The Uprising (The Forsaken#2) by Lisa M. Stasse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Pages: 400 (Hardcover)
Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA—the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative.
In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals, a new Monk leading a more organized army of Drones, and the discovery of a previously unknown contingent, Alenna, Liam, and their allies might be in over their heads. One thing Alenna knows for sure: There will be a reckoning. And not everyone she loves will make it out alive.
First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Simon and Schuster for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
Oh, The Uprising is such a mess, it really is. Once I opened the novel, I was hurled into paragraph after paragraph of info-dumping about what happened in the first book. Not a good way to try to impress me, novel. The most important events in this book are very predictable, with only one detail, I knew exactly who was the monk, what would happen with Alenna and her gang, and the ending. Another depressing thing is the writing. I love stories in first person but in The Uprising, the writing is so odd and stiff that I think it would have been better if it were written in third person. I was kind of expecting The Uprising to be a let-down, but I didn’t think it would ever be worse than the first one.
The romance is unbelievable this time around. Alenna and Liam are always touching each other and talking only to each other. They’re together so much that I honestly think Liam wipes Alenna’s ass as well. It’s ridiculous that it’s funny. Yes, it’s funny to read about their romance because it’s unrealistic and stupid. Lisa M. Stasse tries very hard to make Alenna and Liam into likable, caring leaders but it’s obvious that these two only care about each other and no one else. Since all they do is talk to each other. Alenna as a character is boring and annoying, her need to be with Liam and fight for him made me laugh. She’s nothing special, I don’t understand why everyone loves her. Also, Liam is a blank canvas, nothing, nothing is even remotely interesting about him. Not even his, ‘piercing blue eyes’.
I like the cover, it’s so pretty! Yup, that’s about all I liked about this book.
Lisa M. Stasse has created such a boring series. No doubt, there are times that I thought this series could have been great, with action packed scenes and an adorable romance. But instead, everything is contrived and boring, too forceful to even try to enjoy. And the romance is *shudders* I can’t even. Don’t read this unless you’re willing to lose some brain cells. If I decide to read the third book, I’m sure as hell not doing that sober.