Waiting on Wednesday [8]: The Forsaken

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
Spotlighting upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating

The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)The Forsaken by  Lisa M. Stasse
Release Date: July 10th, 2012

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.

This sounds like a pretty good dystopian. Plus it comes out in July! That's not that far away, right? Have you heard of it? What do you think? 


  1. This one does sound interesting. A test to predict violence! Then if they fail they are sent to some horrible island. Yikes!
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  2. Wow cool pick! This one looks really good! Another book added to my TBR! :p

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  3. Eeeeppp!! I really love the cover. The story sounds very interesting. Awesome pick! :D

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  4. i'm intrigued by this book. mostly because of the awesome/original cover.

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  5. this one is getting a lot of buzz around the blogosphere. I'm excited to read it.

  6. I think I read the blurb for this a while back and got really excited because living on an island, I love anything to do with islands! Especially a Battle Royale/Hunger Games type story! (Mostly because a group of people get put together in one area and they're either violent or told to be violent). Violence is still really shocking in novels, but if the author uses it correctly, it says a lot more about human nature and society than just simply people killing each other. Plus, the cover is FABULOUS. Looks like it's from the 80's - but yet it's futuristic, very cool!

    1. Yes, the cover is seriously what hooked me! 80's awesomeness for sure! Violence is super shocking, I agree. Especially if it's kids on kids. That's why I think the Hunger Games got so much hype in the first place.

    2. Yea, kids against kids is so brutal. You can not imagine it happening to you, and it's not an escapism tactic which most authors try to find for their writing.

      I read Battle Royale when I was around 14, and it was translated to english from japanese, but it still packed a pretty hard punch when it read like a horror film! I also think the Hunger Games was so popular with boys and girls because the romance wasn't the main objective. You didn't need the romance to hold things together. It seems like The Forsaken might be similar in that aspect. Don't get me wrong, I love YA romance, but sometimes, it's refreshing to see that not every YA character falls in love with the first boy they meet. (Or girl for boy or boy for boy or girl for girl or whatever!)