Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: The Uprising by Lisa M.Strasse

The Uprising (The Forsaken, #2) by Lisa M.Strasse
Publisher: Orchard
Publication date: November 7th, 2013
Number of pages: 429 pgs
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Amazon | Kindle | The Book Depository

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

Sometimes you find sequels to books that don't live up to the former installment, so it's always a little hesitant feeling and hoping for the best. For this one in particular, there was no need to worry because it was just as great, if not better than the first book.
It was full of interesting plots, twists and turns. Not to mention character and relationship development, which may or may not have been felt in the prior.

The Forsaken left on quite the ending with them landing in a 'safe' base in Australia -- I always love when books are set or get mentioned where I live, gives me a warm feeling inside because I think.. Oh, this could be me... kind of thing.
We also discovered that Alena's mother was alive and there was so much that she didn't even know about this whole conspiracy mission they embarked upon.

During the course of this book, Alena and Liam find not knowing who they can trust, only one another if they want to fight, because while they are told they are safe and that there is something that will happen, it doesn't happen soon enough for the two of them.  They left behind people who shouldn't be there and all they want to do is safe the people they care about and defeating the UNA, bu what they don't know is that when that does happen, they are in the surprise of their life.

There are reappearances from people they knew from The Forsaken, from the Wheel. And not all of them good.
I think the one person that surprised me was David. In the Forsaken, nobody knew whether he was good or bad, whether he can be trusted, but when he makes a surprise comeback, all the answers to these questions are finally revealed and you'll see what his motives are once and for all. Was he telling the truth all along, or was he fooling them, and still is, now?

The relationship between Alena and Liam I felt became more in depth. I understand that many people didn't like how they fell in love and how it felt very Insta-love, but during this book, I felt you could understand them a bit more so than we might not have before.
While they are together, they also have different missions of their own personal growth they go on. Liam has his own journey that takes him back to the Wheel where he sees someone from his past he never thought he would see again.

The ending I felt really set up the last book in this trilogy, and I can't wait to see how everything all pans out, how everything wraps up and the UNA gets taken down.

This was a great sequel, and I'm glad it didn't have second book syndrome that sometimes you can get with sequels.

Rating: 4.5/5

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