I mean, it was a dystopian! And I just LOVE the dystopian genre! This is probably one of those books that all Hunger Games fans would love - it's an adventurous, unique page-turner. I just adored the plot! Ahh, don't you just love fresh, unusual storylines for dystopian books? I certainly do!
The only slight, teeny-weeny, itty-bitty thing I would point out is that there is a bit of an insta-love. But I actually loved Liam - the love interest - so that didn't bother me all too much. He was just so swoon-worthy! And, of course, there's the heroine of the story, Alenna. She fit perfectly for the story and her narration kept me hooked. She was brave, strong and fit perfectly for the story. And also went through a great character development. Another character I enjoyed (and found quite comical at times) was Sinxen. But I'll leave it at that you can meet him for yourselves! ;)
Overall, The Forsaken was a great debut from talented author, Lisa M. Stasse. I am definitely excited to see where book two, The Uprising, will take us. Since it's coming out in 2013, however, I have a long wait. I'll miss Alenna and Liam for sure. :( So with some great characters and a fresh take on the dystopian genre, The Forsaken was a really enjoyable read which I can easily recommend! :)
PS: I actually prefer this cover over the other one now. Up close, it has an almost pastel/chalky quality. :)