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.
Let me just start by saying I loved the cover. The whole DNA/pickup sticks look really appealed to me. Another great point? The fact that within the first few pages you already know a good general background of what has happened so you aren’t in the dark but it wasn’t too much information at once either.
I thought this was not only a great read but a great start to a series. There are several key points in the story I did not expect and were complete surprises to me. I might have wished for a bit more romance but I was happy to trade off swoony time for the lack of love triangle for which I’m VERY grateful was missing. I cannot wait to see what happens next! (hopefully more kissing:P)
I know among my blogging buddies this one was split so I’m interested to know, what do you think??