Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review: Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore


Being only half-vamp in a high school like Carpathia Night makes you a whole loser. But Danny Gray manages to escape the worst of the specists at his school. Thanks to genetic treatments he had as an infant, most people assume Danny's other half is human. Which is a good thing.

Ever since the development of synthetic blood – SynHeme – vamps have become society’s elite, while wulves like his father work menial jobs and live in bad neighborhoods. Wulves are less than second class citizens; once a month they become inmates, forced to undergo their Change in dangerous government compounds.

For Danny, living with his vamp mother and going to a school with a nearly all-vamp student body, it’s best to pretend his wulf half doesn’t even exist. But lately Danny's been having some weird symptoms — fantastic night vision; a keener-than-usual sense of smell; and headaches, right around the full moon.

Even though it's easy to be in denial, it's hard to ignore evidence. There's only a month until the next full moon, and Danny's time is running out.

Red Moon Rising is a werewulf/vampyre tale. A very unique and different one. Trust me, it has a very different aspect to the werewulf/vampyre stories.

The story has political/racial messages. Wulves are vampire slaves. They are spat on, ordered around, and not accepted in the society.

Dante, our protagonist, is half-vampyre half-wulf. He faces issues regarding this.

The story is narrated in Dante's point of view. I think that Peter Moore perfectly captures and portrays the teenager's voice and thoughts. You can feel for Dante and feel the danger he's going through.

Claire was an amazing character. She was always there for Dante and she was quite interesting.

I don't think this book had much of a plot. It had a quite simple plot and didn't really have jaw-dropping moments, but the simplicity has this charm and works quite well.

Peter Moore's writing style is great. He knows how to express the teenage thoughts in pages; not many authors are capable of doing that.

Overall this book is really enjoyable and entertaining.


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