Book Review: Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

Title: Red Moon

Author: Benjamin Percy

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural, Thriller, War Fantasy

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Published: May 7th, 2013

Page Amount: 544 pages (Kindle Edition)

Blurb from Goodreads:  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.

Why Read: Once again, this is thanks to Book Riot. I was listening to the podcast and they, as per always, where talking about their sponsor: Audible and discussing their favorite audiobooks. And one thing led to another, and Rebecca began telling Jeff about this werewolf book: Red Moon.

Review: I admit I was skeptical. I rarely like werewolf books, especially ones that only have werewolves… But thankfully, I was wrong. Red Moon is an engaging read, one that really allowed me to dive in because it hovered around real events. Instead of the Haymarket bombing being about the war protests, Red Moon switches that to be about werewolf rights.

From a character perspective, it was fantastic. The diversity and full-bodied flavor of the characters made me feel as though these people were really out there. After all, a power-hungry assistant to the president, a soldier fighting really to find his MIA father, and a young woman who wants nothing more than everything to go back to normal. That doesn’t get much more reactionary than that.

The plot was well versed, and from the beginning somewhat indifferent viewpoint that one has on werewolves (well, they are called Lycans in the book), the book moves to an all out war scenario. The only complaint I have is that it was extremely predictable and once I finished the book… I had no real wish to continue reading the sequel.

However, Red Moon is something I would recommend anyone to read if you love seeing history distorted in fiction (because I know I’m a bit obsessed with it). It’s a fun read and I’m sure that like me, you’ll soon be turning pages as quickly as you read them – because you’ll want to know the ending.

PS. Don’t Judge on my rating… because I couldn’t with a good conscience rate it 4, but it wasn’t exactly a 3. So I did my best to make it exactly the number I believed!

Rating: 3.8/5 Stars

Review Coming Soon: The Fairyland Series by Catherynne Valente

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