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Posted December 5, 2012
Though I wish good luck to Aleena in future installments¿I won¿t
Though I wish good luck to Aleena in future installments…I won’t be followingWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I almost didn’t finish this one. I’ll admit that one of the main motivating factors in my completion was that I asked for the book…from the author herself…who is also a Librarian by day! I had to give this book a chance.
In the end it wasn’t my favorite read. But, 100 pages in I realized this way the type of book that I end up completely disagreeing with other bloggers on. Don’t believe me? Check out The Forsaken’s 3.69 rating on Goodreads. Even one of my favorite bloggers, Jess @Gone with the Words, was a fan. I have trouble with books like this. I’d place The Forsaken in a category with I Am Number Four and Tempest. Two books a lot of readers loved! Well, I too loved Charlie the adorable puppy side-kick in I Am #4 but still…it’s star rating remains low.
I’m just going to come out and say it. I didn’t think the book was well written. It contained a lot of action and quick-moving plot points. But context was built through (sometimes) awkward dialogue and explicit statements rather than a more subtle ”showing” of emotion. Think “Brandon’s eyes shifted before locking on mine” vs. “Brandon lied to me.” We know that ‘shifty eyes’ indicate a, well, shifty character. As a reader I infer the untruth. Too much “telling” distracts me personally as a reader. It annoys me into DNF-ing more often than not.
My second issue with the book was Worldbuilding. I wanted more building to happen in the society of UNA before Aleena gets shipped off to the island. Maybe had I seen what Aleena had been expecting from the island experience – I wouldn’t have been so surprised to see how easily she adapted to island life. Because that threw me for a HUGE loop. I was expecting the dull quality of Lena in Pandemonium – The hysterical nature of a newly picked tribute. Heck, even Katniss was freaked out/shocked/stunned at times and girlfriend was prepared!
What hurts the most about reviewing this book was that there are sooo many good and fresh ideas to be found in this book!
1. I loved that Aleena was not a warrior woman. She was inexperienced and it showed. In a fight she reacted like I would have – with utter incompetence – brilliant to finally give us a dystopian character who doesn’t come to the novel with a surprise pack of special skills.
2. The love triangle. It was between two girls and a guy. Did you hear that? Finally, not just a testosterone fight for the princess. And get this: The girls are friends. Friends! I so wished the dynamics of this had been explored more. The emotional journey of the two girls would have been so very cool to see.
3. The premise is unique. The world of UNA seemed generic enough to start. Though, this could also be because there was no world building. But the twists and turns that follow were different. Areas like religion and war could have been explored further. It would have given the world the depth it was missing.
4. The ending…I won’t go into this as I don’t want to spoil anything for those who are planning to pick this one up. I just wish I could say I was more interested to see where this one goes.
Rating: 1/5 Though I wish good luck to Aleena in future installments…I won’t be following.