As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.
The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.
Sounds interesting huh? This wasn't on my radar until the author emailed me and I'm certainly glad she did! My review of The Forsaken is going live July 17th and my interview with Lisa should follow shortly thereafter. The book itself releases July 10th from Simon and Schuster.
Wanna know more? Lisa's webpage and blog are here, her twitter account here and I found this really cool interview over at That Cover Girl with Lisa talking about the cover's creation!
What do you say guys? Has this whetted your appetite? I admit the recent influx of dystopians (both enjoyable and not so enjoyable) has made me a bit wary...but if there's one thing I understand its about blending in. Let's look forward to it together!