Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: The Uprising by Lisa Stasse

The Uprising (The Forsaken, #2)
The Uprising (The Forsaken #2) by Lisa M. Stasse
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.
Publishes in US: August 6th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA dystopia
Source: bought
The Forsaken (The Forsaken, #1)
Series? The Forsaken #2
The Defiant (The Forsaken #3)
Expected publication: July 8th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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    I wanted to read The Uprising because I enjoyed The Forsaken. I don't remember much over a year out besides I liked the strength of Alenna and related to her finally finding a place after feeling like she didn't fit in in the "regular" world. 
    Aleena is so tough and her and Liam have become legends since escaping from the wheel and coming back to the rebel camp. But things aren't easy there, they have been questioned about who they knew, and aspects about life there. 
    The romance in this one was good though it wasn't everything I hoped it would be. It was like they made their connection already and it was just assumed they were close. I was just wanting a little more heat. There was some now that I think about it, at goodbyes and moments of great suspense. Some good kisses and some very sweet declarations of how they feel. I guess it comes down to I wish they were together every second and that they didn't have to go through as many hardships. But then, that is what makes the plot so exciting and on my toes. 
     There were lots of surprises in this one. From continued answers to betrayals and places they end up to returning characters. There were also some new characters that I came to like and respect that I didn't expect. 
     The ending wrapped up the themes of this book well, but I was still longing to know what would happen next and what would become of Aleena and Liam and their friends and family. 

Bottom Line: Must read for Forsaken fans.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Could you go back into a violent unstable place if you thought there was the possibility of revolution against corrupt government at the risk of not only your life but your loved ones?
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  1. I STILL haven't read the Forsaken yet. :'( I know, I'm so bad but I really want to. That question you have at the end has gotten me really really curious. I don't think I could answer it but I definitely want to understand why you're asking it. Hopefully I can get to The Forsaken before the series ends!

    1. I basically described the wheel, the place they were sent, and now they are considering going back

  2. I haven't read the first book yet! Those COVERS are amazing

  3. I haven't gotten to Forsaken yet but it is one I've had my eye on for a while. Great review, glad you enjoyed!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  4. I'm a pacifist so violence is the last resort for me.

    I do love the cover arts for this series. I probably won't be reading this but I'll keep in mind that it's a satisfying read. I'll recommend it to my kid.

  5. I missed this dystopian, but I love the covers hmm, I will mark these for future reference

  6. I like the way this sounds, I will have to check out the others in the series. Great review.

  7. I've been very curious about this series, but haven't checked them out. I think I may have to :) Even though the romance wasn't were you wanted it to be at least you still enjoyed it. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  8. I'm not familiar with this series but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  9. humm not familiar with this one either. Sorry the romance slowed down for you :( I don't think I would be able to go back to a violent unstable place.

  10. I haven't read Forsaken though I remember hearing a little about it. They sure have unique covers!

  11. Ha, I totally get your this and that feelings about the romance. I always want more, but then again I don't want it to overtake the plot. I'm glad that overall you enjoyed this book though:) I hope you'll love the next one!

  12. I don't remember Forsaken, I need to look it up. Glad it ended well for you overall!

  13. I still need to read Forsaken, but glad that this one seemed like it overall was a good book. Hopefully the next will rock too!

  14. Great review!

    Definitely am loving the covers for this series. So pretty. I haven't read the first book, but the series does sound really good! And for you question.. AH! that one is hard.. I have no idea!! :D

  15. This series is new to me, but definitely sounds like my kind of books!

  16. It's a shame the romance aspect wasn't a bit stronger, but still I'm glad you enjoyed this overall and are looking forward to the next book!

  17. I really enjoyed Forsaken. I thought it was surprising and fresh. However I haven't read the sequel. Glad it worked for you for the most part.

    I am just too tired to answer your question, but I don't think I'm very brave so I can't see me being very revolutionary. However, if they took my children from me, I'd fight like hell to get them back. So there ya go.

  18. I'm glad this was a worthy addition to the series, Brandi. :)

  19. I'm really curious about this one. I've read the first one and I enjoyed it but I had some issues. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  20. I haven't heard of this series before but I am intrigued that's for sure. Sounds like a lot went down in this book. Too bad there wasn't as much heat as you were hoping *wink* Great review Brandi!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  21. I don't think I'd want to go back and risk my family. :(

    I haven't read any of the books from this series, but it's nice to see you've enjoyed this so much. Wonderful review, Brandi! :)

  22. I confess I'm not so sure about this...

  23. I haven't read the first book but you have intrigued me!

  24. I haven't read the first book either but the series does sound interesting. The romance wouldn't wow me either, I prefer to watch it develop.

  25. This is a series I've really wanted to read ever since book 1 came one. I like that the sequel sounds like a solid follow-up with good plot progression, answers, and new surprises. Great review! :)


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