Forsaken is an amazing beginning to an action-packed urban series.
It begins in an urban ‘men rule all’ city where metal is scarce and valuable. Riley is on a job to trap a demon in a college library and everyone crowds around her while she does her job, like seeing a demon around is completely normal. It gives a reader such a different world to view and read about where seeing demons steal shiny things and demons in dirty alleys are usual everyday happenings.
Things get interesting as Riley learns more about the demons and how to trap them using magic filled spheres despite the Trappers’ Guild’s protest against her recruitment into the job, Riley fights her way in trying to prove that a girl can trap a demon as much as a guy can. As life goes on for Riley, she often mentions how she misses her Mac laptop and other technology which is common for us and not so much for them anymore since the demons started running around stealing shiny stuff and eating people. Imagine living like that.
As the story continues it never ceases to be action filled and exciting. Especially for our heroine who is tough, smart, and shows she really can take care of herself (most of the time).
As her world crashes around her, she shows the reader how hard life can be in her world as she fends for herself against the normal high school bullies and trying to find a way to pay her rent and her dead mothers hospital bills.
To state the obvious, Jana Oliver has one of the best writing a reader would find in the Young Adult Genre. Oliver has in her hands “The Next Big Thing”. Though the book wasn’t so romantically focused Oliver manages to make up for it by writing such a captivating unique book with action filled scenes and so much more.