The Forsaken

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
Lisa M. Stasse
Simon and Schuster
Release Date:

Rating (0 - 10 scale)

Age Level
young adult

Flamingnet Content Rating
Content Rating

Please buy your books through our site. Flamingnet is an Associate member of This means that we receive a credit at for every book purchased through Flamingnet. We use these credits for our expenses and to buy books for libraries that do not have money to purchase books for their collections.

Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  ASny1011
The United States of American has fallen. It's now The United Northern Alliance: an alliance between America, Canada, and Mexico. The government has decided that at the age of sixteen you must take a personality profile test to determine if you are a threat to society. If you fail, you will be sent to The Wheel, the harshest prison set up by the government. You have been be forsaken. Orphan Alenna Shawcross goes in to take her personality profile test expecting to pass. The next thing she knows she's waking up on The Wheel frantically trying to figure out what's going on. She meets a girl named Gadya, who takes Alenna to her tribe, where she meets Liam, a boy trying to find a way to escape the Wheel. Soon, Alenna finds out that this all may have started with her parents, and she is determined to find out what secrets the Wheel is hiding about them. As Alenna and her fellow tribe members try to plan an escape, she begins to learn that not all of the teens are forsaken and that there's something sinister running below the surface.

I was a little disappointed with The Forsaken. I had this book on my to-read-list for at least three months before it came out, so I was anticipating great things. The main thing that disappointed me was the detachment I felt from most of the characters. I didn't feel that connection with any of the characters in the beginning. It did change toward the end. Another disappointment was how slow the book starts. If fact, I did not feel hooked until page 170. That's when you learn more critical things, and it started to live up to my expectations. Then I got to page 251, and I COULD NOT STOP READING. I was sucked in to the story and at page 298, I was sold. By then, I started to connect with the characters. Lisa Stasse really put the emotion into the ending, and I hope that and the development of the characters will continue in the second book. I loved the setting of this book. To me, it felt like Lost's jungle with a Hunger Games fight-for-survival feeling. I also felt that Lisa Stasse did a superb job of giving just enough detail to make it seem like you were there, but not too much. Overall I liked it, and I loved the ending. I, for one, will be looking for Lisa Stasses' next book, The Uprising, which is due to come out summer 2013.

Warnings: Throughout the whole book theres a lot of violence,so I would definitely recommend it only for older teens.. It's quite graphic and bloody at times. There's no sex scenes, although there are some comments about it (they're not graphic), a few mild kissing scenes, but overall I was very happy with how little there was in that area. There was also some language in this book, but not as much as I would expect for a teen novel.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Sharpsville, Indiana USA


Start a book club!

BOOK REVIEW SERVICES For Authors, Publishers, and Others

Learn More
  • The 2008 YALSA/Sagebrush Corporation Award Recipient
  • SoMIRAC Media Award
Learn More

We are very proud and honored that our sister site,, has been recognized by the American Association of School Librarians as a Best Website for Teaching and Learning.