Apr 102013
 
Review: Red Moon: A NovelRed Moon: A Novel by Benjamin Percy
Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 7, 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: ARC from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: two-stars

They live among us.

They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.

They change.
When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge…and the battle for humanity will begin.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a literary-style paranormal story that seemed to try to do for werewolves what The Passage did for vampires. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to that standard.

This story was quite serious and depressing. It went beyond just the content to both the tone and feel of the writing itself. It seemed that the story lacked any sense of hope that would have made the serious feel easier to read and enjoy. Without this hope, the story was slow and depressing.

The first part felt quite disjointed with each individual character’s storyline being revealed. They all tied together eventually, but in the beginning they felt too separate and too short to be part of an overall plotline.

The story is told in present tense, which didn’t always work. When it worked, I didn’t even notice the tense. But there were several spots where it stood out as odd and jarring. I found myself rereading those parts to ensure I understood what was happening, and when.

Overall, this was a story that just didn’t meet my expectations. The alternative history was quite thorough, but it seemed too simplistic. The modern day war with the lycans in a lycan territory was a blatant adaptation of the current US war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It lacked any subtly at all. The writing felt too dark and depressing, told in a disjointed style that made it hard to stay in the story. Most of the other reviews I’ve seen don’t match my opinion of the story, so if you enjoy werewolf or literary stories, I’d suggest you check it out yourself.

  One Response to “Review: Red Moon: A Novel”

  1. Well, I don’t really read these kinds of books ..
    They are just not my type
    GREAT review, though
    Your reader,
    Soma

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