The Forsaken

The Forsaken

The Forsaken Trilogy

For Ages: 12 and up
A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.

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.
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.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442432659 | 
  • July 2012 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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THE FORSAKEN TRAILER

What if you were sent away for a crime that you not only didn't commit, but one that hasn't even happened yet? You become one of The Forsaken. This is the first book in a new dystopian trilogy from author Lisa Stasse.

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THE UNITED NORTHERN ALLIANCE

SIX YEARS LATER

AS OUR BUS APPROACHES the Harka Museum of Re-education, I peer out the window at the soldiers standing out front in the sculpture gardens. The sculptures are just broken remnants, long ago smashed under combat boots. The flagpole flies our nation’s flag, an eye hovering over a globe branded with the letters UNA, the abbreviation used by everyone for the United Northern Alliance.

The driver parks on a circular driveway in front of the museum’s entrance, and I look up. Marble columns sweep fifty feet toward a pediment that still bears old scars from rebel... see more

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Lisa M. Stasse
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Lisa M. Stasse

Lisa M. Stasse is a digital librarian at UCLA. She is the author of the Forsaken trilogy: The Forsaken, The Uprising, and The Defiant.

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