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The Forsaken by Lissa. M. Stasse

"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".

Divergent meets The Maze Runner. That’s how I would describe this book. So one will think I was meant to love (the premise is quite good) it but it wasn’t the case. I couldn’t get into this book. Normally when I read something I picture myself as if I’m living it but with this one I was just a mere observer, one who couldn’t get personally involved with the story. I could not identify with any of the characters and I didn’t care for them or their fates, it just didn’t matter to me and I think some of it has to do with the writing style. I didn’t like it and it was not able to give me the necessary emotions to make me like this book. I read it as someone who reads a simple flyer. I was bored most of the time, despite the action and the twists here and there.

In addition to that, we have instalove… Like seriously? The characters have known each other for like a few days, how is it even possible to have fallen in love too deeply? This is something YA authors should stop doing because no one is buying it. A love story needs development and this one didn’t have any, in my opinion. OH, and also we have a love triangle, if you can categorize it as a love triangle, which was even worse than the actual instalove relationship.

So now you are probably wondering why I finished reading this book but the answer is easy: if I start reading a book, I need to finish it (normally they would eventually pick up and make me enjoy them, not in this case though. I mean a lot of things happened, really, but I didn’t find them good enough for me). It doesn’t matter how long it takes, I have to finish them. I know it’s not logical but that’s the way I roll. I would not probably pick up the next book in this series, but I want to know if it gets any better just in case; never say never, right?

I ended up giving this book 2 stars because I think despite a good plot and premise it lacked delivering and was not as good as it could be. 

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