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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  71 reviews
From USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon Charts Bestselling author and Goodreads Best Fiction Finalist Sejal Badani comes an exhilarating, Readers's Choice 2019 YA series.

Abandoned at eleven with no memory of her family, Alexia seeks her true identity. Under the new government's regime, sixteen year-olds are evaluated for their desire to harm others. Throughout the test,
Paperback, 442 pages
Published March 7th 2019 by SBSK Corp.
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Jessica M
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Upon first seeing the cover for The Circle: Taken I thought of the book Divergent. Though the two covers are not the same, they are similar, which is what first grabbed my attention. Say what you like, but books are often judged by their covers, and I will say I had high hopes.
After reading the book summary, I was absolutely hooked! I love sci-fi, dystopian style genre books, whether they are YA or otherwise. I will say that if they are YA I generally hope they don’t turn into a romantic soap op
Dee/ bookworm
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Circle: Taken was an amazing book! I am so excited to read the next in the series. A lot of things were left open and not explained but the author did such a good job at the ending/next book entrance that you don't feel like it is a big cliffhanger. It has some resolution. The main character is likeable and has some issues, but she is a person you want to root for and see succeed.

Thank you to NetGalley and SBSK for the advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review!
❀ Sarah ❀
I found The Circle to be an enjoyable young adult, dystopian fantasy. The concept of the story reminded me of the Hunger Games which is very difficult, if not impossible to measure up to for me.

The world war resulted in the destruction of the world as we know it. In the aftermath the government divided civilians into zones and now govern with strict enforcement of the law (curfews, job allocation etc). The female protagonist Alexia was found washed up on a beach a few years ago without any recol
Mercedes Diaz
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t even, that’s how I’m starting this review. YA is in my top 3 favorite genres to read and Circle: Taken pushed the boundaries to the limits. We see the struggle of someone coming into her own, alone, and up against many forces. She has to conceal a significant part of her identity and determine who around her is harmful, helpful, or just a hindrance. Honestly, this book had my heart racing in places, and in others, it was absolute heartbreak.

I loved that we see Alexia through good and ba
Jimmy Jefferson
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story with exciting twists along the journey

The circle taken is an amazing story. I found myself hooked from the first page when I began to read about an 11 year old girl training to be a warrior. Alexia has a secret past and at 16 must now take the test to decide her future. With her talents, she finds herself sent away and forced to train for survival. The story follows the 16 year old alexia as she trains and tried to recover the memories of the past. This is one of the best adventure
Meg Hoffman
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For people that think the YA genre can't produce hard-hitting thrillers with real tension and suspense, I point them toward The Circle: Taken.
Not only does the first installment of what looks to be a really gripping series have tons of action, tension, and conflict, the character development is truly top notch. You'll find that none of the characters really fit into a purely good/evil/black/white category. On the contrary, they all have a variety of different motivations that drive them and driv
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with intrigue and questions from the very beginning. Who is Alexia? Who is her family? When will her secret get out? This is definitely one of those books that is hard to put down once you begin. The story is an interesting and unique tale of survival and choices. Alexia is strong, talented, has no memory of where she came from. The dark world that author Sage Sask is well-built and creates a wonderful atmosphere for the entire story. I loved getting to follow Alexia on her a ...more
Amy Koller
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Circle: Taken” is an excellent YA novel that is sure to appeal to the masses of readers. The plot is truly gripping and will keep you guessing and wanting more with each and every turn of the page. The protagonist, Alexia, is a young girl who is struggling to find herself in the midst of chaotic and tumultuous times. This story really has it all: love, loss, strength, courage, chaos, and so much more. Regardless of what your favorite genre is, “The Circle” has something in store for everyon ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A young girl trying to hide her true identity seems like a great start for an adventure, and it really keeps the pace throughout the whole book. We will find ourselves rooting for Alexia, asking ourselves what she will do next, and how will the story unfold in the next pages. It's an adventure filed with love, friendships, enemies, and many plot twists, that are there to keep us there, in Alexia's journey. The main question for me is who decides your destiny? Is it fixed or can you mold it?
Denice Langley
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set along the same "bones" as Hunger Games, The Circle Taken finds a group of young adults forced to fight each other to prove their worth. The ruling community has dictated that they fight for their space among the population. There is a underground rebellious group which threatens the community's absolute rule.
The story diverges from the Hunger Games with the characters. Our heroine has no memory of her childhood. She has been given no training to be able to protect herself during the fight ep
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! It is not an original concept when it comes to YA books but that is quite okay in my book as long as it's executed in a good manner. I could connect to the main character, understand her dilemma when it comes to choosing between a mother who abandoned Alexia for her own, still a bit unsure, goal and her new friends who gave her a home and sense of belonging missing until then. The action and adventures were exciting like you would hope and the plot slowly unravels. Personally I canno ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This dystopian novel is a must read!

I found the characters to be very engaging, especially Alexia, the main character. I enjoyed the other characters throughout the book as well. Some were not quite as dynamic as Alexia's growth through the novel, but they still made the story very interesting and hard to put down.

The pacing of the story felt cohesive and very easy to follow. The material is also clean and very young adult appropriate. I loved how there were great moral lessons throughout and
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love This BOOK!! This is my first YA book and it was a very pleasant surprise!

The Circle is a book that will take you in a roller coaster of emotions and scenarios, that will keep you wanting to know more about each character and situation.. is a story of friendship, survival and right choices.. a story where the characters will have to think twice before completing their mission..

Alexa, a courageous heroine that is looking for her mother, she is alone and has been living in a secluded area, u
Stephen R.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading something by this author, and I’m very impressed by the writing style. It flows. It’s poetic. It has a rhythm. That’s not something I expect in a sci-fi novel. Interesting story, yes. Relatable characters, yes. Great writing, no. But this book has it all.

It’s also written in present tense from the first-person perspective. That’s a mechanic I enjoy because it does two things: it puts you in the character’s mind, and it presents the action as happening now. It’s mor
A Cannady
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely an incredible read. I never once put it down until the last page and I’m ready for a sequel now. “The Circle: Taken” by Sage Sask is an amazingly well-written book about a girl named Alexia, a girl who can’t remember her past. She lives in a dystopian time where the government gets to decide who lives and who dies and controls the lives of those who live. When she turns sixteen, she is tested, like all other sixteen-year-olds, for her potential to harm others, or so the test is called ...more
Jo Bass
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, this book seems like another rerun of Hunger Games, or perhaps Lord of the Flies. But as the story progresses, you realize that it is so much more than that. In a world of the future, where life is hard two rival factions struggle, each in their own way, to make it better. In such a struggle, complicated by preternatural abilities, family ties, betrayed friendships and more, hardness is prized. It is only by being hard that you can survive, that your people, your friends, your f ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Circle: Taken” is a great Young Adult book that holds up even for adults. The story of Alexia’s struggle to find out who she is and what she can do. Sage Sask creates a wonderfully detailed world that morphs with Alexia as she comes closer to the truth. The story is well written and has enough suspense, action and personal conflicts to keep you turning pages until the end. Great read, I would recommend it to others.
Amanda Jones
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What an incredible book! One of those you just can’t put down! Anxiously awaiting book two to see what happens!
J.D. DeHart
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Circle Taken is written with intense creativity. Sage Sask has created a fantasy world many of my middle school students would have been glad to visit. Recommended reading for school and home.
Erika Sarutobi
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not really a new concept but it was executed very well because the writing style was great that I really enjoyed it a lot! I haven't read a first POV in a long time so this was a treat.

The story is about Alexia who doesn't remember anything when she woke up on the shore of the beach. She is taken to an orphanage and stays there until she has to pass a test run by the government. In this world, people live in Zones because the war destroyed almost everything and so the government decides everythi
Jerry Olasakinju
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a Young Adult book questions the integrity of the genre and puts a young character in a more mature setting and circumstance, what you will get is a rollercoaster of emotions and augh!
The heroine of this story, Alexa, finds herself in a very dicey situation whereby she has to go on a hot chase for her mother all by herself. Not only that, she must fight her way through all obstacles as she endeavors to save her mother and other people around her, clinging to her life purpose and memory.
Amanda Jones
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an incredible story! This is one of those books that you just can’t put down! Anxiously awaiting the second book to see what happens!
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Lelia Taylor
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Most of the time, I either like a main character with few or no reservations or I close the book early because I can’t make a connection with the protagonist. Alexia evoked altogether different feelings because of her complexity and because the author allowed her to have faults, very natural faults at that. Alexia appealed to me because she’s not the near-perfect being who rarely makes a misstep. In essence, she is in search of herself while she learns some very valuable life lessons.

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Haley Schryver
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Circle: Taken” is well written, exciting tale following Alexia, a young girl with psychic powers who was abandoned as a child. We follow her as she comes of age in a society where every teen is tested and determined if they are a danger to others. Sage Sask writing brings Alexia and the world around her to life and draws you into the struggles she is facing. This book kept me on the edge of my seat as Alexia tries to conceal her powers and as she is trying to find out more about who she is.
Payal Sinha
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Circle is a young adult novel with a basic theme of conflict of loyalties. A young girl has special powers and due to this, she is discovered by the Circle. Earlier she was only concerned with her survival, but now she learns many things such as friendship, loyalty, service to the people, and keeping others before self. The struggle is inherent and continuous as there is a conflict of loyalties. A well-written plot that was an exciting page-turner.
Reader Views
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Ciara (age 12) for Reader Views Kids (10/19)

When I finished reading “The Circle: Taken,” by Sage Sask, my mind was still racing over the events leading to the suspenseful ending. I honestly can say, I did not see it turning out that way.

Alexia who is an amazing main character, goes through so much in this story. I cheered for her and was on the edge of my seat hoping she was going to make it! I liked how the author used so many descriptive words and how the characters interacted so p
Tana 🌻 Cozyreadings
thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced e-copy

4.5 stars

Wow, this was such a surprise! At first I was hesitant, because I did not realize that this was a dystopian (Did not read the description well enough I think). This book was so good?? It kept me on the edge of my seat, the friendships and betrayals were amazing, and the things people did actually made sense. There were no unneeded romances, and the ending was very well done.

I highly recommend!
Charlotte Ikner
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
Very interesting it was slow at times but really picked up can't wait for the next one to see what happens with alexia
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good YA novel, plain and simple. I am not a target audience, but I can appreciate a good book when I see it and this is one. It has everything that a first book in the series needs. There is an intriguing main character in Alexia, who is special and different but you don't feel like she is perfect or invincible or "the chosen one". There is also a compeling plot that keeps you on your toes with surprises and not too far fetched twists. I was pleasantly surprised with the writing ...more
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Sage Sask is the pseudonym of USA Today, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author & Goodreads Best Fiction Finalist Sejal Badani.


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