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Unforsaken (Banished #2)
by Sophie Littlefield
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 12 and up
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011
NO. PAGES: 288
GENRE{S}: Fantasy
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
SERIES: Banished
ISBN: 0385738544
READ & REVIEWED BY: Eden - StorySnoop


The Story
Unforsaken (Banished #2)—Book Review

In this companion book to Banished, sixteen-year-old Hailey has finally started a new life. She lives with her aunt Prairie, and pseudo-adopted little brother Chub. She goes to a regular high school and is just starting to fit in with regular friends for the first time in her life. They have no idea who she really is, or about the special powers that she and her kind possess. One day Hailey makes the fateful mistake of trying to contact her secret boyfriend Kaz. Suddenly, powerful people who have been waiting to get a lead on her whereabouts are a threat to her and her family all over again. Hailey and Kaz find themselves on a cross country journey with a surprising ally, racing against the clock to save the ones they love. They have to fight villains both dead and alive to protect themselves and the powers of the Banished from the powerful forces that want to exploit them.
The Scoop
Unforsaken (Banished #2)—Book Review
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Unforsaken is a companion book that continues the story of Banished, but it stands on its own too--the first book would be helpful background, but it's not necessary to have read it to enjoy the second. Sixteen-year-old Hailey starts the story trying to hang out with "normal" high school girls whose idea of a fun evening is partying with older guys. But when one of the girls is injured falling through a glass table after drinking too much, Hailey is unable to hide her true identity as a healer, who, if she misuses her powers, can turn people on the verge of death into zombies. The high schoolers are quickly left behind as Hailey's journey to save her family with boyfriend Kaz begins. Theirs is a supportive and slow-moving relationship. Hailey learns the value of family, and by the end of the story even feels compelled to use her powers to save her birth father from death, even though he has been nothing but despicable to her. The teen interaction in Unforsaken is pretty wholesome, with some heavy kissing, and language is almost non-existent (very limited use of a-s, b-tch). The particularly faint of heart may not appreciate the descriptions of the zombies' state-of-being, or of some of the characters who require Hailey's healing services, but for those who are okay with a bit of the gross-out, this will be a fast-paced and fun read.
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