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Title: The Uprising (The Forsaken #2)
Author: Lisa M. Stasse
Year Published: 2013
My Pre Reading of THE UPRISINGMy Review of THE FORSAKEN
Ashley's Review of THE FORSAKEN
Synopsis: 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.
Review: The Uprising continues the popular dystopian trend in YA. Like most second books in a dystopian trilogy, the stakes are higher. The protagonists have escaped the oppressions of The Wheel, but they are in deeper trouble. This trouble leads them back onto The Wheel, in hope of saving all their friends.
This book may sound like it is just the first book done again, but it is not. There are so many new things that come into play. Alenna and Liam know so much more than they did in the first book. And, The Wheel has changed. There's a new faction and the Monk makes a reappearance in an interesting way. Many characters from the first book reappear in different capacities. There are many new characters as well.
I liked that we got to see the Resistance more in depth. It is always interesting to see how adults react to these situations that we usually see children involved with in YA dystopias.
If you are a fan of The Maze Runner series, you should definitely check out this book. The Wheel has so many interesting obstacles that make for Alenna's adventures to be quite challenging. I give this book a 4/5.