Jul 24, 2012

Review: The Foresaken by Lisa M. Stasse (+Giveaway)

The Foresaken by Lisa M. Stasse
July 10th, 2012 from Simon & Schuster

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 book had two things going for it from the start. One, That. Cover. Personally, that image is something that gets more and more interesting every time I see it. After reading the book, I love the cover art even more. I don't think I could ever envision anything as extroadinary, but that cover is a great depiction of what the story is about. And that leads me to number two; the synopsis. I am a huge dystopian fan and I love the description of the book. The terms 'obedient orphan' and 'The Wheel' all had me pushing this book to the top of my TBR pile.

Alenna hasn't had a picture perfect life being an orphan after her parents were arrested and never heard from again. Now at sixteen, she finds herself on Prison Island Alpha in a war between a seemingly peace loving tribe and the Drones. The Drones are ruled by a religious, mask wearing freak who guys by the name, Monk. People fear him and his Drones think he is the be all and end all. The islands views on this man and his cult following were really interesting. One group adores the man, the other absolutely loathes. These kids are smart and know when something smells fishy. Alenna is a smart girl as well. Her relationships with the other villagers, the special boy she can't stop staring at, and the special boy that throws all caution to the wind keep her on her toes.

I appreciated that Stasse didn't hold back from the violence and she didn't shy away from offing main characters. The Wheel is supposed to be the place where these prisoners die suffer and eventually die. The life expectancy is less than two years, and sugar coating prisoner life would have left this story falling short. Fortunately, that didn't happen! Several people die in horrific and unsuspecting ways. People step up as heroes and some just end up being hauled into the sky by flying robots. Yeah...I like those parts.

A little bit of The Hunger Games, and a little bit of The Maze Runner makes this an adventure/dystopian lovers top pick. And that would be me!

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You can find Stasse at her website
You can find the cover artist, Dan Mountford on Flickr

Check out the book trailer: ***IMHO a bit spoilery so watch with caution***



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37 comments:

  1. I was just saying on Twitter yesterday that I hadn't seen any reviews of this book and didn't know whether I should pick it up or not. I think your review just convinced me. I love dystopia and I like the sound of the characters and that she doesn't shy away from violence. I think dystopias where they pretend the violence isn't happening seem inauthentic.

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  2. The more I hear about this book, the more excited I get. I saw the trailer a while ago and thought the book sounded awesome after reading the synopsis. I'm glad to see it's getting positive reviews, because I can not wait to read it!

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  3. i'm always so excited when you do a review, most of the books i've read this year have been based on your reviews. thank you. (i've added the Maze Runner trilogy to my books to check out from the library.)

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  4. Sounds like a great addition to the dystopian genre.

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  5. I thought I was a little weird for really, really liking the Maze Runner. Thank goodness I'm not alone in this! I'm so excited about this book. Your review solidifies it as a great book! I can't wait to read it.

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  6. I agree - the violence was pretty unflinching, but that made the book much more intense.

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  7. I actually saw the trailer for this book first and it's what convinced me to add it to my TBR, the cover is very interesting, I didn't like it at first glance but I like it more every time I look at it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sandy
    Scribing Shadows

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  8. This sounds like a really powerful read. I'm more into the violent dark YA fiction, so this sounds like it's right up my ally. Definitely looking forward to it!

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  9. I'm not a huge dystopia fan, but I still want to read this one. I think it's that amazing cover.

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  10. I love Dystopian and this one sounds so good! I am glad to hear she didn't sugar coat the prison life or it would feel fake. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  11. I loved this novel! I thought that the beginning was a bit slow and kind of mirrored books like THe Hunger Games a little too closely. However, once it got going and became its own story, I really enjoyed it. Nice review

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  12. This book seems so awesome, I hope to get a chance to read it soon! My barnes and noble is out of it :-(. Great review!

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  13. I have been dying to read this book! It sounds amazing. The trailer had me hooked right from the get-go.

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  14. This book sounds super awesome!I love dystopian fiction

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  15. When I first saw the trailer I thought it was for a new tv show,lol. Dystopian have really become my favorite genre this year and I have become hooked I can't wait for more and Foresaken looks like the perfect read.

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  16. I hate to say it but I am sold if I know a main character might die. In my opinion if an author can still write an amazing book after the main character is gone then it will be a stunning book. Can't wait to check this out.

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  17. I am SO excited about this one! I love, love that cover!

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  18. I love the trailer!! The whole book sounds so exciting and the characters all very interesting:)

    Thanks so much:)

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  19. She offs main characters? Like in the Hunger Games?! I hope I don't cry when I read this book then. Can't wait to read it though.

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  20. I like to read all of the dystopias. Good to know she'll kill characters, because that needs to happen in a dystopia. It's kind of what they're about.

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  21. This sounds interesting, and I think I will add it. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  22. I absolutely love the cover of this book! There's another coming out (The Lost Girl I think) that looks very similar.

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  23. Cannot wait to read this! Seeing it everywhere on the blogospher

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  24. I've read The Hunger Games but not The Maze Runner! This should be a fun read! awesome review! Thanks for the chance :)

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  25. I absolutely love The Maze Runner & The Hunger Games! I'm glad to hear that this one was amazing. I'm going to have to check it out!

    Thanks for the review :)

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  26. When I first saw the trailer for this book, I got really excited about it. Now, even more so. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

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  27. I want to win this book sooo bad!!! I absolutely just loved the book trailer for this!!!

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  28. That book trailer is freaking awesome. I'm tired of everything being compared to The Hunger Games, but I'm interested in the Lost comparison. That's not a comparison you really see too often and I used to love the show (until they killed off Charlie :P).

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  29. Been hearing a lot about this one...thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I just picked up a copy of this last week! I'm really excited to read it! I avoided the trailer as suggested!

    BTW...I've switched over blogs from Lily's Bookshelf to Reading by Lamplight. I'd love it if you swung by!
    http://lamplitreviews.blogspot.com/

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  31. So happy to see this giveaway, thanks! I've been salivating for this book ever since I heard about it :) I completely agree with you on the cover - not only do I love it, but I also seem to find something new every time I look at it. I only JUST notice the satellite-looking thing in the top of her head, for goodness' sake!! (maybe that's The Wheel?) I didn't watch the trailer cause I've been avoiding *anything* that might spoil some part of the book for me, so thanks for the warning! Oh, and I'm also happy to see in your review that the author isn't afraid to depict the violence or to "get rid of" some of her characters... well, "happy" seems like a weird way to say it, like I'm a sadist or something :) but, for one, I enjoy darker reads, and second, I hate reading something that is about a tough subject (eg, violent dystopian society) that doesn't actually *depict* that tough subject. Why try to write about it if you're not going to actually WRITE about it?! Anyway, THANKS!! Fingers crossed :)

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  32. The preview video for this book makes me very interested in reading it.

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  33. I have heard nothing but great things about this book would love to read it!

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  34. I am in love with this cover! I want to get my hands on this book so bad!

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  35. First off, this book is DYSTOPIAN!!! I NEED IT!! Second, that cover really grabs your eye!! And, the book summary just totally drags you into the story! I've seen so many positive reviews and I'm DYING to get my hands on this book!!
    Thank you so much for doing this giveaway!

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