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Red Moon

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Politically inclined thriller that addresses not only the obviou

Politically inclined thriller that addresses not only the obvious segregation of lycans and humans, but also the underlying social aspects of such segregation. We are guided through the lives of two individuals who, although opposite in nature, share a similar path.  Pa...
Politically inclined thriller that addresses not only the obvious segregation of lycans and humans, but also the underlying social aspects of such segregation. We are guided through the lives of two individuals who, although opposite in nature, share a similar path.  Patrick, a young man living with his mother in an unfamiliar town, must deal with his forced celebrity status that came about by an act of terrorism. Claire, a lycan by birth, feels direct repercussions of the attack as well.  Being forced to leave her home, she wanders through Northern Minnesota with nothing but the envelope her father gave her.




Percy does a good job of incorporating each character into the plot.  Upon first reading, the story seemed fluffy and drawn out, but the author's tenacity becomes apparent shortly after chapter 8, when this supposed fluff takes on real value, and society's opinion falls into a new light.  The characters come to life in a way unseen by the multiple other fantastical thrillers out there.  Percy has found the balancing point between brazen topics and taciturn opposition, creating his own genre of sci-fi thriller.




Definitely a book worth reading, if you can withstand the immediate staccato of garrulous description.  

posted by SophiaW on May 23, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Reading the blurb, I couldn¿t wait to get a copy of this book. I

Reading the blurb, I couldn’t wait to get a copy of this book. I wanted to know who “they” are. I was guessing “they” might be aliens or some underground species of monsters or something really exciting and unimaginable. My imagination was going wild wondering what “the...
Reading the blurb, I couldn’t wait to get a copy of this book. I wanted to know who “they” are. I was guessing “they” might be aliens or some underground species of monsters or something really exciting and unimaginable. My imagination was going wild wondering what “they” could be. Imagine my disappointment when I started reading Red Moon and discovered that “they” aren’t that interesting at all. They’re only lycans. And no, I don’t read werewolf-themed books, but since I requested it for review through NetGalley, I had no other choice but to give this 500-page plus novel a go and see if maybe I’ll enjoy it. So I’m subtracting one star because the blurb was misleading and another star because I didn’t enjoy the story as much.

The good things first. Benjamin Percy is a phenomenal writer. Even if the story sucked completely (which it didn’t) I would’ve given it a high star rating because of his eloquent prose, vivid descriptions and exceptional action sequences and fight scenes. Seriously, this author can write up a storm, but there were times I couldn’t refrain from eye-rolling at some of the analogies he used. Although I avoid books with werewolves (lycans) and other paranormal creatures such as vampires, shifters, witches, etc, I have to applaud the author for cleverly underlining issues such as racism, prejudice, xenophobia and terrorism by creating a novel where humans and lycans are at odds with each other.

What irked me about the story is that the author builds up the suspense and reader’s expectations to the point where you feel you just can’t take anymore, and then he goes and wraps up the final scenes in a few sentences, which left me feeling deflated and let down. The descriptions were vivid, which contributed a lot to the world building and made it easier for me to immerse myself in the story, but many times it got too lengthy and ended up being page filler. It was clear the author did a lot of research for this book, but the scientific terminology and complex explanations went right over my head, so eventually I started skimming through those.

Overall, Red Moon was an okay read and I think fans of books with paranormal elements will enjoy this novel without complaint. It just wasn’t for me. I’ll definitely read more books by this author if he writes anything in my preferred genres (or anything which doesn’t contain overused paranormal themes/characters) as he undoubtedly is a very talented writer.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

posted by Books4Tomorrow on May 11, 2013

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    Reading the blurb, I couldn¿t wait to get a copy of this book. I

    Reading the blurb, I couldn’t wait to get a copy of this book. I wanted to know who “they” are. I was guessing “they” might be aliens or some underground species of monsters or something really exciting and unimaginable. My imagination was going wild wondering what “they” could be. Imagine my disappointment when I started reading Red Moon and discovered that “they” aren’t that interesting at all. They’re only lycans. And no, I don’t read werewolf-themed books, but since I requested it for review through NetGalley, I had no other choice but to give this 500-page plus novel a go and see if maybe I’ll enjoy it. So I’m subtracting one star because the blurb was misleading and another star because I didn’t enjoy the story as much.

    The good things first. Benjamin Percy is a phenomenal writer. Even if the story sucked completely (which it didn’t) I would’ve given it a high star rating because of his eloquent prose, vivid descriptions and exceptional action sequences and fight scenes. Seriously, this author can write up a storm, but there were times I couldn’t refrain from eye-rolling at some of the analogies he used. Although I avoid books with werewolves (lycans) and other paranormal creatures such as vampires, shifters, witches, etc, I have to applaud the author for cleverly underlining issues such as racism, prejudice, xenophobia and terrorism by creating a novel where humans and lycans are at odds with each other.

    What irked me about the story is that the author builds up the suspense and reader’s expectations to the point where you feel you just can’t take anymore, and then he goes and wraps up the final scenes in a few sentences, which left me feeling deflated and let down. The descriptions were vivid, which contributed a lot to the world building and made it easier for me to immerse myself in the story, but many times it got too lengthy and ended up being page filler. It was clear the author did a lot of research for this book, but the scientific terminology and complex explanations went right over my head, so eventually I started skimming through those.

    Overall, Red Moon was an okay read and I think fans of books with paranormal elements will enjoy this novel without complaint. It just wasn’t for me. I’ll definitely read more books by this author if he writes anything in my preferred genres (or anything which doesn’t contain overused paranormal themes/characters) as he undoubtedly is a very talented writer.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Recommended

    This must be the first of a long series of Red Moon stories, since it has no real end. The characters are unsettled and the future is seriously in peril.

    I like a story that ends. Series are popular with authors, I believe, because they use the same thread for future stories, characters and plot lines being already developed.

    One never really understood the impact of the virus on the mind, since some went nuts while being changed, and others could function somewhat.

    I feel that this may be best suited for early teens. The lapses in the plot would not be noticeable. By that I mean: "What? How did that happen? Or how did we get to this stage?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2013

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    This was a good book, but slow in spots... it didn't really have

    This was a good book, but slow in spots... it didn't really have an ending so I figure there will be at least one more... I would most likely read the next one just to figure out what happened to the characters.

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