BY: LISA M. STASSE
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.
WOW! This book has left me utterly SPEECHLESS!!! My mind is still racing with all the action and adventure in this book! It was truly ONE of the BEST Dystiopian books I have EVER read! And that's saying a lot because I have read so many great dystiopian books, but this one ranks up there near the top!
Where do I start to name the many ways why I love this book? It was an action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end! And NO, I'm not exaggerating one bit!! It truly was! From the minute Alenna arrives on the wheel to the very end of the book were caught up in so much action, that I literally had to take breaks because my heart was beating so fast I thought it was going to explode! It was such a much fun to read this book! I LOVED IT!! I'm so glad I waited as long as I did to read this, because now, the second book is right around the corner, and I don't have to wait long to jump back into Alenna and Liam's adventure. And I heard the next book is just as good as the first one, if not better!
The United Northern Alliance the UNA for short has taken control of the government by brainwashing the citizens to believe that their is a threat within them! That the same people that are in the population are the same people bringing their world down, and they need to be stopped!! So they come up with the idea to detect early behavior problems in kids at the age of 16. They are given a test to determine if they have rebellious tendencies or as the government calls it Subversive Tendencies. And if they fail the test they are considered a threat either now or in the future, and are exiled and sent to the wheel, a mysterious island where they'll live their remaining days waiting too die. The life expectancy on island Alpha (The Wheel) is only eighteen years of age. That's only two years to live on the wheel!
The Wheel is a treacherous place where kids battle each other for territory and anything else they can claim. Their cruel, dangerous, and will kill you in a heart beat without thinking about it! Its not a place to mess around. But not all the kids on the wheel are like that. Their are two different groups of kids on the wheel. The Monk's Tribe called the Drones and the other Tribe from the blue sector. The other tribe doesn't have a name, but the drones call them The Heathens. So you can pretty much say you have the good "normal" kids that are from the blue sector, then you have the drones, the bad kids that are insane, that run 4 of the 6 sectors. The drones are brainwashed by their leader the Monk who claims he has spiritual powers and tells his tribe that the wheel is just a test and if they do what he says they'll get off the Wheel one day or find their reward in their afterlife. And some kids believe him an do what he says. The other kids that don't go to the blue sector with the semi-sane kids. If they can make it there without the drones capturing them and forcing them to join their tribe.
Alenna is one of the kids that failed the Government Personality Profile Test, GPPT for short, and is sent to the wheel, to pretty much wait for death to take her. She wakes up on the wheel and doesn't remember what happened to her or where she is, until it all starts coming back and she realizes she is at the last place she thought she would end up, the wheel! She immediately puts up a wall and trust one, and she's right too because these kids are dangerous. She has a run-in with one of the drones trying to claim her as one of them, and take her back to their leader the Monk. She is luckily rescued by one of the good kids from the blue sector, and is brought back to their village, and that's when Aleena's adventure starts!
She starts to form friendships with some of the kids from the blue sector, and quickly learns the ropes of how the wheel works. They are at a constant battle with the drones, and have their village attacked constantly. Their numbers are dwindling by the day, and they don't have enough kids to go to battle with the drones. So theirs only one other option if they want to survive the wheel, Escape...
So from there on Aleena and her group are traveling from their sector to the gray sector where their is talk of helicopters and a way off the island. But theirs just one problem! They have to go through enemy territory to get to the gray sector, the only sector that holds any hope of escape! So as you can see they have a constant battle in front of them if their going to make it to the gray sector and find a way of the island, alive!
It was truly an adrenaline ride that was action-packed, that kept me glued to the pages craving more! I can't wait until I can get back into this sickening, yet captivating world that Lisa Stasse created! She say an amazing imagination and surly shows it in this book!
Overall this book was everything I could of hoped for an more! It was full of action, adventure, friendship, betrayals, romance, and most of all, a fight for what they believed in! It just can't get any better then that! This book will forever hold a special place in my heart and bookshelf, and will go down as one of my favorite books of ALL TIME!!!
5 Bone Hearts
Lisa M. Stasse was born in New York, and has since lived in Spain, Russia, Hawaii, and North Carolina. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Government and English lit, and is currently a digital librarian at UCLA. Lisa loves watching science fiction movies, cooking Spanish food, and dancing around her house to 80′s music. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and their two-year-old daughter. All three of them are learning how to surf. Say hi at lmstasse[at]yahoo[dot]com.