The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
The blurb: Once a sinner, always a sinner…
Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra had taken the normality of her life for granted, until the moment everything changed. Now, convicted of a horrifying crime, she will be one of the first to experience a new kind of punishment.
In the darkness of the Compass Room – an experimental prison – the morality of convicts will be tested, and they will be punished according to their performance. In order to stay alive, Evalyn must relive the events of the fateful day that has brought her here.
Consumed by her own struggle, she never expects to make friends amongst her fellow inmates, let alone fall in love. But in this new and terrifying world, such allegiances are dangerous – because no one will escape unharmed.
My review: There is so much good in this book. Not only could I not put this book down but it completely haunted me for weeks after I finished it.
If you loved The Hunger Games you’ll love this book. It deftly takes the complex moral question of the inherent guilt of convicts, especially when a crime may have been committed under duress, and looks at the way people react when confronted with their crimes. Set in the scenario of ‘Compass Rooms’ which felt a lot like the arenas of the Hunger Games, the convicted felons are assaulted by different tasks and reminders of the crimes they have committed. Their reactions are tracked on microchips and readings taken on their emotions during different times.
I’m not doing a very good job of explaining this as it sounds way more high-tech in the book! But it’s a really fascinating concept. How far would you go if you were pushed to the extreme? And what makes a criminal? Their actions, their conditioning? There is so much that is interesting in this book that the relationships and romance is a lovely addition to an already brilliant book.
9 out of 10 stars! *********