Friday, 16 November 2012

Coverday Friday! (16) Review+Giveaway


Sorry this is so late all! I accidentally left it as a draft and didn't publish the post :/  Yes, I am a smart one... at times.

  At the Other End:

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.

Finding the Time:

Lisa M. StasseAuthor Bio:

Lisa M. Stasse was born in New York, and has since lived in Spain, Russia, Hawaii, and North Carolina. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Government and English lit, and is currently a digital librarian at UCLA.  Lisa loves watching science fiction movies, cooking Spanish food, and dancing around her house to 80′s music.  She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and their two-year-old daughter.  All three of them are learning how to surf.

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The Forsaken (The Forsaken #1)
By Lisa M. Stasse


Why Hello There:
I love the digital look of the face as well as all the colours that you realize once you read the novel that they are part of the different regions on the wheel.

This cover is very unique with the satelite and the digital look (as said) as well as the font is pretty cool as well. When you have this cover in your hand and you run your fingers over the digital make-up it's indented, so it feels awesome :)

Also, when you turn over the colours are inverted. The dust jacket is awesome!

First Impressions Last:

A gripping novel that leaves you wanting more and questioning life. Emotions running on a high and the world as we know it slips away. Is all what it really seems to be in Alena's world?

Behind the 375 Pages:


We get straight into the story, beginning to learn about Alena's life as well as this new world that we are brought into. It may seem like it now, but there are some things brought up here that come back to haunt us at the end of the novel. This leaves us shocked and desperately wanting the next book,  The Uprising, to continue on with Alena's journey.

As all first novels in a dystopian series go, this brings forth the new world and creates our setting. Although many dystopian series are the same in the way that rebellion becomes the main focus in the following novels, we can see this from the end of The Forsaken, and ultimately the title of book 2, The Uprising. Oozes rebellion yes? It is this, the first in the series that is always unique and we connect more with the characters and their surroundings, and their world so that when we step into the second book we already know the characters we are faced with and get straight into all the action of rebellion.

The only real predictable thing in this novel is the relationship that develops between Alena and Liam. When she first sees him in the museum on the screen of the wheel, we instantly feel the connection between them two as well as what is going to happen between them. In the end of the novel, the truth comes out about these two and how they first got that "spark", we think awwww when we read it but are sad at the same time.

All the events that happen after Alena is taken on the Wheel, we understand the shock she must feel through her first actions, and these actions are understandable within the first hour or two, but then the way she acts during her first week as well as during most of her time is questionable. She has been taught of the Wheel all her life, yet from this, she should know that no one is going to come and save her, and that on the Wheel she is FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE and DO NOT TRUST ANYONE.

We don't really focus too much on the characters as much as the plot. The events that occur take our attention and continually pull us through the novel. The plot is the main event of this novel, there is so much plot building so we get to know the world that they live in and the events that occur, that there is little left to the characters. Between Alena and Liam and how her parents got taken at the start, is really the most character building we get to see in this novel. However, we can tell that during the end of the novel, we can see that the start of The Uprising will have more character building as we are introduced to new (and lost) characters.

Deeper into the novel, we continually get shocked with what we find out. The information gained about the UNA, as well as what they are doing, and what they plan, pulls us through the end of the novel even more. All of our questions that were raised throughout the book have been answered at this point sometime, yet more questions are raised as we finish the novel to carry us into book 2. It leaves us with questions as we finish this novel and wait in agony for the next in the series.

Things really are not all that they seem. All that we believe about this world and this land turn hazy as the truth unfolds and reality sets in. From here, there are emotions running wildly about until the very end.

Random Fact Alert! The Uprising, Book 2 of The Forsaken Trilogy is to be released in 2013. The cover has not yet been released.

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  1. Sandra ( November 2012 at 23:27

    thanks for this awesome giveaway :) I already have The Forsaken on my to-read-list on goodreads :)

  2. Thank you! :D This is an awesome giveaway.

  3. this book looks pretty good....fingers crossed!

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  5. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and the intriguing review! Have a great day :)


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