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Early Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

The Wicked We Have DoneTitle: The Wicked We Have Done

Author: Sarah Harian

GenreNA Dystopian

Series: Chaos Theory (Book #1)

Publication Date: March 18, 2014

Format: eBook, 272 Pages

ISBN-13: 978-1472218100 (InterMix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: This was a very intriguing read full of suspense, action, and a smidgen of romance. I would highly recommend it to those looking for a more adult version of the Hunger Games!

Opening Sentence: Four minutes before the beginning of my sentence, Mom breaks down.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Evalyn Ibarra had a very normal — happy life and then one moment changed everything. She committed a horrible crime and now she will have to pay the price of her actions. It’s either face death row or take her chances in the Compass Room.

The Compass Room is an experimental prison that the government has designed for convicted prisoners. Upon entering, every convict will be tested on their morality and their punishment will be given depending on their choices. The survival rate of the Compass Room is only about 20% so the chances of coming out alive are slim, and there are no guarantees. It tests whether or not you are fit to enter back into society and if you survive a month you are free to go.

To survive Evalyn will have to relive that awful day that changed her life, and she honestly doesn’t believe she is going to make it out alive. She goes into the Compass Room with 9 other convicts and they all have committed horrible crimes. The last thing Evalyn planned on was making friends and allies that may help her to survive. In this new and terrifying world everything is tested and no one makes it out unchanged!

I liked Evalyn just fine but to be honest I didn’t really feel a good connection with her. I thought she was a slightly dull character and while I didn’t hate her, I didn’t really love her either. She seemed like a genuinely good person so it was interesting to see why she ended up in her situation. The story was all told from her point of view but you would alter between present day and before she committed her crime. I wish I would have connected with her more, but overall, I thought that she was a strong character.

The Wicked We Have Done was a very unique story full of suspense and action. There is a little bit of romance as well, but it is a very small part of the book. When I read the synopsis of this book, I was very intrigued and had some high expectations for this book. It wasn’t perfect, but overall it ended up being a really great story. It kept me interested the whole way through and it was pretty intense as well. There were a few parts that were a little gruesome and some sexual content, but nothing too bad. The only thing I didn’t really like about the book was the characters. There wasn’t really one that I connected with so that made it hard to really love the story. There were also a few times that I got a little confused by what was going on, but it never lasted for very long. Overall, I thought that this was a very good book and I am interested to see what happens in the next installment. I would recommend this to dystopian fans that are looking for a more adult version of the Hunger Games.

Notable Scene:

His lip twitches. “You talk like you aren’t the most dangerous one of us.”

I tighten the straps of my pack. “If I’m so dangerous, why the hell are you persuading me to stick around?”

He’s calculating, still as stone.

I cock my head. “Planning on being vindictive, are we? Keeping me around so you can punish me yourself? Heard you’re good at that.”

Before I can shut my mouth, he has me up against the wall, arm to my throat, the air knocked from me out of sheer surprise.

“Don’t think I fucking won’t,” he growls.

I wonder if they’ll let us kill each other in here. People get killed in jail, right? This wouldn’t be different. “All talk and no game,” I spit. “Maybe you should stop being such a pussy and do it already.”

“Do what?”

“Kill me.”

Chaos Theory Series:

1. The Wicked We Have Done

2. A Vault of Sins (September 16, 2014) 


FTC Advisory: InterMix/Penguin provided me with a copy of The Wicked We Have Done. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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