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The Wicked We Have Done

(Chaos Theory #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  957 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially p
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Penguin/InterMix Books
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
The man I shot was named Jason Earhart, dean of the math department. But then, he was only a body.
I am wicked because the moment Jason died, the only thing I felt was relief.
I murdered an innocent man in cold blood.
I'm sorry, am I supposed to like you?. This is a book about the nature of good and evil, and it completely failed to convince me that any of the criminals within this book deserved a second chance at life. I am not pro-death penalty by any means. This book just failed to be convin
Wendy Darling
I'm sad that I didn't end up enjoying this book more. I try not to use these comparisons too often, but there are so many similarities that this is the best way I can think of to describe the story: it's sort of like The Hunger Games as a punishment/crazy justice system combined with Divergent-ish tests using Star Trek TNG's holodeck. The premise is pretty interesting, but I felt pretty disconnected from the drama and the characters, as well as confused by the plot throughout most of the book. T ...more
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

1.5 stars

Here’s my rule about spoilers:

If it’s in the blurb, or if it’s in the first 5(ish)% of the book (and therefore available for download BEFORE you purchase the book), it’s not a spoiler.

And that’s my disclaimer.

Meet Evalyn Ibarra.

As The Wicked We Have Done begins, Evalyn is saying goodbye to her mother and 5 y.o. brother before being taken to the Compass Room (à la The Hunger Games). Evalyn lives in a future version of our world in which the scientists have create
Heidi The Reader
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
In a not-too-distant future, humanity has developed the technology to see inside the mind of criminals. Through simulations and tracking responses, the law claims to have the ability to measure motivation and "goodness."

Evalyn Ibarra says she is guilty, but not of the crime she is on trial for. Rather than rely on a jury to prove her innocence, she chooses the "compass room," the new technology, to prove her innocence.

If she is truly evil, the compass room will kill her. If she is innocent, she
Ash Wednesday
It’s hard to gauge the insanity levels of others when you’re so screwed up yourself.

In terms of premise-outcome ratio, this came out on the side of disappointing. What I liked most about this book was that this had ambition. I saw the intention to be different and break traditions and stereotypes in the New Adult genre and was greatly appreciated. What I liked least about the book is that it stopped there. It just failed to launch getting trapped in a messy, under-explored storyline.

I received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Wicked We Have Done is a good example of a great way to utilize the relatively new genre of New Adult books. Instead of just hyper-angsty romance novels, authors can make hyper-gritty stories for what would have normally been classified as the 'mature young adult' audience.
I think I originally gravitated toward YA because they tended to have more innocence and hope sprinkled in the story. The good guys still (mostly) wo
Initial Thoughts: 3.0-3.5 stars. It's kind of unfortunate that I kept thinking that this is a Hunger Games clone. There just seems to be a lot of that around, and understandably so. The book's strong point is the character development. Evalyn is a character placed in an unfortunate circumstance, yet she manages to shine despite adversity. For me, her voice saved the novel and kept me reading.

The Review:
OK, I settled on 3 stars for this book because it did have that Hunger Games vibe to it. I d
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on Tangled in Pages

“We die if we’re supposed to die, right?”

While The Wicked We Have Done is not the most original book out there, it certainly was a highly entertaining read; until it took a turn which I couldn’t accept, a turn I STILL cannot accept. It enraged me with how easily it could waive something like ‘that’ off. I just couldn’t.

Comparisons to The Hunger Games will be unavoidable because of the whole survival aspect and how they always found food
As a little way of letting you know my thoughts of the book I am going to share the message I sent the author of this book at 3 am in the morning after having finished reading it. A full review will come once I have the ability to write something more eloquent than simply the word wow 500 times :P

"So late this evening I stupidly decided to read the first chapter or two of The Wicked We Have Done before going to bed. Of course once I started the suspense made it impossible to stop reading and I l
Noah Crocker
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
Hunger Games meets the O.J. Simpson trial.
Stuti Rai
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
While it might not come out as the most successful novel of the genre, The Wicked We Have Done is definitely a genre-bending story for New Adult fans. On the other hand, in terms of a futuristic/science fiction/survival novel, I think I've read most of its storyline many times already. Comparisons have been drawn between The Hunger Games and The Wicked We Have Done(certain others have also been thrown in the mix, but THG remains the principal comparison), but personally, I don't see many similar ...more
Rachael Allen
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
10 Things I Loved About THE WICKED WE HAVE DONE:

1) Evalyn. She's an amazing MC. From the get-go, I liked her and sympathized with her (I think her relationship with her brother was a big part of this). And at the beginning we think she’s committed some horrible crime, like the kind where you’d have to be morally bankrupt, so the fact that she’s so damn likable is pretty amazing. I like how we peeled back the layers to learn more about her as the book went on. She’s strong, she’s flawed, she’s t
Angela S
Sarah Harian's debut The Wicked We Have Done has that "I couldn't put it down" mojo that I crave when searching for books. From the first line I knew that I was going to be sucked into it, and I was right. Evalyn's character comes screaming out of the page - tough and smart with just enough compassion for others that you know she's someone to root for. Evalyn also has a certain vulnerability that I found compelling. By feeding us little pieces of her past, Harian reveals Evalyn's true character, ...more
Nikki S
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult, dnf
Ok, I'm a little upset with this one. Although there are some super cool quotes to go along with a super cool concept, the writing style sucked. It made me not want to finish this. And I really really wanted to.
When I read the synopsis of this I was definitely intrigued. An NA book with that's about something else other than a just a romance? I was all for it! It really seemed like something I would like. But the more I read, the more I didn't like it. But it had nothing to do with the synopsis
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

The Wicked We Have Done has been on my radar ever since I saw that the author, Sarah Harian, mentioned that it was inspired by the TV show LOST. Color me interested.  If you didn't know, I am and will forever be a huge fan of that TV show. The characters are unforgettable and all of them are incredibly flawed.  Similarly, the characters Harian created in her debut novel are equally (if not more) flawed.  All of them are convicted criminals.  The Wicked We Have Done is an action-packed thrill
Kelli Wilson
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Excellent, BUT Loved it, read it in a day, and same with the 2nd novel, BUT. Exciting, scary, tough, emotional, etc., BUT, knowing everything I do after reading the 2 novels, and how the 2nd goes, I would NOT read these AGAIN, if I could go back. There is no 3rd b0ok, no plans for a 3rd, per authors, own words. It is left horribly open-ended and painfully unsatisfying, so much that, no matter how much I loved the 2 books, I would not read them if I knew I would be left with a misleading incomple ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Scientists have developed a program that can determine whether a person is mortally corrupt. Inside the Compass Room, severe criminals are tested whether they are evil or not. If the Compass Room deems them corrupt, they will die. If you survive for a month, you're free.

Evalyn has been charged with terrorism for her involvement in a high school shooting. She is ready to be found guilty and to be killed. She is put into the Compass Room, which is reminiscent of the arena in The Hunger Games, with
Originally posted on: Confessions of an Opinionated Book Geek

Starting this book, I was skeptical. The compass room was one of those dystopian ideas that made me resistant to reading this in its entirety. I soldiered through and I am really happy that I did, because I liked this book. Not at first. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was going on and it bothered me that I didn’t know the true extent of Evalyn’s guilt. Once I got past that and suspended my disbelief I was pleasantly su
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
I know I don’t usually like comparisons, but parts of it did remind me of The Hunger Games, others made me think of Criminal Minds and there was a constant reminder of Cabin in the Woods in the back of my head, which is a poke at horror clichés anyway. Add to that a new adult vibe, and you might get an idea of what The Wicked We Have Done is like.

At first, the description of the characters as deviant criminals didn’t fit with how they were portrayed, maybe with a couple of exceptions. As the sto
Anne Huart (Books & Tea)
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4 stars

Review also available on Books & Tea

In the dystopian world of "The Wicked we have done", criminals who are trialed and quite certain to be condemned to death, have the choice to change their sentence to one month in a prison where their only goal will be to survive: the Compass Room.

A month during which their morality will be tested and monitored, in order to prove whether they really are evil or not. The few survivors will be released.

The book starts as Evalyn enters the Compass Room wi
People, if we keep watering down the definition of "dystopia" to include "a flawed prison system", we might as well toss it out entirely. This isn't a dystopian novel, or at least no more than our current reality is.

This book is about a group of convicted murderers sentenced to a month-long test of their morality, to determine if they should be put to death or released. I'm not seeing the Hunger Games similarities, beyond the surface concepts of "female protagonist" and "dying in an arena".

Megan Erickson
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-new-adult
Let's just say that I'm in bed right now and I don't want to get OUT of bed because surely there is something trying to kill me.

I feel like I'm still in the Compass Room with Evalyn.

THE WICKED WE HAVE DONE is not a book I normally read. But I like the author and I love the idea of NA stretching its contemporary limits, so I picked this up eagerly. And I'm glad I did.

Because it does make you think about morality. And what is sinful and what punishment is fair. This is a weird world that Ms. Haria
So, I was looking for something.... different.

Genre: Low Sci/fi, horror & romance.
Cover: 5/10
Writing: 8/10
Heroine: 8/10
Other characters: 8/10
Action: 8/10
Romance: 6/10
Ending: 8/10
Extra book Details: Heroine POV.

I don't really read these kind of books, so this is unique for me, I don't have anything to compare it with apart from films. So, think Jumanji meets The Hunger Games meets Saw meets The Breakfast Club :D

The 'Compass Rooms' is a new form of criminal justice, of execution. The ultimate test
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm quite sad about this book. Mostly because it was one that I was really looking forward to reading this year (because it sounded fresh and cool and had a lot of potential to be a really awesome read), only after reading the actual book now, it ended up being the kind of read that didn't live up to my expectations or rather it just wasn't what I was expecting the book to be like. Yeah. It was disappointing needless to say. Perhaps the sequel might change my mind about this series, that is if I ...more
Jennifer Walkup
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Wicked We Have Done is incredible! It’s a beautifully chaotic futuristic thriller. The tension on these pages had me FLYING through this book. Evelyn and the others in the compass room are desperate and fighting for their lives, all while reliving and fighting their personal demons. This book begins with a group of very disturbed young criminals. But things are not always what they seem, and soon we find out more and more about these characters… We begin to care about them, understand them, ...more
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Such an amazingly creative concept in THE WICKED WE HAVE DONE that sadly was completely wasted on me because I simply did not like the characters at all - particularly the heroine. She was a real strange one. And a total exhibitionist which was not only odd but further off-putting. And the romance... eesh. The love interest was incredibly weak; I actually found the entire romance storyline repelling. From the first kiss with puke breath, well, it just didn't improve from there for me, sadly. ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fuck. Amazing. I devoured this.

If you dig the YA trend of dystopian government breaking (but need a little less angst), you'll dig this book.

Also? I'm gonna need this to be a movie. kthx.
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Badass. And perfect proof that NA is more than ready to go beyond Contemporary Hetero Romance.
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first saw the cover. I loved that it was a New Adult Dystopia (we need more of these please!), I loved that the cover was sooooo different than 99% of new adult books out there (I love the blood!), and I of course loved that this book was about killers.This quickly went on my ‘Killers’ shelf and I was so excited when I finally got my review copy. I sometimes feel let down with books like this because I feel like they don’t reach their full potential ...more
Jenni Arndt
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: purchased-ebook
A funny, recurring conversation I always have with my friends is about the stark contrast between books I like and movies I like. See, I love me a good action movie. Give me Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg or a nice gory horror film any day of the week. But when it comes to reading, I want the “chick-flicks” I want heartbreak, I want emotion, I want to be left so emotionally wrecked that I can’t even see through my tears. The Wicked We Have done brought everything that I like in movies so perfectly ...more
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Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. She spends her free time listening to movie scores and dreaming up monsters, and lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.

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