Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Uprising by Lisa M. Stasse

Series: The Forsaken (bk. 2)
Genera: Dystopia Sci-fi
Subjects: survival, islands, resistance to government, fascism, love
Age/Grade Level: Teen
Length: 375 pgs.
HC/PB: Hardcover
List Price: $16.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review: This was a good sequel and addition to a cool dystopian series. I love the setting(s). The island especially. As I’ve said before in my review of The Forsaken, it’s kind of like Catching Fire, Lord of The Flies, The Maze Runner and Lost. But in this book,  it’s starts out in Australia, and goes on to Antarctica and then back to the wheel. The wheel, also know as Prison Island Alpha, is located somewhere in the south Pacific between Hawaii and Australia. It’s shaped like a jagged circle, and has different sectors, named after colors. It’s about 35 miles across. The blue sector is where the villagers were located. The gray sector is where machinery and building are located.
The narration is awesome. I love Alenna’s perspective. She reminds me of Tris from Divergent, or even Katniss. It’s 1st person, present tense which makes the story a lot more intense and exciting. I also like Liam. He’s does remind me of Four/Tobias, or maybe Alex from Delirium. He cares so much about Alenna that he almost stays behind when he’s asked to help rescue his father, but Alenna insists he goes. He’s a warrior with a good heart, even though he has trust issues when it comes to the drones/former drones.
Cass is a former drone, and now no longer drugged.  She seems very nice and smart, and similar to Gadya. Gadya is still on the wheel. She was my favorite side character in the first book, and I was waiting for her to make a come back. She’s so funny and sarcastic. Wish we could have a novella or story from her POV. We also get to meet a new group that aren’t drones or villagers, but call themselves travelers. The made me this of the Tree People in Defiance by C.J. Redwine. Also, David is on the wheel still, and Alenna and Liam think that he betrayed them. He lost their trust for something he did.
The only issues I had with this book was that it took me a week to read, but that was because I was so busy. But sometimes taking your time with a book is a good thing. Rushing through a story makes you miss thing. I wish there was more romance also. The ending was awesome. Alenna is very brave for what she did. They all made a lot of hard choices in hopes saving the kids frozen in the archives and taking the island back. Can’t wait to see how this turn out in book three.
I recommend this series to fan of The Hunger Games series, Lord of The Flies, The Maze Runner, Divergent, the Glitch series by Heather Anastasui, and Shatter Me, and TV shows like Lost.
Cover Art Review: Love this cover! The typography in amazing, and the color scheme. I love the image and the vector connected lines. 

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