Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: The Uprising by Lisa M Stasse


The Uprising by Lisa M Stasse
Series: The Forsaken, #2
Published: August 6th, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
392 pages (ARC)
Genre: Young adult dystopian
Acquired this book: From Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review
Warning: Will contain spoilers if you haven’t read The Forsaken
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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.

The Uprising picks up shortly after where The Forsaken leaves off. Alenna and Liam are safe for the time being in Australia, away from the wheel, and living among UNA rebels and former Prison Island Alpha villagers and drones. Their friends are still in danger back on the wheel, and the couple are determined to get back to save them, along with the other inhabitants of the island.

As with The Forsaken, there was plenty of action in The Uprising. If anything, with the stakes being higher, it was even more exciting than the first book. There was a real sense of urgency and danger, and the action scenes had me turning the pages as fast as I could to find out what would happen. Unfortunately, a lot of the parts in between were slow and I found myself skimming quite a bit, but the action really was great.

One thing I really liked about this second installment in the trilogy was that Alenna came into her own more. In The Forsaken, she didn’t grow or develop much, and at the beginning of The Uprising, I thought it was going to be more of the same, so I was pleasantly surprised. At first, she hated being away from Liam and she was always thinking about him and needing to be near him, but then she realized she could not only function on her own, she could also be strong and thrive on her own. Since I found the romance rather lackluster in the first book, it was nice to see Alenna growing on her own, and her relationship with Liam developing into something a bit more believable. They complimented each other and were good to and for each other. 

As with the first book, I loved all the twists, turns, and surprises in The Uprising. It was still impossible to know who to trust, and it was interesting to have those moments of doubting yourself and wondering if friends were really enemies or vice versa. I enjoy being kept on my toes in books like this, and Stasse did a really good job.

By the end of the book I found myself getting really invested and wanting to know what would happen and how things will be resolved. I can’t imagine how things will end up, but I like that. The ending wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger, but it was enough to make me eager for the next book. There are still a lot of loose ends to tie up, and I’m sure there will be a lot more action and twists along the way. If you enjoy dystopian, I’d definitely recommend giving the Forsaken trilogy a try!

Favourite Quote:
“It’s time that I stood on my own. The wheel has taught me that I’m stronger than I ever thought. But I’ve relied on others to help keep me alive too many times already…I want to step up and be a leader when the occasion calls for it. In all senses of the word, I want to live.”
~Taken from page 336 of the ARC of The Uprising by Lisa M Stasse
 
Have you read The Forsaken or The Uprising? What did you think? Do you like dystopian novels? What are some of your favourites?

4 comments:

  1. This book series sounds good. Thank you for writing such good articles regarding these books!

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  2. Well, I'm glad to hear this one has a little more character development. Sounds like a fun series!

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  3. So you're the one that likes cliffhangers. hehehe

    I'm glad you like the series. I know what you mean about wanting to know how things turn out. :-)

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  4. I recently read The Forsaken and I really liked it except for the romance part (it was quite ridiculous, talk about insta-love). I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the second one, I'll probably be reading it soon. Great review! ~Pam

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