The Forsaken (The Forsaken #1) by Lisa Stasse

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Book Description

Publication Date:July 10, 2012
Choose a tribe. Watch your back. And don’t stop running.
Filled with thrilling adventure and romance, The Forsaken is praised by EntertainmentWeekly.com as “a fast-paced novel [that] you’ll get sucked into. You just can’t seem to put [it] down.”
As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the US, 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 standing 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 a charismatic warrior named Liam concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.
Review –
This story is action packed,fast paced, and has characters that are well-developed and interact well. It put me in mind of THE HUNGER GAMES meets LORD OF THE FLIES only better.
There’s more to the wheel than meets the eye and when Alena and Liam discover the secret they  get more than they bargained for.
If you like the dystopian genre you should put this series on your “to be read” list.
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