BOOK REVIEW: Red Moon

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Forget Twilight, True Blood and the like, Red Moon is a serious book looking at how Lycans and humans co-exit together. Sounds good, but does this book deliver?

 

They live amongst us. They are your neighbour, your mother, your lover. You think they are safe. They change.

Every teenage girl thinks she’s different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realises 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.

President Chase Williams has sworn to eradicate the menace. Unknown to the electorate, however, he is becoming the very thing he has sworn to destroy.

Each of them is caught up in a war that so far has been controlled with laws and violence and drugs. But an uprising is about to leave them damaged, lost, and tied to one another for ever.

The night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge, and the battle for humanity will begin.

Set in an alternative modern world where Lycans (werewolves) live amongst us. The balance has always been strained, but this is tipped when a Lycan terrorist goes berserk on board a plane and everyone bar one survivor (Patrick) is killed. Soon everything goes mad, with Lycans being detailed, killed and further Lycan terrorist attacks being carried out.

Set over a period of a few years, and told from the view points of various people caught up in the conflict including: Claire – a teenager on the run from those that killed her family: Patrick the ‘miracle-boy’ who survived the Lycan attack on the plane, but now isn’t quite sure where he fits in and where his loyalties lie: Chase a politician trying to become the next president, who vows to eradicate the Lycan menace, but these views may soon be challenged.

When I first read the synopsis I thought this was just going to be another run-of-the-mill werewolf novel, but I was very wrong. Red Moon is an intelligent and thought-provoking novel. The treatment and reduction of the civil liberties of the Lycans, put me in mind of the treatment of the Jews by the Nazis, and the whole aftermath of the plane attack was very reminiscent of 911.

The book follows a few different characters from their perspectives as the relations between humans and Lycans, already strained, begin to break down even further, resulting in a devastating terrorist attack, that affects both humans and Lycans alike.

The plot as I have already stated is original, and the characters brilliantly created and formed. You are drawn into the story almost immediately, and kept glued to the pages all the way until the very end. A brilliant and stimulating novel, which you can’t help but drawn parallels to real life situations.

Forget ‘fluffy’ werewolf books as Red Moon finally drags Lycans into the present with a grown-up novel that you will still be thinking about long after you have finished it.

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AUTHOR: Benjamin Percy
PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton
H/BACK:
530 pages
RRP:
£12.99
ISBN:
978-1444724998

Rating: 5/5
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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