Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

18000952The Wicked We Have Done
(Chaos Theory, #1)
By: Sarah Harian
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: March 18, 2013
Genre: New Adult Dystopia

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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.


1thoughtsEvalyn has been convicted of manslaughter and her option is the death penalty or try her luck in the “moral” compass room. A “room”, or location, that is simulated to test and show a persons true character, thus determining whether said person should be put down like a rabid dog or allowed to live. Evalyn of course chooses to go in the compass room and finds herself in a remote area with 9 other killers. She forms alliances to help protect herself from some of the other candidates but everyone views her as their biggest threat.

This was one insane read. There was a lot happening between what takes on in the compass room and flashbacks to her life before she became a killer. I will be honest that is sort of distracted me from the story because I would keep getting pulled from the action but at the same time, it was good to get insight into her life prior to everything. It really helped to redeem her as a character.

The romance was an interesting twist in the story. I don’t know if it was overly necessary, I wasn’t feeling a huge connection between the two. I liked that the author didn’t go for the insta-love though. Instead there was loathing and contempt between them and it slowly built into love. There also wasn’t a lot of sex scenes and what was there was not fleshed out in detail unlike the majority of new-adult novels. I really enjoyed that the author took the new adult mold and flipped it the bird.

I honestly never knew what inter-mix was before this but I am definitely a fan. There’s sci-fi, romance, new adult and thriller all wrapped up into one pretty awesome story. I don’t know how it will do as being a series. I felt like as it would’ve been awesome as a stand lone. I guess we will just have to see where the author takes the story next.


1favepart“What are you doing?”
Casey, who’s washing a pile of dishes by the stream, gapes at me, horrified.
“Crafting feminine hygiene products, a long-lost artisan technique.”
“But we’re going to need that.”
I don’t know if it’s the cold nights, or PMS, or the fact that he’s breathing over my shoulder again. “Yes, you are quite right, we will be needing it – for vaginas. So please let me get back to my work before I bleed all over you.”


2 Thoughts on “Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

  1. Haha I love that quote! 🙂 This sounds like a really interesting read, will definitely need to check this one out. Thanks for the great review 🙂

  2. Kristin@Blood,Sweat and Books on 18 March, 2014 at 7:48 am said:

    Sounds like you at least enjoyed it. Before I read it I thought it’d be a stand alone but I’m happy to see that there will be another book. Great review though. 🙂

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