Published by SBSK Corp. on March 7, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
Source: eARC from Publisher
From USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon Charts Bestselling author and Goodreads Best Fiction Finalist Sejal Badani comes an exhilarating, Readers's Choice 2019 YA series.
Abandoned at eleven with no memory of her family, Alexia seeks her true identity. Under the new government's regime, sixteen year-olds are evaluated for their desire to harm others. Throughout the test, Alexia struggles to conceal her psychic ability to read the past and future of anyone she touches. When her secret is revealed, Alexia is taken to an island where other highly skilled agents and readers like her train to survive.
As Alexia gains more control over her abilities, she desperately tries to piece together her elusive past. In her quest for the truth, Alexia's loyalties are tested when forced to make an impossible choice between those she loves and the family she can't remember.
A spell-binding adventure of friendship, love, unforeseen twists and learning that our most dangerous enemies are often the people we trust the most. A captivating novel filled with forbidden romance and shocking betrayals that demands the question - Can One Decision Determine Your Destiny?
The Circle Taken is a young adult dystopian by Sage Sask. When I first started my blog almost 10 years ago, I was obsessed with dystopian stories. But then over the next couple of years (2011, 2012, 2013) I read so many that they all started to feel like the same story and the same evil government and I got dystopian burnout. I then took a very long break from reading dystopians, but lately I have been craving more good dystopian and I have had decent luck with finding stories that I have been enjoying and that are feeling fresh and unique again. That is what I was hoping when I picked up The Circle Taken, and I am happy to report that I really enjoyed this book.
In The Circle Taken, we meet our main character Alexia, who was abandoned by her family at a young age and she has no memories of her early childhood. Alexia has psychic powers. She is able to tell the past and the future by touching someone or something, but this is something that she has worked hard to conceal. The world in the circle is a world restructured because of the aftermath of a devastating world war. The new world is divided up into zones with very strict government oversight and control. The government tells you what you can do, what kind of job you can have, etc. During her aptitude test, her ability is found out, and she is sent to an island where other people with powers. Here the story really picks up pace. I loved the adventure that follows. I do still have some questions after having read this novel, and I am really hoping that we get a follow up book because I want some answers!
Alexia is a great main character. Her memory loss made her super interesting because she is more critical of everything happening around her. I appreciated that about her. If you are a fan of action adventure dystopian stories with extra powers and abilities thrown in, I think you will really enjoy The Circle Taken. It has great characters, a fast moving plot and an interesting world.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 Tackle My TBR Reading Challenge
- ARCtober 2020