Arena 1

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Arena 1


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February 16, 2016
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ARENA 1 is book #1 in the Bestselling series The Survival Trilogy, which also includes ARENA 2 and ARENA 3.

New York. 2120. America has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever.

Deep in the wilderness, high up in the Catskill Mountains, 17 year old Brooke Moore manages to survive, hiding out with her younger sister, Bree. They are careful to avoid the gangs of slaverunners who patrol the countryside. But one day, Brooke is not as careful as she can be, and Bree is captured. The slaverunners take her away, heading to the city, and to what will be a certain death.

Brooke, a Marine’s daughter, was raised to be tough, to never back down from a fight. When her sister is taken, Brooke mobilizes, uses everything at her disposal to chase down the slaverunners and get her sister back. Along the way she runs into Ben, 17, another survivor like her, whose brother was taken. Together, they team up on their rescue mission.

What follows is a post-apocalyptic, action-packed thriller, as the two of them pursue the slaverunners on the most dangerous ride of their lives, following them deep into the heart of New York. Along the way, if they are to survive, they will have to make some of the hardest choices and sacrifices of their lives, encountering obstacles neither of them had expected—including their unexpected feelings for each other. Will they rescue their siblings? Will they make it back? And will they, themselves, have to fight in the arena?

ARENA 2 (Book #2) is now also available, and ARENA 3 (Book #3) is now available for pre-order!

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Another great dystopian novel like The Maze Runner or Divergent

Arena 1 is the first book in a new series by Morgan Rice. Morgan Rice is best known for her series The Vampire Journals and I really enjoyed her fantasy series The Sorcerer's Ring. I got sucked into that series because the first book in the series, A Quest for Heroes, was free as a ebook. This new book, Arena 1, is also a free ebook and a great start to a new dystopian series.

The story is a children's book but I think any dystopian reader will find something to like here and the price of free is hard to beat. The story begins with 17 year old Brooke trying to survive in a mountain cabin with her younger sister. Meanwhile slaverunners are looking for anyone to bring back and force to battle to their likely death in the arena.

I liked that the arena is actually based in New York City and much of the points of interest will be very noticeable to anyone who has ever visited there. The difference is that most of the bridges and buildings have been destroyed in a major war which just so happened to start because Democrats and Republicans escalated their conflicts between each other beyond words.  But that would never happen, right?

Brooke is either a very brave and lucky person or is one of the greatest raw yet unexperienced heroes ever. There is plenty of action throughout the book and it very much reads as a Mad Max-like action film with her constantly facing one pearl after another.

At 253 pages the book is a quick read and the story moves from scene to scene smoothly. I give it five out of five stars and recommend it for teens and adults that enjoy books such as The Maze Runner and Divergent.

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