The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
Published: March 18, 2014
Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.
If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.
Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.
She doesn’t plan on making friends.
She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.
~Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a chance to review this book. In no way did this sway my opinion.~
A tale with Hunger Game elements with a more sinister aspect and I loved every second of it, THE WICKED WE HAVE DONE is a book to look out for. The romantic aspect of the story was so perfectly tied in with the hard-core survival that the whole book seemed like a dance. And dance where you watch people die and see people survive and watch people fall in love and face their worst sins. It was beautiful. And epic. And you really, really need to read this book.
“Every criminal put in the Compass Room confronts their guilt. Then they have a choice of being a villain or a coward or a hero.Two of those choices are irredeemable.”
The characters are beyond amazing with the whole setting and situation was, well, epic. Okay, so the story follows one girl who supposedly murdered her best friend, some random guy and her best friend’s boyfriend. She chose the option in court where she goes into this arena of sorts and her every emotion is monitored. Her own emotions and how she reacts to her crime determine whether she lives or dies. When she goes into the arena there are more people who chose this option because of their heinous crimes. The good ones committed their crimes to save the ones they loved. The bad ones are irreversible and die quickly. Well, most of them do.
I don’t have much to say because I love it all. The book felt alive and real. It seemed like a future that could happen and it was a story that I will remember and now has a permanent place on my favorite’s shelf.
“Casey and I . . . we’re passionate enough to kill for someone we love. I’m sure many would say they’d do the same. They’re liars.”
How do you feel when books sort of tie into / relate to other books, like THE WICKED WE HAVE DONE did with THE HUNGER GAMES? Is it a good or bad thing? Or does it not really matter because everything has been done before?