Book #75: New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson

Worlds collide in debut author Jennifer Wilson’s graphic dystopian series where Divergent meets Mad Max. 

Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words – to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls – outside of The Sanctuary – is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.” 

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself…

The first of a trilogy, New World Rising is an epic tale of survival, instinct, trauma, and the extraordinary power of human connection.

“Savage and raw, Jennifer Wilson pulls no punches in this blood tingling dystopian.” Kimberly Derting, award-winning author of The Pledge Trilogy.

New World Rising was the second book in June’s OwlCrate box and the second the book club I’m a part of decided to read. Like The Sandcastle Empire, New World Rising is a young adult dystopian fiction. However, for me, this book was more enjoyable than the other one.

We first meet our main character as she is trying to find a new safehouse. In the first chapter we learn what had happened to her parents, what kind of city she lives in, and what lies beyond. We don’t know why her parents chose this place to take their daughter, and neither does she. We don’t even learn her name until later in the book, but it doesn’t feel like we need the name right away.

Jennifer Wilson’s writing is filled with action and is quick. It is entertaining and I was in the world as I read. I actually felt something for the characters in the book. I wanted something to happen to the world. I wasn’t bored in any way.

From the club, I learned there were a few issues. Such as the fun Phoenix has and the need for more commas, but this didn’t pull me away from the world. I honestly didn’t recognize it until someone mentioned it. Did it change my opinion about the book? Not at all.

The world is dark, has many twists, and I found myself wondering what the next book had in store. It is definitely a trilogy I plan on continuing. Just not sure if I want it in eBook or hard copy.

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