Author: Lisa M. Stasse
Series: The Forsaken #2)
Published: August 6th 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Categories: Dystopia, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: Sometimes I read sequel with caution. I’m scared that it won’t fulfill my expectations especially if I love the first book. The Uprising is no exception. After all, I’m feeling a little bit of YA-Dystopia exhaustion these days after reading books and with them miserably failed to entertain me. So I dive in with wariness only to realize that I shouldn’t be, that there’s no reason for me to worry because this book rocked my boat pretty darn hard.
I liked how the first book ended with Alenna and Liam escaped and found temporarily refuge in Australia. But that was it, ‘momentarily’ because their fight isn’t over. What makes this more dangerous is that the two doesn’t know which ones to trust. A lot of factions are offering insights to them and most of them are believable but not all of them can be trusted. There are also people from the first book that made reappearance and Alenna thought she knows these people but she was wrong. And following her instinct isn’t enough to survive this maze of betrayals. Moreover, it looks like they need to return and free the place where they narrowly escaped the last time.
There are so many things that happened in this book. And I was also as confused as Alenna to the people surrounding her. And like Alenna, it would be also very difficult for me to hand them down my trust considering her previous experiences with these people and this gut instinct that they have hidden agenda with their moves . And oh man, I was right. Like I said earlier there are some reappearance from the characters from the first book but only one of them left a huge mark on me and that was David. In my review of The Forasken, I said that David was clever on his every step. My feelings as well as my trust fluctuated the whole time. It was swinging from trust to betrayal and back again. But in the end, he stood his ground and finally (hopefully) declared which side he’s really on. This guy has the wits as well the determination and dedication to meet his goal and with that I can say I kind of liked him. Too bad though with the ending he purposely chose for himself.
I’m really surprised that romance has had to take a back seat in order to highlight the brewing revolution. For a moment, Liam and Alenna separated ways because Liam has his own mission to do. I really liked when the two main leads particularly if they are a couple have their own task to do and not just relying and supporting the other. I mean, support is given but I want the story to showcase their individuality, to focus on their strengths and weaknesses so I can see their characters developed.
With that kind of ending I am expecting a solid conclusion and more definite answers. This book is two notches higher than the first and I’m greatly satisfied with the outcome. So holler me when the third book comes because I’m ready.
I received an eARC from Simon & Schuster Books via Edelweiss. Thank you.
Preview Quote: I think of Camus’s book again and his emphasis on the importance of fighting for freedom and passion. — Alenna (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)