The Forsaken

The Forsaken Trilogy

The Forsaken

For Ages: 12 and up
Choose a tribe. Watch your back. And don’t stop running.

Filled with thrilling adventure and romance, The Forsaken is praised by 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.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442432666 | 
  • June 2013 | 
  • Grades 7 and up



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 Defiant
The Uprising

About the Author

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.