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The Forsaken (The Forsaken #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  4,333 ratings  ·  786 reviews
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 violenc...more
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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My reaction to reading the summary of this book.

Niga Higa - hell yeah Pictures, Images and Photos

My reaction to finishing this novel.

First and foremost, Alenna needs to set her priorities straight.

One moment, she's saying that she won't fall in love with hot boy Liam and focus on surviving, then the next moment, she's drooling over him, and his muscles. No, just no. And another thing that further fueled the fuel with this book was the instant love. I swear on the third meeting between these boring characters they both fall in love.

The heck!...more
Emily May

Well, what can I say about The Forsaken? Very little that I haven't already said about almost every other dystopian book I've read in the last couple of years. I'll say yet again what I nearly always say when reviewing dystopian or urban fantasy novels: if you deliberately come back time after time because you like having more of the same, then you may find this easier to love. If you're sick of a few unexplained mentions of the word "control" and sparse world-building, this isn't going to be a...more
I remember my initial response to The Hunger Games. The whole concept of the reaping and the games had been something completely new and exciting to me. It was entirely horrific, of course, the thought of children fighting to the death, but there was just something about that idea that made it an exhilarating read. In a way somewhat reminiscent of that, The Forsaken had me almost giddy with excitement. It’s been a while since I’ve been completely captivated by a dystopian system, but I couldn’t...more
Most awesome dust cover EVER!
Jun 14, 2012 Kira marked it as to-read
I'm reading this book for the politics.

The US, Mexico and Canada have all banded together as one super-country? Why? Look at the relations between all three today. They operate in vastly different ways and are at hugely different developmental stages. For example, the US and Mexico are not ICC members, and Canada is. Canada maintains its relations to the British monarchy. The US is largely anti-European. Most of the Mexican population are descendants of the Portuguese or Spanish, whose relation...more
The Forsaken is a book that I was really looking forward to, as it had a gorgeous cover and an equally intriguing premise. With the dystopian genre as the new à la mode, it's difficult to find a series that can truly set itself apart from the rest. The bar has been set pretty high, and it's not easy to come up with something that is truly gripping. The only series that I've really enjoyed following The Hunger Games have been Divergent and Lunar Chronicles, and even those are lacking in some of t...more
Raeleen Lemay
This book was awesome, but I just had to dock a star for that TERRIBLE romance. Like seriously, not every YA dystopian book needs a cheesy romance, I really wish authors could get that into their heads. But otherwise, AHHH AWESOME, AMAZING, HARGIDULSLKG.

I don’t often read Dystopocalyptic novels willingly but when Lisa approached me for a review and I read the synopsis, I found myself intrigued. I am glad I took a chance because as it turns out, The Forsaken is one of the best Dystopians I have read ever.

What makes The Forsaken so interesting (and riveting) to me are various things which I am going to discuss in the next few paragraphs. (A thesis statement of sorts? Hah.).

Superficially, The Forsaken does not differ in any major way from the rath...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
The Forsaken has a great dystopian idea, a prison island where those who fail a behavior test are sent. That has some of the essential ingredients for a great dystopian : 1. Controlling government 2. Disenfrantized citizenship 3. Lack of control over own life. And the book starts strongly, with the main character going through the test then waking up dazed and confused in the middle of the jungle.

Sound greats right? Unfortunately from there the book just goes wrong. Quickly Alenna, moves into a...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I'm torn about whether or not to read this. The cover is gorgeous and the summary sounds so promising ... yet I'm seeing a lot of negative reviews. So, acck! I don't know, maybe I'll just stare at the cover but not actually read it.
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

It is the future, and the world is a very different place. Because of the crumbling economy and political tensions, the United States, Mexico, and Canada have combined to form the United Northern Alliance (the U.N.A.), under the not-so-benevolent leadership of Prime Minister Roland Haka - a four-star general who came to power and created the UNA following the civil unrest due to economic unrest and food shortages. In the new supernation, travel is banned,...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
This book had so much lost potential that it's almost sad. The plot promises to be the next Lord of the Flies, it promises hints of The Hunger Games and The Giver. Sadly, it does not live up to huge expectations. It doesn't even begin to touch any of my smaller ones (such as a passable plot, good world building, and likable characters).

The Forsaken is an odd sort of read. It's a exciting boring novel - which doesn't make any sense I'm sure but once read, what I mean is quite clear. The Forsaken...more
This was a very fast read with lots of action.

It was really good but I found the ending lacking and unsatisfying.
It wasn't that it was bad- this was not the case at all, it's just the ending was not as good as the rest of the book.

Alena saw her parents taken at 10 years old by the UNA. They tell her their gone and she's theirs now- the UNA's orphan.
When children reach 16 it is mandatory for them to take a test which- known to them decides if they will be rebels or not. They are designed to k...more
Leah R
Eh. Good writer, who wrote the wrong book. It's a mashup of Hunger Games, Uglies, and basically every other dystopia I can't think of offhand. I won't summarize the plot, the official summary is a perfect description.

If Stasse ever writes anything else I'd love to read it. She's got talent, definitely. Great, fast-paced fighting and lots of plot twists...which are alas totally predictable to anyone who's ever heard of the term "Big Brother." Also people constantly die- except the ones that it wo...more
This book ranks high on the young adult dystopians. The book is non-stop action and surprising. I expected none of what transpired. It is also surprisingly violent, although not detailed.

What I liked:
1. The story first and foremost. It is something interesting and compelled me forward.
2. The friendship between the girls. As the story develops, the complicated relationship of girls plays out as there is a common hottie boy.
3. The uncomplicated romance. Yes, there is a triangle and it causes some...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Not so far in the future, a global economic meltdown results in devastating and wide-ranging consequences. When sixteen-year-old Alenna Shawcross was only five years old, the three countries of North America - Canada, the USA and Mexico - merged to form the United Northern Alliance, led by self-appointed Prime Minister Roland Harka, a charismatic army general, and set about trying to subjugate the rest of the world with the might of its armies and technology, to secure food supplies among other...more
Dystopians have become extremely popular in YA recently. And the problem with the popularity comes trying to find a way to take a well saturated genre such as Dystopian and try to write something completely unique for it. It almost feels like an impossible feat, because almost every time you will be able to draw some similarity to other Dystopian books. This is where The Forsaken comes in, it is without a doubt a great book. But you will find you see yourself drawing comparisons to many differen...more
Nothing beats the feeling of satisfaction after reading the book you expected to be awesome. I’ve been eyeing this baby for a while and lo and behold it was on galley grab. I didn’t know it was within my reach (this early). I was so ecstatic to read it. An island full of teenagers who have violent tendencies? *Raises her hand, me wants it!*

If Glimpse has a test to identify people with mental illness, the GPPT (government personality profile test) will determine kids with potential aggressive beh...more
3.5 stars

Alenna is shocked when she wakes up on the wheel, an island where kids who fail the GPPT test are sent. The GPPT is a test to identify future criminals and separate them from society. She was sure that she would pass.

She's heard the horror stories about the island, where the resident kids have a life expectancy of only 18 years. Scared and not knowing what to do, she starts to explore and comes across a boy who seems to have been dropped off at the same time as her, David.

As they try to...more
Review originally posted on

First of all, I'd like to give a big thank you because I got provided with a review copy. Second, I just have to admire this cover greatly. This is perhaps the best cover out there. Very creative, and perfectly fits with the story. It's great to see a change from the girls dressed up on covers.

On to the review:

By now you might think: Enough of dystopia! It's everywhere. Soon there will be a "dystopian corner" just like there was...more
Seen at Scott Reads It

For a while I wanted to read The Forsaken and I finally decided to pick it up when I received an ARC of the sequel. Despite all of the hype The Forsaken was just your average dystopian book. I had very mixed feelings regarding The Forsaken and I feel it had so much potential.

Almost ever very single darn thing in The Forsaken I have already seen way too many times. Of course kids are marooned on a deserted island and they split up into factions. Obviously there has to be a...more
Ugh. This book has a lovely cover. It is a shame that it is so completely meh in every other way. It took me way too long to read it, just because it was so...un-interesting. In every way. It wasn't TERRIBLE, I just didn't care.

The characters were super uninteresting and underdeveloped, the love story had no power behind it or desire, the world building was kind of downright awful (this all takes place 20 years from now? I, the writing was blah, and it was TOO LONG.

Overall, this wa...more
The whole concept of this book was completley awesome and I loved it, I just felt like it could have been done better. My main problem with this book was the characters. I didn't feel any sort of attachment towards any of them. When characters died or were taken or left behind, I didn't care. I didn't feel the emotional response I'm used to with books. I even felt detached from the main character, Alenna. I really wanted to love this book because the plot just sounded so great, but I only got a...more
In the past, I've noted that dystopians are not my favorite genre, but that doesn't keep me from trying them from time to time and I have found many that I love. I have recently started changing my mind with the influx of really different traditionally and indie published dystopians. This one rocked! It read a bit like a horror story to me it was just so unimaginable what was happening. From beginning to end the inhabitants or should I say the outcasts on the island are constantly barraged by so...more
Not going to lie, the only reason I bought this was book was for the cover. It's stunning - easily my favorite YA cover EVER (so far).

The cover gets 5 stars, the story gets 3...thus I settled on 4 stars.

That being said, I get why there are mixed reviews for this book. The premise is strong, although derivative of a lot of things like Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games, but it has it's own original spin on the whole dystopian / kids killing kids trope. The writing is great for younger teens...more
4.5/5 stars

You know how all dystopian novels are now labeled the next "Hunger Games"? and you know how every time, the book has nothing to do with HG or just isn't up to its level? Well The Forsaken not only has a total HG vibe, but its unique plot, mystery, characterization, and excellent storytelling mark it as one of my favorite dystopians of 2012!

This dystopian world has two types of people, anchored and unanchored souls. If a person has an unanchored soul when they go through the GPPT test...more
I was drawn to this book because of the cover. It's understated yet almost off-putting, and more traditionally "sci-fi" than other YA of the same genre. For that reason, I was expecting so much more of this book. Unfortunately, the cover might as well have been a girl wearing a pretty dress.

The idea was interesting, of course. Naturally there are Lord of the Flies comparisons, but this book struck me as a combination of LOST and The Host (towards the end), oddly enough. However, the world didn't...more
Jacob McCabe
First off...can we just take a moment to bask in the glorious that is this cover? It might be my favorite cover of all time.

Anyway, I think I really enjoyed this book. It has some astounding parts, and some lesser parts, but in the end it really pulled together and set up the last book. In fact, the last chapter was my favorite because it answered pretty much all of my questions and I can now see where she's going it with it, which makes me really excited for book two.

The main complaint I have...more
Alice Belikov  First lady Ivashkov

This book gets a A+ for ORIGINALITY!!!! Even though some may it was Hunger Games meets Lord of the flies, which DOES NOT stop this book from having GREAT potential! I really enjoyed all of the characters, they all played a significant part in the book and weren't just a waste of a character. Every one of them was put on the wheel for a purpose and all had essential skills that was needed to help each other...more
3.5 stars

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 t...more
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Just a quick comparison question. 4 11 Jun 14, 2014 11:00AM  
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What's The Name o...: Kids sent to island. YA Dystopian [s] 3 41 Feb 25, 2014 06:30AM  
do you like Liam and Alenna? 5 33 Dec 05, 2013 06:41PM  
Shut Up & Read: The Forsake by Lisa M. Stasse 25 29 Jul 04, 2013 02:48PM  
anybody else love Aleniam? Or Lienna. 1 8 Feb 14, 2013 07:58PM  
Cover "inspired"? 3 44 Dec 21, 2012 07:01PM  
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