Book Review: The Uprising (The Forsaken#2) by Lisa M. Stasse

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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)

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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.

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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.

1 Lonely Cloud
1 Lonely Cloud

The Forsaken By Lisa M. Stasse

Simon & Schuster Publishing For Young Adults

 Publication Date: July 10, 2012

Pages: 375 (hard cover)

Genre: Young Adult

 2.5/5-This book was such a let down. Alenna is too annoying for me to put up with.

(Summary from Goodreads)

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.

(My Opinion)

The Forsaken is told from the perspective of Alenna Shawcross. The idea for this story isn’t original, it has been done multiple times before by other books/movies. Almost all of the characters were boring and I didn’t feel sorry for them when I should have. Lisa M. Stasse’s writing was very odd. To me, it felt like she wanted this story to be in third person but instead wrote it in first which made it choppy and annoying.Alenna Shawcross is a very typical character. Nothing about her stood out to me which didn’t help the book.

Alenna plays the guitar, she doesn’t fit in anywhere, nobody noticed her before she was on the wheel. I didn’t feel connected to her at all. It wasn’t until things started to speed up and romance started to blossom that I started to dislike Alenna a lot. She had never kissed a boy before the wheel or had a boyfriend, so, how does she know she’s in love after only a month of being on the wheel? That really agitated me. It agitated me because the relationship is very new yet she’s sure of her feelings after a month. Not realistic at all.

The Forsaken reminds me of so many other medias that I enjoyed a lot more than this like: The lord of the flies, V for Vendetta, Divergent, and Blade just to name a few. There was barely anything original about it. In the first chapter we learn a lot about Alenna and her life as well as other things. There was too much explanation in the first chapter which made me lose interest a bit. I didn’t know what exactly was going to happen in the end, but it was easy to predict a very typical ending that did not leave very much interest for me to want to read the next book in this series.

There was very little that I actually enjoyed about this book and one of the things I liked were the drones. I liked the drones because they were reckless, fearless, and very stupid. They destroyed everything they touched yet didn’t care in the slightest. The cover art is beautifully done as well and that really drew me in. I love how it goes well with the idea of the government controlling everyone and everything.There are a lot of dystopian books out there but this one would not be anywhere near the top of my list. Fans of The Hunger Games may like this but may also dislike this book like I did. I wouldn’t recommend this unless you want to read a remake of The Hunger Games and Lord Of The Flies.

The Forsaken By Lisa M. Stasse

The Forsaken By Lisa M. Stasse

Simon & Schuster Publishing for young readers

Publication Date: July 10, 2012

Pages: 375 (hard cover)

Genre: Young Adult and Dystopian

Goodreads 

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.

(My Opinion)
The Forsaken is told from the perspective of Alenna Shawcross. The idea for this story isn’t original, it has been done multiple times before by other books/movies. Almost all of the characters were boring and I didn’t feel sorry for them when I should have. Lisa M. Stasse’s writing was very odd. To me, it felt like she wanted this story to be in third person but instead wrote it in first which made it choppy and annoying.Alenna Shawcross is a very typical character. Nothing about her stood out to me which didn’t help the book.

Alenna plays the guitar, she doesn’t fit in anywhere, nobody noticed her before she was on the wheel. I didn’t feel connected to her at all. It wasn’t until things started to speed up and romance started to blossom that I started to dislike Alenna a lot. She had never kissed a boy before the wheel or had a boyfriend, so, how does she know she’s in love after only a month of being on the wheel? That really agitated me. It agitated me because the relationship is very new yet she’s sure of her feelings after a month. Not realistic at all.

The Forsaken reminds me of so many other medias that I enjoyed a lot more than this like: The lord of the flies, V for Vendetta, Divergent, and Blade just to name a few. There was barely anything original about it. In the first chapter we learn a lot about Alenna and her life as well as other things. There was too much explanation in the first chapter which made me lose interest a bit. I didn’t know what exactly was going to happen in the end, but it was easy to predict a very typical ending that did not leave very much interest for me to want to read the next book in this series.

There was very little that I actually enjoyed about this book and one of the things I liked were the drones. I liked the drones because they were reckless, fearless, and very stupid. They destroyed everything they touched yet didn’t care in the slightest. The cover art is beautifully done as well and that really drew me in. I love how it goes well with the idea of the government controlling everyone and everything.There are a lot of dystopian books out there but this one would not be anywhere near the top of my list. Fans of The Hunger Games may like this but may also dislike this book like I did. I wouldn’t recommend this unless you want to read a remake of The Hunger Games and Lord Of The Flies.
  2.5 Dreamy Clouds

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#4

My favourite quotes from the books I’ve read in the past week.

 The Forsaken By Lisa M. Stasse

Favourite Quote:

“Those two don’t like anyone except each other. Canadians are weird.”

 Team Human By Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Favourite Quote:

“I don’t think he likes girls,” I said. “Or boys. Look at the horror on his face. He doesn’t look like a people person.”