Publisher: Orchard Books (7 Nov 2013)
In this dystopian sequel to The Forsaken, Alenna has survived the brutality of life on the wheel—and now she’s going back for more.
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.
We begin where we last saw Alenna and Liam, living in Destiny Station with the rebel scientists.
She’s still being interviewed each day. The scene in the room with the six scientists explains a great deal of the background to the ‘wheel’ so new readers will be able to follow. (Highly recommend you read The Forsaken though!)
Alenna and Liam go out on top. The action begins … and doesn’t stop until we come to the last page.
The first of the journeys that have to be made to reach the wheel is fraught and full of anxieties. Here alliances are made, introducing us to new characters who are pivotal to the story. Leaving Southern Arc is peaceful but still fraught with tensions for Alenna as she doesn’t know how Liam is faring with his task.
When they reach the wheel it is not what they were expecting at all! I was very disappointed with one character at this point … and tried to work out who the new Monk was (but failed dismally).
Escaping, they come across a group they didn’t know existed. I loved the way the travellers lived within the boundaries of the environment, adapting life to fit in with nature.
There are more obstacles in the way as they try to complete their task and a sacrifice that turned my suspicions upside down!
The growth we saw in The Forsaken of Alenna’s character follows through. She is strong and a leader.
Liam and Alenna are still very close. The romance comes more from how willing they are to support each other and will do anything to stay together.
This world that Stasse has created is totally believable. From the transport used to life on the wheel, I felt myself there alongside our characters. The political zeal from the Monk and collaboration of teams is something you would expect from this dystopian world.
This has been a quest that has entered my dreams and when not reading, my thoughts have returned to The Uprising again and again. Living in this world feels as natural as breathing.
The Forsaken was a keeper for me (you can read my review here) and this second story in the series holds the same place on my bookshelf.
I would like to thank the publishers for providing a paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.