[Review] The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 2 Comments 26th October, 2014

This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.
[Review] The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah HarianThe Wicked We Have Done Published by Penguin on March 18, 2014
Genres: Horror, New Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 272
Source: Amazon, Purchase
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.

I finished this book a few days before I started writing this review. Why have I waited to write the review? I actually don’t like writing bad reviews and I was trying to think if I could find anything redeeming in this book that would raise my original assessment from a two star rating to a three star. No, I wasn’t able to think of anything that might make me think The Wicked We Have Done is an okay book and makes want to read more stories in The Chaos Theory world. Others might disagree and for them this book was the best thing since sliced bread. For me, The Wicked We Have Done was overall slow paced with a few shocking moments and a bit spacy. At times I was like what in the heck am I reading.

The Wicked We Have Done is set in some distant future where the Government has developed a program that will revolutionize the way criminals are dealt with from now on. Evelyn is just one of many 18-30 that will be the first to try this new revolutionary program called Compass Rooms. Compass Rooms are supposed to determine which criminals are worth saving and rehabilitating; and which criminals are to just be executed. When Evelyn and her fellow criminals are dropped into the Compass Room the horror begins because what they don’t know is that each one will have to relive their crimes and the crimes of others over and over with deadly consequences for all.
Sounds good, right? That is what I thought as well. I read reviews saying this book was another Hunger Games rip off. I am not one to let bad reviews sway me, sometimes I will read a book because of bad reviews. I am one of those people that let hype get to me. So, when I saw the reviews were either good or bad and I was looking for a book with some gore because it is October the month for scares, I decided to give this book a whirl. I started this book hoping I would like it. This book started out like Cabin in the Woods meets Hunger Games, and I like both of those so I had high expectations I would like this book. No, I struggled to finish this book and it was actually quite boring. The self-brooding heroine, Evelyn, spends the whole time wishing The Compass Room would kill her because her crime was so heinous. Of course, falling in love with a fellow Compass Room inmate named Casey is the only reason she finds the strength to want to fight and get out. Not her mom, not her little brother, not the friend she tried to save. None of these reasons are enough to make her want to fight. It’s finding love with a boy who understands her and knows that sometimes bad people just need killing.
I found myself rolling my eyes a lot because I think, for me, Evelyn was very predictable. I didn’t get swoony for her love affair. The shocking gory moments were just that shocking but a little predictable. The girl who was in for sacrificing people in the name of witch craft is killed by her god in The Compass Room. The boy who raped women was killed by one of his victims. I didn’t shed a tear for these people but it was something I did see coming. Evelyn and her group of survivors tricking the system to find a way out were also predictable. Now the government wants to put them back on trial because they say the tests were inclusive.
Like I said I struggled with this book and there were times I didn’t want to pick it back up again. It is not Hunger Games similarities because I have loved books that similar to other books. It was because in the end I just could not make myself care about these characters. If I had to really compare this book to something, I would say that, for me, The Wicked We Have Done is like those bad horror movies on Netflix. You have feeling they will be bad going in but are secretly hoping that you will end up loving it in the end. I wouldn’t say I wasted my time reading The Wicked We Have Done but I don’t think I will be chomping at the bit, waiting on the edge of my seat to read more. I am giving this book two stars because it just in the end I just couldn’t fall in love or even like with this story and its characters.

Written by Amy Gilman

2 Responses to “[Review] The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian”

  1. Amanda P.

    I totally agree with you, though I gave this book 1 star. I totally didn’t like it at all. All of your issues with it were mine. It was WAY spacey, and super predictable. You weren’t alone in your opinions! Promise! 🙂

    • Amy Gilman

      I really do hate giving bad reviews so thanks for letting me I am not alone in my opinions. 🙂

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