During my time at Simon & Schuster Canada, I was given the opportunity to present a few titles at their sales conference. As much as speaking in front of a large group of people is intimidating, speaking about something you love makes all the difference. I have been checking Goodreads religiously for the release of the cover of debut author Lisa M. Stasse's THE FORSAKEN. I had the ultimate privilege of presenting this book and I must say, not only is this cover absolutely stunning, the plot is by far one of the most intriguing ones I have ever read:
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.This whole concept blows my mind. THE HUNGER GAMES meets LORD OF THE FLIES type deal, this book has addictive writing and such creativity! Though I only had the chance to read the beginning, I am positive that this book has the potential to be a major success for Stasse! Strike your interest?
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.