Arena 1: Slaverunners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy) - Morgan Rice

Arena 1: Slaverunners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy)

By Morgan Rice

  • Release Date: 2012-02-02
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
Score: 4
4
From 360 Ratings

Description

“Shades of THE HUNGER GAMES permeate a story centered around two courageous teens determined to buck all odds in an effort to regain their loved ones. But the true strength in any story lies not so much in its setting and events as in how the characters come across, come alive, and handle their lives--and it's here that ARENA ONE begins to diverge from the predictable and enters the more compelling realms of believability and strength….ARENA ONE builds a believable, involving world and is recommended….for those who enjoy dystopian novels, powerful female characters, and stories of uncommon courage.”
--Midwest Book Review

D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer

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New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever.

Deep in the wilderness, high up in the Catskill Mountains, 17 year old Brooke Moore manages to survive, hiding out with her younger sister, Bree. They are careful to avoid the gangs of slaverunners who patrol the countryside. But one day, Brooke is not as careful as she can be, and Bree is captured. The slaverunners take her away, heading to the city, and to what will be a certain death.

Brooke, a Marine’s daughter, was raised to be tough, to never back down from a fight. When her sister is taken, Brooke mobilizes, uses everything at her disposal to chase down the slaverunners and get her sister back. Along the way she runs into Ben, 17, another survivor like her, whose brother was taken. Together, they team up on their rescue mission.

What follows is a post-apocalyptic, action-packed thriller, as the two of them pursue the slaverunners on the most dangerous ride of their lives, following them deep into the heart of New York. Along the way, if they are to survive, they will have to make some of the hardest choices and sacrifices of their lives, encountering obstacles neither of them had expected—including their unexpected feelings for each other. Will they rescue their siblings? Will they make it back? And will they, themselves, have to fight in the arena?

“Grabbed my attention from the beginning and did not let go….This story is an amazing adventure that is fast paced and action packed from the very beginning. There is not a dull moment to be found.”

--Paranormal Romance Guild {regarding Turned}

"I will admit, before ARENA ONE, I had never read anything post-apocalyptic before. I never thought it would be something I would enjoy….Well, I was very pleasantly surprised at how addicting this book was. ARENA ONE was one of those books that you read late into the night until your eyes start to cross because you don't want to put it down….It is no secret that I love strong heroines in the books I read….Brooke was tough, strong, un-relentless, and while there is romance in the book, Brooke wasn't ruled by that....I would highly recommend ARENA ONE.”
--Dallas Examiner

ARENA ONE is Book #1 in the Survival Trilogy, and is 85,000 words. Book #2 in the series, ARENA TWO, is now also available.

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Reviews

  • A must read!

    5
    By faithzar
    This book should be on everyone’s must read list. Bree is stronger than even she knows. Great story line that keeps you wanting more.
  • Great action book, some gore

    5
    By Hdhfjdfkfkfkfk
    It kept me on my toes the whole time and I even pulled an all nighter to finish this!!!
  • Good plot, too much filler, repetitive

    3
    By AngelicFlames
    The storyline is good, that's why I gave it 3 stars, just no real development of the other survivors or relationships. My real gripe is the repetitiveness of the book. It's bad, REALLY bad. Also, I feel like it gives a bit TOO much description in certain parts. I found myself skipping, not paragraphs, but MULTIPLE PAGES that were nothing more than scenery descriptions. It's filler overload. An example, when she enters the city & is describing it. We really don't need that much.
  • Brooke is a Bad *** *****

    5
    By skd14223
    This is my second book read by Morgan Rice & what I love about this author is how he sets the scense so well, it is detailed (however not overly so), organized, crisp & on pointe. The books I have read by this author I feel like I’m right there with the character seeing, feeling, hearing everything that is happening in that moment. This book starts with a great introduction of the main character Brooke who you know right from the start is a realist, perfectionist, is harder on herself than anyone else could ever be, a desparate hunger to keep her family together, & a survivor. From here you have what can only be described as an EPIC car chase that may only be riviled by the Blues Brothers classic scene. This book takes you a ambitious / heroic journey from the action packed car chases, to the Mad Max Thunderdome & the burning desire to keep a family together & never give up hope. This is the first book in a three part series & I would highly recommend picking up this book & series. I could even see this book being turned into a movie at some point.
  • Childish and moronic

    1
    By Sf4ler
    A colossal waste of time
  • Excellent

    5
    By Mallow face
    Really great book that I couldn't pull my eyes or mind away from!!!
  • Awesome

    5
    By The one adn noku
    So fast pased book
  • Awesome

    5
    By deathsticktank
    Great book
  • Pretty Good Read

    4
    By Garrett1683836
    Pretty good read! Interesting all-around, definitely kept me into it. With a well-constructed plot, dynamic characters, and pretty intense action, this book is a definite must-read. But be ye forwarned: Some sensitive elements are described a bit too much for my taste, though it's realistic, it's not completely necessary. Although it's supposedly a Hunger Games knock-off, there aren't too many things that really remind you of that book. Once the sequel starts to unravel, then you see some Hunger Games colors.
  • Some Spoilers Below

    2
    By Person123;)
    While the concept of Arena One is intriguing and the story is well thought out, the actual book is very poorly written and repetitive. At least ten of the thirty(ish) chapters ended with Brooke passing out, or wondering if she was about to die. There is also very little to no character development. Brooke meets Ben, barely speaks to him, and then decides she likes him. The same thing then happens with Logan. Again, the concept of the book is very interesting and worth a shot, but the execution is cringeworthy and mediocre at best.
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