Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Defiant by Lisa M. Stasse

Series: The Forsaken (bk. 3)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-Fi/Romance

Subjects: rebellions, resistance to government, war, fascism, survival, action, adventure

Setting: Various places in what was once the USA, now the UNA: Texas, Chicago, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa

POV/Tense: 1st person POV, present tense: Alenna

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 343 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover  

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Summary/ product description: “In this gripping conclusion to The Forsaken Trilogy, Alenna’s loyalties are put the ultimate test—and it’s one of life and death.
Alenna Shawcross and the others who escaped the wheel are working toward an all-out assault on the United Northern Alliance. The plan is to dismantle it from the inside—and Alenna is one of the few people who can access the organization’s inner sanctum. But when she returns to the home she has nearly forgotten, she encounters old friends and is swept into a secret plan that puts everything she loves in danger.

Knowing what is at stake for her and her friends, Alenna ventures into the heart of the treacherous UNA. She’s determined to bring them down, because freedom is the only choice. Or is it?”

My Review:  A wonderful exciting finale to an epic dystopia series, The Defiant takes us to places the series hasn’t been before, both literally and figuratively. Alenna, Liema and Gadya and other rebels travel to the UNA to lead the rebellion into overthrowing the government. It doesn’t go how they expect it. Alenna is taken to see David and he give her a task to infiltrate a work camp that Liam is at, but she is captured and put in a home at the Hellgrounds. Alenna must save Liam, and cause rebels to rise up and fight.

There’s a lot of adventure in this book. Even state and major city has New in front of it. She lands in New Dallas, New Texas and is sent to the Hellgrounds in New Iowa. She and her friends must travel to New Ohio and then New Chicago. Lot of stuff happens that moves this story along at a fast pace. Just so much, but I don’t want to spoil it. I was exciting and I hated having to put this book down when I had to do something else. I have to now how it would end.

This was more exciting than the previous books. I loved The Forsaken, and The Uprising was good, but took me about a week to finish. In less than four days I was able to complete this and I hate that it’s over. It’s a great conclusion, but in some parts I felt like there’s no way this could be the final book. So many changes and big things happened, I felt like this could have been 2 books. This is the definition of finale. Like a firework show, the finale is when they blast a lot of fireworks off at the same time. There’s were twists every few chapter. Miy mind was blown with that ending.
Alenna is a great narrator. I still don’t know what she looked like, but is doesn’t matter. She should be up there with Tris Prior and Katniss Everdeen, in the land of badass heroines. She killed a lot of people in this book. She really cared strongly about her friends. She regretted her decisions, even when it was the right thing to do. She did her best and she succeeded most of the time. With her friends, she was able to overcome so many changes in this book. Liam wasn’t just a love interest, he was her rock, and Gadya was her best friend. I miss reading about these character.

If you have not read The Forsaken, it’s like Catching Fire because it’s about surviving on a prison island. This final book felt like the Divergent series, partly because part of it was in Chicago. This dystopian series is about a corrupt government. It’s also about survival. It’s not post-apocalyptic, but it feels like it sometimes. There’s a lot of advanced technology, genetically modified mutants, and brain washing drugs. It’s pure dystopian, which may not seem unique. The author wrote the Forsaken before the Hunger Games was a thing, though it came out later. I’m surprised this series isn’t more popular. Spread the word. This is one dystopian series every Hunger Games and Divergent fan should read.

Cover Art Review:  I love this cover. It’s neon green in person. Really bright and attractive. The wire frame faces are cool and there’re 2 on this cover. The double exposure photos are almost ghostly. The dome, watchtower and the insect like machine add to the sci-fi feel. The title really stands out in bright yellow. Everything fits together in this cyber-punk style that almost feels like a Cold-War era art piece.

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