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Author: Lisa M. Stasse
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: S&S Books for Young Readers
A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.
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.
The cover looks rather old-fashioned, or at least something out of the 1980's. Like, science fiction book covers from the 80's. Maybe it's just me. Still, this sounds rather interesting. (Makes me wish I knew who to contact at S&S Canada about review copies.)