Red Moon Rising

Red Moon Rising

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by Peter Moore
     
 

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Being only half-vampyre in a high school like Danny Gray's makes you a whole loser. But Danny manages to escape the worst of the hounding thanks to genetic treatments that mask his werewolf side. So far, he's been able to live the privileged life of a vampyre.

Vamps are society's elite, while wulves like Danny's father are less than second-class citizens.

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Being only half-vampyre in a high school like Danny Gray's makes you a whole loser. But Danny manages to escape the worst of the hounding thanks to genetic treatments that mask his werewolf side. So far, he's been able to live the privileged life of a vampyre.

Vamps are society's elite, while wulves like Danny's father are less than second-class citizens. During the full moon they become inmates, forced to undergo their Change in dangerous government compounds.

But Danny never had to worry about any of that. Until now. Lately, every time there's a full moon, he's been getting weird symptoms: keen night vision, skull-splitting headaches, and increased strength. Now his new girlfriend, a human named Juliet, is wondering what's wrong with him. She's asking questions questions he can't answer.

If his fears turn out to be true, everything in Danny's life could be destroyed. Is there any way he can get through the next full moon without everyone finding out what he really is?

Set in a paranormal world not too far from our own, Peter Moore crafts an unforgettable coming-of-age story that will raise readers' hackles.

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Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Dante Gray is passing for vamp in a society where vampires are the superstars; humans looked down upon; and werewolves the subspecies at the bottom of the food chain. Dante is a cross-breed, the product of a vampire mother and a werewolf father and, despite genetic treatments to suppress his werewolf tendencies, it seems he is about to cross over to his lupine side. Pursued by school bully Gunther Hoering (a not even vaguely disguised Nazi vamp), Danny plans to become a "moonrunner," hiding from the monthly concentration camps where wolves are sent to fight it out among themselves during their monthly "change." That's right. Becoming a werewolf is compared to menstruation as there is even a Midol like over-the-counter medication to control the "symptoms" of metamorphosis. Serious vampire and werewolf fans will have many problems with the liberties Moore takes with the mythology. Vampires eat dinner as families, are uniformly blonde and blue-eyed, and treat human blood as an addictive drug. They survive on synth-heme. Thoughtful readers will have greater problems with comparing the vampire-werewolf wars as analogous to Nazi Germany and wolves as Jews hidden in basement chambers, while Civil Rights' era activists fight for the rights of wolves for equal pay. In trying to create a metaphor, author Moore cheapens two very serious historical subjects. Red Moon Rising is really a pedestrian YA problem novel with lots of wulfen and vamp references to sell it to the Twilight crowd. With the summer release of the new Teen Wolf movie, there may be more call for lycanthropic fiction, but recommend Klause's Blood and Chocolate or Jenning's The Wolving Time for good wolf books. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423119395
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
743,068
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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