Goodreads: 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.
I really didn't like the characters. They seemed like cardboard cutouts and they are insanely inconsistent. At first Alenna is all ohhh noooo I simply won't fall in love with love-interest-whose-name-I've-forgotten. Especially because special snowflake bff keeps calling me a slut and I don't want to prove her right! Because nothing says true friendship like slut shaming. But hot guy is just soooo hot I can't stop myself! But there's just so much DRAMA because we're star crossed lovers! We just can't be together because my bff is in love with you! That's definitely more important than the fact there are crazy cannibals and body snatching machines on a deserted island trying to kill me!
I may have gotten really annoyed by the characters, which is a shame as I probably would have liked the book otherwise. The premise is interesting, it's loaded with action and crazy situations, and while the mysteries for the most part weren't too difficult to figure out, there is one in particular I TOTALLY didn't see coming!
I don't regret reading it and if I see the next book lying around, I'd read it. But if this hadn't been free on pulseit I probably wouldn't have read it. For one, I like to have some emotional response when a character dies.