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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 sp 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?


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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 sp 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?

30 review for Arena One: Slaverunners

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    I'm not completely done with the book however I wanted to write some of my review down now. There is very little left of the book and it wont effect how I feel about this book. First of all I was wrong thinking that the author had copied from the Hunger games. There is some parts some small parts that it is cleared she copied and they are right at the start. I wish Goodreads had the same things at a website called Gamespot, in their reviews you could label a game such as "Too much Hype","Been ther I'm not completely done with the book however I wanted to write some of my review down now. There is very little left of the book and it wont effect how I feel about this book. First of all I was wrong thinking that the author had copied from the Hunger games. There is some parts some small parts that it is cleared she copied and they are right at the start. I wish Goodreads had the same things at a website called Gamespot, in their reviews you could label a game such as "Too much Hype","Been there done that","Lived up to the Hype" or "Guilty Pleasure" This book I most certainly will label as "Guilty Pleasure" The book overall is horrible, It's just horrible however despite that I liked it for some strange reason, There is typos through out the book and the whole story feels like I'm reading a script. I just couldn't emerge my self into the world Morgan Rice tried to create. The story is about a girl called Brooke we find her after a 2nd Civil war in the U,S. Breeth has a younger sister called Bree. At the start it takes a long time to get into the story. I don't know about the start at all to be honest, I could tell what would happen way before it happened. The story is so unrealistic, The author tried to set the world in what I call a "It could possibly happen" I mean by this that she tries to make a world in which the things she mention "could" possibly happen. However she screws up so many times, She involves the political parties of America's government and she either switch the profiles round or she is clueless about the Democrats and Republican parties. She puts the Republicans in a "good light" making me think she used her own preferences and got it horribly wrong. Either way she destroyed her world building, Describing how the Country entered into the "Nuclear apocalypse age". The way she explained away how Nuclear weapons were used is abysmal the entire time I was reading this, I kept asking/saying "and none of the other countries, like Russia or UK did anything and just sat and watch and let it all happen?" 2nd point if the amount of nuclear weapons she described were actually used, the Atmosphere would of been un-breathable The hole in the O-zone layer would be the size of Sky-scrapper. She makes the main person look so stupid and I didn't feel attached to them. Not nearly like how I felt to the characters in the vampire series. Also I know authors can use a some creative license every now and then. However what the main person goes through, any normal person would be in Intensive care unit (ICU). I kept count of all the injures Breethe earned her self. I know just for one example if you get shot, stabbed in the upper arm that you wouldn't be able to use that arm at least not a full capacity. With 3 or more Broken ribs, trouble breathing and a concussion. She was able to control a vehicle at speeds of 150 mph. YEAH RIGHT! You would need two hands fully functional to be able handle any vehicle. You would just have to look at John Green's YT video when he gave him self a concussion. So in the words of my favorite. Show Myth busters,: can someone who's seriously injured with multiple broken ribs, a right arm that had something stabbed right through the bicep, still bleeding. With a concussion, be able to control a vehicle doing excess speeds of 120-150 and be able to pull off 360 turns and tight 90 degree turns with out crashing..? Myth - BUSTED That I feel is what makes the entire book a horrible, The author tries to write a story in a world, that ok isn't likely to happen at all but could still be possible. Then through out the book she makes all these horrible mistakes that ruins the world building that shout out unrealistic. I purchased this book from B&N for the Nook, it has 1579 pages and it skips 2 page numbers every time you turn the page. There are lots of mistakes like, miss spelling the word slide and instead writing side. This is a book we purchased from B&N, if it came from someone who copied it over I'd understand, however being as it is. Means it is bad editing. The author failed all round basically and you can tell the author just rushed out the book without any research to get the book out to join in on the Hype of the Movie Hunger games that comes out in March. My personal note to the Author, The vampire series was good because you brought something new to something that has been done so many times, the time travel. In here there is nothing new to offer and it is just clear what this book was about - You jumping on the band wagon with the Hunger games. Very disapointed with you Morgan.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Genesis Blue

    Where to start . . . there were several things that turned me off this book. 1. I don't like present tense writing. That's just me, though, so technically, this shouldn't count against the book. 2. Caps Locks do NOT belong in a novel. Email, Facebook, ok, but not in a novel. 3. The foreshadowing killed me. (view spoiler)[She dreams that her sister is taken. Her sister dreams that she's taken. she has a horrible feeling as she leaves that morning (not to do anything urgent, mind) and OMG!!! Her si Where to start . . . there were several things that turned me off this book. 1. I don't like present tense writing. That's just me, though, so technically, this shouldn't count against the book. 2. Caps Locks do NOT belong in a novel. Email, Facebook, ok, but not in a novel. 3. The foreshadowing killed me. (view spoiler)[She dreams that her sister is taken. Her sister dreams that she's taken. she has a horrible feeling as she leaves that morning (not to do anything urgent, mind) and OMG!!! Her sister is TAKEN! (hide spoiler)] 4. The action is nonstop . . . which could be ok if it weren't for the constant, "if this happens, we're dead for sure" and "there was no way we could survive this," plus multiple crashes, explosions and injuries, dead people, yet the main character (who cracks one rib at a time, btw) manages to stay on top of things, though she's constantly complaining that her life has no meaning, so what does it matter if she dies? I'm pretty sure she couldn't die if she tried though. 5. The romance factor was, um, dead. You can have a book without romance and quite frankly, this one would have been better without the attempt, which fell flat on its face. Twice. Logan was actually interesting, but there was 0 chemistry. Ben was a wet noodle and I wouldn't look at him twice, yet the MC spends a few seconds before heading to her death in the arena wondering if he likes her or not. I'd be far more concerned with my imminent death. And where my sister was. 6. The abrupt introduction of new plot pieces. In the middle of the book, there are suddenly a new species of people, which are never explained. I'm assuming they were melted by the nuclear bomb, but not sure why they didn't die. And then another species appears, Crazies, who do seem rather crazy and without purpose. And a sex trade suddenly looms, after all the focus was on the arena. It's a little confusing and while it works, it needed a bit more explanation and introduction. 7. Finally, I have no idea how Brooke and Bree survived for 2-3 years (timeline is a bit unclear) in the mountains if she didn't know how to trap, hunt or even fish. What did they eat all those winters? We won't even get into the fact that they didn't leave town until after a nuclear bomb exploded just a few short miles from their home. In all, I wanted to like this book, I really did. The story idea was awesome, slaverunners capturing people after a new American war and pitting them against each other in an arena, fighting to the death, but it just didn't come together like it should have. And that makes me a bit sad.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    If you liked Hunger Games, do yourself a favor and never read this dreck. This is a terrible book about simple-minded, apparently invulnerable children taking a walking tour of Thunderdome New York. I hated this book, and while I'm glad I got this from the library because that means I didn't buy it, I am furious that the library spent money on it. Sometimes you read a book and your heart races because you're attached to the characters and the author is good at suspense or emotion. Reading this b If you liked Hunger Games, do yourself a favor and never read this dreck. This is a terrible book about simple-minded, apparently invulnerable children taking a walking tour of Thunderdome New York. I hated this book, and while I'm glad I got this from the library because that means I didn't buy it, I am furious that the library spent money on it. Sometimes you read a book and your heart races because you're attached to the characters and the author is good at suspense or emotion. Reading this book, my heart rate frequently spiked, but it was out of frustration. Summary of the story: teenagers surviving in post apocalyptic upstate New York have their younger siblings kidnapped by "slaverunners", bound for a fight-to-the-death Arena in Manhattan. Teenagers pursue siblings, etc etc. This is the summary that makes you think the story might have potential. But the devil is in the details, and this book is TERRIBLE at details except for the times when details make no damn sense, at which point it won't shut up with the details. I'm too pissed of to parse, so here comes the spoiler:(view spoiler)[The slaverunners seem to be combing the countryside for candidates to throw into the Arena, mainly to entertain themselves. But... They live in a wasteland full of murderously psychotic "crazies". Why the hell would you burn through precious fuel for a 6-hour round-trip trek to pick up some half-starved mountain kids when you have some perfectly good psychotics bouncing around in your backyard? It's not even like they make the kids fight each other; they're thrown into a ring with what seem to be professional wrestlers armed with snakes and armor. Considering the "crazies" know how to do stuff like orchestrate ambushes and fire RPGs (where the hell did they get that, by the way?), surely they would be more entertaining in a fight than an emaciated 17 year old. Sigh. Once Bree is kidnapped, Brooke spends an insane amount of time in a car chase. She gets into accidents that should kill her, at the very least concuss her, but it seems this half-starved teenager can't be killed given she sustains multiple head injuries but is able to then emerge victorious from three brutal cage matches and still jump from a Hummer onto a moving bus. Brooke is also special in that she is a nasty, snapping turtle of a girl, but then she suddenly starts eyeing up her companions and assuming they are crushing on her/jealous of each other. It's very weird. Then there are entire chapters of the book when all dialogue is screamed - literally, "I scream" rather than "I say". And every chapter ends on a "we're going to die" cliffhanger, becoming so overused that I just started sniggering when 50 assailants raced towards our brutally-injured, pinned-down hero because SHE NEVER DIES. The author keeps trying to up the ante with more lopsided odds, but it's just farce after a certain point. Don't bother with the cliffhanger. There's a crap history lesson early on that attempts to explain how we got into a second Civil War and ended up nuking each other, but that still doesn't explain what the hell is going on with the slaverunner thing. Frustratingly, Brooke doesn't show any interest in piecing together how society has evolved, so I'm totally in the dark as to which factions are in play other than "survivors" and "slaverunners". But the author takes GREAT pains to laboriously detail Brooke's journey through New York City. Why? I have no idea. Possibly because she lives here and is weirdly fixated on directions? Honestly, it's beyond my explanation. At one point we are going street by street through Lower Manhattan, as though you're expected to follow along at home with a map. So that's just ridiculous, but even worse? The meticulous description of Manhattan is a faithful rendering of TODAY'S Manhattan. But the action is taking place in 2117. Brooke is sprinting through the streets and mournfully remembering things that are true now, in 2013, but which definitely shouldn't be true in 2117. Basically, it's the equivalent of me writing a book about 2015 and telling you all about my favorite telegraph office and how fondly I remember the sheep roaming the meadows of Central Park. In fact, let's take a quick jaunt through the locations Rice mentions in Arena One, but as they were in 1900: Central Park Times Square Union Square South Street Seaport Can you imagine me trying to pass off 1900s NYC as a valid representation of 2013 NYC? Just looking at city trends, I would expect the 2117 city to be structured in a way that prevents much private vehicle use, and at one point she mentions cigarette smoke wafting into her window... Not sure that one's going to maintain either. Times Square is rapidly becoming pedestrianized, and just thinking about the cycle of Times Square: in 1900 you could park a buggy in it. In 1980, you could pick up a prostitute or rent a booth to watch a porno, and very possibly step on a needle. In 2013, you can visit the M&M store with your children and then frolic for the jumbotron cameras while sipping a pumpkin latte, and the most sinister threat is the guy in the Elmo costume who might get pissy if you don't tip him for a photo. Oh, and the names of boroughs and neighborhoods evolve over time too, just look at Brooklyn. CITIES CHANGE. I'm not even going to go into the motorcycle/car chases that exceed 140 mph. I don't think the author has ever driven a car, based on what she thinks a car can do on winter roads that haven't been maintained in years. Or that people can survive crashes at those speeds (again and again! Invulnerable children!). Oh, and at one point she claims you can do 140mph in Manhattan in a Camero. Right. Bombed-out, riot-torn NYC and you think you can get clearance to build that sort of speed. This is just such utter bullshit that I'm surprised editors didn't laugh her out of the building. (hide spoiler)] I think the most egregious flaw in this book is that the heroine doesn't think. She acts on impulse, but shows absolutely no curiosity or logic or even tactical thought. What made Hunger Games great was Katniss' constant mental calculus, trying to outwit her opponents and society. But Brooke's only thoughts are a one-note "I must rescue my sister" and "this guy is attractive, I think he likes me". That means that the only thing going up against this apparently massive slaverunner machine is a 17 year old emaciated girl who was taught self-defense by her marine father five years ago. And then she KEEPS triumphing in hand-to-hand combat with well-fed, full-grown, armed men. While she's starving, hideously injured, and a stranger on their turf. It's practically comedy. Honestly, this is just a weird mash-up of Mad Max and an Xbox driving game with an utterly transparent effort at humanizing the story with a cosmetic Hunger Games gloss. It doesn't work, and it doesn't make a lick of sense, avoid avoid avoid.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    I was enjoying it in the beginning, and then it unfortunately went downhill with errors and inconsistencies that became increasingly annoying. (view spoiler)[Where do I start? There were so many. The motorcycle and car chase, for instance. We have a basically untrained 17yo who hasn't driven her motorbike in years and yet manages to maintain speeds of 130+mph in snow and ice. Without dying, or even becoming injured. She crashes into the riverbank at 150mph and again, the impact doesn't even inju I was enjoying it in the beginning, and then it unfortunately went downhill with errors and inconsistencies that became increasingly annoying. (view spoiler)[Where do I start? There were so many. The motorcycle and car chase, for instance. We have a basically untrained 17yo who hasn't driven her motorbike in years and yet manages to maintain speeds of 130+mph in snow and ice. Without dying, or even becoming injured. She crashes into the riverbank at 150mph and again, the impact doesn't even injure her. (There are a few more like this, but I'll skip for brevity.) She then manages to chase the slaverunners into their city. I lost count of the car crashes and manoeuvres she manages to make despite the weather, unfamiliar area and cracked ribs. Ben, despite never having held a gun before, manages (at 100+mph) to accurately shoot the passenger. The low gas warning doesn't do anything even though she's still driving at 100+mph, rapidly braking, accelerating and skidding, and should've run out of gas miles ago. Neither of them seem to have considered the obvious fact that they have to get *back* from the city if they don't want to die in the arena beside their siblings. Oh, and then she bites Malcolm's foot. THROUGH his combat boots. And is still able to move with relative ease despite the ribs, the bites (snake and human). And doesn't have any problems wielding a giant axe and mace, despite - let's face it - being a 17yo girl. And surely there's not a potential love triangle? No, even that hope is shattered. (hide spoiler)] Ugh. By this point I knew was just reading out of morbid curiosity to see how bad it could get. I already knew it was unredeemable. It's like watching one of those really bad action movies, where it's blindingly obvious the hero should have died about a dozen times in the first hour. If you liked The Hunger Games, *don't* read this.

  5. 5 out of 5

    hayden

    Wow. Capitalizing off of the success of dystopian fiction, much? [image error] Wow. Capitalizing off of the success of dystopian fiction, much? [image error]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Worrallo

    Rediculously horrible book. 90% of the book was a very long car-ride consisting of crashes, passing out, driving, crashing again, driving again multiple times all the way until almost the end where the plot is squished into the last 10% of pages. It was utterly boring. The author couldn't even make the bulk of the book (which was the car ride/car collision path) even slightly interesting! It was all 'right-turn, left-turn, sharp bend, car flips, u-turn, onto this street, then that street' Boring Rediculously horrible book. 90% of the book was a very long car-ride consisting of crashes, passing out, driving, crashing again, driving again multiple times all the way until almost the end where the plot is squished into the last 10% of pages. It was utterly boring. The author couldn't even make the bulk of the book (which was the car ride/car collision path) even slightly interesting! It was all 'right-turn, left-turn, sharp bend, car flips, u-turn, onto this street, then that street' Boring! I recommend this to no living soul. The romance was pathetic also, falling for men she knows nothing about, it seemed like a cheap attempt at getting the romantic competition found in the hunger games series. Waste of time in my opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    How far would you go to keep a promise... Let go of reality and fall into a world decimated by war, where monsters rise to control what is left with brute force and terror tactics. Survivors have gone to the fringes of civilization, hiding out in the wilderness. Seventeen-year-old Brooke and her sister Bree have barely survived in the Catskill Mountains, hiding out from the slaverunners who would see them dead or worse, living a nightmarish existence as slaves. Just as Brooke thinks their luck has How far would you go to keep a promise... Let go of reality and fall into a world decimated by war, where monsters rise to control what is left with brute force and terror tactics. Survivors have gone to the fringes of civilization, hiding out in the wilderness. Seventeen-year-old Brooke and her sister Bree have barely survived in the Catskill Mountains, hiding out from the slaverunners who would see them dead or worse, living a nightmarish existence as slaves. Just as Brooke thinks their luck has changed for the better, Bree is captured and Brooke will do anything to keep her promise to her sister, that she will always take care of her. Now she will stop at nothing to save young Bree and all the years of her Marine father’s training is about to pay off in spades, if she can survive ARENA ONE. As Brooke takes chase to get her sister back, she encounters an ally, Ben, also desperate to get his stolen brother back. Together they will brave ice, snow and bullets in a fever-pitched chase across unforgiving land to the heart of Hell on Earth, New York City. Rapid-fire action, over-the-top battles to the death, a car chase to rival all chases and one teen determined to save the all family she has left. Only sheer luck and the grit of her father’s memory on her side, Brooke is about to turn the slaverunners’ world upside down. Morgan Rice has created that “against-all-odds” tale and turned up the heat to blazing hot in a tale that will pit one teen against a world gone mad. Fabulous writing, pure entertainment and high-powered fantasy comes to life with a bang! Enjoy the ride, white knuckles and all! Series: The Survival Trilogy (Book 1) Paperback: 226 pages Publisher: Morgan Rice (February 5, 2012) Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic | Dystopian Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    An action packed, dystopian YA novel, with a very cool premise. I agree that it is in dire need of some good editing and that it is a totally unrealistic story. This isn’t one to take too seriously, but I found it to be more of a quick joy ride with a kick ass female lead.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jay Jason

    If the book The Hunger Games was a tree, you would have a very hard time cutting it down. This is because there would be so many layers of depth to cut through. You would be too tired to continue before getting halfway through. If Arena One were a tree, it would just take a small poke with your index finger to cut it down because there is no depth. There might be some moss on the tree to symbolize character relationships, but it would be light moss that wouldn't be heavy enough to make much of a If the book The Hunger Games was a tree, you would have a very hard time cutting it down. This is because there would be so many layers of depth to cut through. You would be too tired to continue before getting halfway through. If Arena One were a tree, it would just take a small poke with your index finger to cut it down because there is no depth. There might be some moss on the tree to symbolize character relationships, but it would be light moss that wouldn't be heavy enough to make much of a difference. But Jay, books aren't trees! You might say. I would then reply: Books come from paper and paper comes from trees so indirectly books are trees! Then you would say: You're getting off topic! and you would be right and I would continue with the review. Sometimes I lose myself. Anyway, if you read the summary of this book, you would probably notice how typical and unoriginal this book's plot is. You would be right. It, like another book we know, is about a teenage girl trying to prevent her sister from competing in a death tournament after their mother abandons them. The fact that this book sounds so much like a certain other dystopian novel that we all know and love should have stopped me right there. To make matters worse, the author has a history of mooching off the success of popular young adult themes. She has a book series about vampires. But you know how the saying goes: You can't judge a book by its stereotypical plot or its author with a history of writing knock-offs. With that in mind, I read the book. Big mistake. Arena One can easily be fit split into five parts. The plot is so lacking in depth that I can summarize those parts in sentence fragments. Part 1: Nature Walk Part 2: Car Chase Part 3: Arena Fighting Part 4: Rescue Attempt, Part 1 Part 5: Rescue Attempt, Part 2 This book is full of unrealistic action. The protagonist barely escapes death so many times that it is sickening. The writing is awful. Sometimes phrases are repeated over and over again. The editing could also be to blame for this. Arena One boasts no character development, little to think about, and a love triangle. (If you don't think a love triangle is a bad thing, you haven't read enough YA books.) To the book's credit, the story is action packed and although the action is unrealistic, it makes the novel easy to get through. Bottom Line: If you're an action lover that just wants to read about fights and battles no matter what the writing quality, this book is for you. But if you are bothered by poor writing and little depth, leave this one on the shelf. Grade: D

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    I love how this book is really fast pace, all action packed, a wonderful idea for movie I would watch. But I hate how stupid Brooke is when it comes to Ben and Logon. Her thinking sounds like a 12 year old. I also didn't like some of the writing. The author was redundant and stated the obvious a little too much. Also, Brooke was a little too lucky almost all the time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alessandra

    This is, without a doubt, the worst book I have ever read. It doesn't seem like the author has an editor because there is at least one grammatical error on every page. The main character should have died at least a dozen times, and she comes out of multiple car crashes unscathed. Also, there is so much repetition, I wanted to scream. Whenever Ben was mentioned, the author always said, "to his credit, he did this." It got old. I also hated how similar the plot was to The Hunger Games. This book d This is, without a doubt, the worst book I have ever read. It doesn't seem like the author has an editor because there is at least one grammatical error on every page. The main character should have died at least a dozen times, and she comes out of multiple car crashes unscathed. Also, there is so much repetition, I wanted to scream. Whenever Ben was mentioned, the author always said, "to his credit, he did this." It got old. I also hated how similar the plot was to The Hunger Games. This book does not even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as that series. The only thing original about this story was the government, which was poorly developed. The arena scenes basically described certain scenes of Gladiator, with teenagers instead of gladiators. There is also a very forced love triangle which made absolutely no sense. I have already read the sequel and it is even worse than this book. I wish I could stop reading the series, but I find it impossible to leave a series unfinished, although at this point, I will be reading book 3 out of sheer curiosity about how much worse the writing in this series can get. There are so many typos that I couldn't understand most of the book. For example, "light" was spelled "lite." It got really annoying. I highly recommend skipping this book, as well as anything else by this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The writing is fast paced and hooks the reader from the beginning. I loved how it started, with Brooke finding something amazing after all this time without the necessities. I was instantly worried for the sister, which created a sickness in my stomach. That kept me reading and then it got to the motorcycle/car scene. My adrenaline doesn't pump that hard when I've run five miles. OMG. I was wore out. Honestly, and many have noted it, there were problems with that scene and it went on too long. A The writing is fast paced and hooks the reader from the beginning. I loved how it started, with Brooke finding something amazing after all this time without the necessities. I was instantly worried for the sister, which created a sickness in my stomach. That kept me reading and then it got to the motorcycle/car scene. My adrenaline doesn't pump that hard when I've run five miles. OMG. I was wore out. Honestly, and many have noted it, there were problems with that scene and it went on too long. Also as others have noted, there are inconsistency problems in the book. I also found the writing to take me out of the story at times. However, it was an adventuresome read and one that I'd recommend. I loved Brooke's strength and that she doesn't always react the way the reader will expect. I don't need cookie cutter character. I want real people and Brooke appears to be that. The love triangle wasn't as fulfilling as I would have liked, but that may progress with the series. And there were aspects of this tale that were a little too gruesome for me and also too akin to other books. It's a promising story with some really great aspects.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Risa

    As a lover of YA, I eat up the crazy dystopia stories, and this one was no different. I read it. It sucked. Overused plot idea, awful character development (if any), multiple plot holes, CLICHES UPON CLICHES, + terrible writing. And to top it off, the addition of the love triangle with absolutely no background or character development was an awful idea. Who cares about "does he like me?" when you're in a post-apocalyptic dangerous world were you're about to die. The main character's good fortune As a lover of YA, I eat up the crazy dystopia stories, and this one was no different. I read it. It sucked. Overused plot idea, awful character development (if any), multiple plot holes, CLICHES UPON CLICHES, + terrible writing. And to top it off, the addition of the love triangle with absolutely no background or character development was an awful idea. Who cares about "does he like me?" when you're in a post-apocalyptic dangerous world were you're about to die. The main character's good fortune is outrageous and unbelievable; three cracked ribs, bullet to the arm, broken bones, snake bite, concussion, and she's still kicking. SHE SHOULD BE HOSPITALIZED IF NOT DEAD. Oh and if you plan on incorporating politics in your writing, please research or know what you're taking about before you include it in your story. Please, do yourself a favor and never read this book :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    This review is going to be a bit disjointed, but the book was much the same, so I won't take too much time to make this a great review. This mess only earned one star due to the fact that I couldn't give it a half a star. That half-star, by the way, would be granted only because it was something to keep me busy while I couldn't sleep. I confess, folks, I absolutely LOVED The Hunger Games, and this is just trying to fit in that niche, with no success. The 17 year old female protagonist must be This review is going to be a bit disjointed, but the book was much the same, so I won't take too much time to make this a great review. This mess only earned one star due to the fact that I couldn't give it a half a star. That half-star, by the way, would be granted only because it was something to keep me busy while I couldn't sleep. I confess, folks, I absolutely LOVED The Hunger Games, and this is just trying to fit in that niche, with no success. The 17 year old female protagonist must be super-human to accomplish all she does over the course of the several days the book covers. With hardly any sleep or food, she is capable of feats which aren't even close to possible. 160 mile per hour car chases in blinding snow storms, two crashes, grenades launched at her, battles with trained killers, etc. Its not even close to believable. Very annoyingly, we have the famous love-triangle, without any events building up to it. She questions the possibility of whether or not she has feelings for young men she has only known for a day, and wonders if they have feelings for her. None of them had even had a real conversation at this point. Overall, I can't remember ever having read such a carelessly thrown together story. There are two more books in this series. I couldn't care what happens next and won't be reading them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)

    Arena One is the first in a trilogy (yes there’s three of them, sadly) that many are calling a Hunger Games rip-off. Brooke and Bree survived the war by hiding in their dads hunting cabin up in the mountains, life in the US has been decimated by a civil war that turned nuclear (insert endless political rants here), the survivors are split into several groups the ‘bio victims’ or ‘crazies’ that survived the bombs, the slave runners and their counterparts, and those, like the sisters, that got out Arena One is the first in a trilogy (yes there’s three of them, sadly) that many are calling a Hunger Games rip-off. Brooke and Bree survived the war by hiding in their dads hunting cabin up in the mountains, life in the US has been decimated by a civil war that turned nuclear (insert endless political rants here), the survivors are split into several groups the ‘bio victims’ or ‘crazies’ that survived the bombs, the slave runners and their counterparts, and those, like the sisters, that got out and are living a basic life scavenging to survive. The girls are starving, winter is here and food is scarce, they can’t have fires as they don’t want to attract the slave runners (which are exactly what you think they are - they take the survivers, turning them into slaves or take them to Arena one to fight to the death for entertainment). But of course Brooke’s younger sister Bree is taken when Brooke is away and she has to get her back, thus starts an endless journey where she faces challenges beyond imagination and fights to get her sister back. Along the way she meets Ben who’s brother is in the same car as Bree, and they work together (insert cliched love interest here, the triangle comes later). I really don’t know what to say. The book was like an early Jackie Chan film, or some low budget Van Damme movie. Dialogue was horrendous, the plot ridiculous and everything was so far from believable that it might as well have had pink unicorns in. The writing was shocking (I’m paraphrasing here to give you an idea) ‘I was shocked, I couldn’t believe my eyes, there was an amazing array of jars in front of my shocked, amazed eyes, I blinked away my amazement, still shocked and was amazed to see they were still there, and to my further shock and amazement they were full of amazing products’ and on and on. This girl used ‘shocked’ ‘amazed’ ‘unbelievable’ and didn't believer her eyes on every other line, in many cases using the same words over and over again. You may think I’m exaggerating but I’m really not. It would make a good drinking game, take a shot every time she’s amazed, you’ll be out cold by page 3. Its not just her amazement either, its the descriptions of everything that are repetitive - the spiked walls of the cage had large spikes sticking out, ready to spike their next victim (or something like that). Then there was the superhuman healing abilities of Brooke, she broke ribs, crashed cars, she was bitten by snakes, had an infection that was so bad she collapsed, but one dose of penicillin cleared it right up, she was starved, punched, shot and so on and so on, yet manages to drive humvees at 100mph and more, jump off buildings and more. The characters were completely unlikeable, Brooke needs to be shot down with her ‘me me me me’ attitude, which she pretends is about her sister, but in reality is about how the loss of her sister affects HER. She is a right bint (I love that word). Ben is worth nothing, he can’t fight (yet somehow survives - how?!), he’s a wimp and in all honesty the sort of guy I’d of left behind. There was a lot of discussion about Rice’s politics and the bias in the book, as a UK reviewer I don’t really know a republican from a democrat so can’t comment, what I can say is that it was yet another thing that was beyond belief (see I’m channeling Brooke now). To expect the world to sit by and watch as the US destroys itself, not likely. So I hear you say - why two stars? Because it was a train wreck, but one you can’t look away from, whereas some books (**carrier of the mark**), I just wanted to end, I enjoyed the guilty pleasure that Arena One is. Once you get past the stupidity that is the plot, the characters and the writing, and accept it for what it is - a fun piece of dumb action, you can enjoy it. I would even go so far to say that I’d consider book 2, maybe not yet, I need to be unamazed for a bit, but one day.

  16. 4 out of 5

    TarynXO

    I felt my opinion changed for this book more times then I would like. I feel that comparing it to the Hunger Games ruined it for me. Although The Hunger Games was an amazing series, I don't like knowing that this book was written because of it. I kept comparing it with the two and that brought my hopes for this book down significantly. There were so many different things in this book that seemed to almost copy the Hunger Games. Morgan Rice has a great imagination and I loved her Vampire Journals I felt my opinion changed for this book more times then I would like. I feel that comparing it to the Hunger Games ruined it for me. Although The Hunger Games was an amazing series, I don't like knowing that this book was written because of it. I kept comparing it with the two and that brought my hopes for this book down significantly. There were so many different things in this book that seemed to almost copy the Hunger Games. Morgan Rice has a great imagination and I loved her Vampire Journals and this is why I gave this book a shot. The beginning started out great. Getting to know the characters, understanding the plot etc. Then, slowly it seemed to turn for the worse. (view spoiler)[The whole kidnapping of her sister while she was gone was predictable and I actually awaited for when it would happen. I will admit, I almost wanted them to spend a couple days in the cottage that Brooke found, but that never happened. Then the whole "car chase" oh lord it never ended. Each chapter of them crashing, moving, crashing, moving again, just dragged on way to much for my liking. This alone made me wanna throw the book across the room and pray it would just blow up itself. But no, somehow I figured Rice would make the book more interesting. Then finally it ended, but then the whole Arena thing seemed to drag on way to much and after that I was sure I was to be done with it. Then Logan came into play, and I will admit, this one character turned everything around for me. I don't know why but I have some higher expectations for him. I hope she can continue to make him an important role or I will for sure be done with this series. (hide spoiler)] Another thing that annoyed me to no end was the fact that the end of every chapter ended with a "my world turned to blackness." or "this is what death feels like" or "this will be my last moment on earth" For the love of god she is a main character and we know she isn't going to die. I know your trying to throw some thrill and anticipation in your chapters but it was so expected and annoying that I seemed to roll my eyes every time I read a line like that. In the end the story wasn't that bad. I love giving a new series time to grow, so no, I'm not through with this series. I just hope that the second installment to the series is alot more thought out, and less rushed. I felt like it was one big thing to the next and I would have liked to enjoy the characters getting to know each other and spending some sort of "downtime" as we know a single human being can not with stain that much energy/injuries and be on the move through-out almost the entire series. So I give the book 2.5 stars, not great and I expected a bit more, but lets not give up yet!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Today I was cleaning out all my archived books and I ran across this little gem that I read and forgot to review. I should have probably done this a year ago but now I get to base it on memories and impressions. So here goes. I remember thinking this was a poorly done imitation of The Hunger Games. I remember that the main character was basically a kick-ass action chasing adrenaline junky on rocket fuel. Sounds great right? Wrong. Nothing about her seemed real and I couldn't stand her. I think s Today I was cleaning out all my archived books and I ran across this little gem that I read and forgot to review. I should have probably done this a year ago but now I get to base it on memories and impressions. So here goes. I remember thinking this was a poorly done imitation of The Hunger Games. I remember that the main character was basically a kick-ass action chasing adrenaline junky on rocket fuel. Sounds great right? Wrong. Nothing about her seemed real and I couldn't stand her. I think she was trying to rescue her sister (which makes the story unoriginal,aren't they always looking for a sibling after the apocalypse?)and along the way she meets potential love interest number one or two, honestly I cannot remember if there was a triangle or not. The entire story felt like one long action-packed chase scene. If you have ever watched a movie where there is a car chase that goes on and on until finally the car speeds off the end of the bridge, flies through the air and lands, bounces once and lands again perfectly on all four tires and continues speeding along no problem at all, well this is how the story felt to me. I also remember a puppy or a cute little dog of some sort and who doesn't love a puppy? The worst thing about this book was that the main character was unrealistically unbreakable. She survived mishap after car crash after high speed motorcycle chase practically unscathed. The best thing about this book was the cover. It really sucked me in. I don't know why, something about it appealed to me. I've read that fans of The Hunger Games will love this series. I have to disagree. I think fans of the Hunger Games will be really let down by it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I don't know why I'm giving it two stars. I think it's just because I can't admit that I actually took the time to finish a one-star book. Primary flaws: 1) It falls guilty of relying way too much on telling and not showing. I know it's told from the first person, but it reads like a middle school boy's poor short story filled with "and then I did this. Then this happened, so I did this. And then I did this." 2) Every single chapter tries to end with a cliffhanger, but it's so poorly done it's lau I don't know why I'm giving it two stars. I think it's just because I can't admit that I actually took the time to finish a one-star book. Primary flaws: 1) It falls guilty of relying way too much on telling and not showing. I know it's told from the first person, but it reads like a middle school boy's poor short story filled with "and then I did this. Then this happened, so I did this. And then I did this." 2) Every single chapter tries to end with a cliffhanger, but it's so poorly done it's laughable. Almost every "cliffhanger" is something like "and then I wondered if this is how I'm going to die." Well, obviously you're not going to die because the story is still going, and this obviously isn't written well enough to have an unreliable narrator (and there's still too much book left for that, as well). 3) Her abilities and how she emerges victorious over nearly every single thing thrown at her are just ludicrous. Sure, I get the idea of a girl who can hunt and who was trained by her military father, but her survival skills and the repeated deus ex machinas are just annoying and really would knock me out of my suspended disbelief if it weren't for the fact that everything else has already kept me out of it. 4) As another commenter noted, the one attempt at foreshadowing was just absurd. Foreshadowing is supposed to be subtle, not a hammer over the head with "Hey! Guess what's going to happen next!!!" I don't know why I finished this book. I guess I just wanted it to get better. Maybe one possible use for this book is to get a reluctant reader who gets bogged down by even the slightest hint of description and depth to start reading. Maybe.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mindi

    Three pages was all it took for me to start skimming through this book & cataloging the atrocities committed upon me, the poor, unsuspecting reader. Oh editing, why hast thou forsaken me? The colossally bad writing was enhanced by improbable, laughable scenarios involving our fearless heroine, who keeps insisting she has no idea what she's doing, yet managing to do everything amazingly well. All while grievously injured, undernourished, & starving. My favorite? Impromptu motorcycle chase (she's Three pages was all it took for me to start skimming through this book & cataloging the atrocities committed upon me, the poor, unsuspecting reader. Oh editing, why hast thou forsaken me? The colossally bad writing was enhanced by improbable, laughable scenarios involving our fearless heroine, who keeps insisting she has no idea what she's doing, yet managing to do everything amazingly well. All while grievously injured, undernourished, & starving. My favorite? Impromptu motorcycle chase (she's chasing cars) of speeds up to 160 mph on icy winter roads, culminating in her ramming a car at 150 mph. Car's driver is killed, our heroine survives with bruises. Wow. I could go on. And on. And on. But unlike this book at 1211 pages (ebook), I know when to stop beating a dead horse. If the premise of this book sounds interesting to you, please pick up Blood Red Road by Moira Young instead. Similar concept only it's, um, brilliant.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tania Rock

    This is another great work by Morgan Rice, which I was able to read for free on Goodreads. I loved this book; it was a perfect combination of strong characters, an amazing environment and a ton of "edge of your seat" action. Not giving too much away, this book follows the trials and tribulations of an older sister during a post-apocalyptic event.  Enter the presence of radioactively damaged humans and "slave runners" and her already difficult life gets even more challenging.  To make things even m This is another great work by Morgan Rice, which I was able to read for free on Goodreads. I loved this book; it was a perfect combination of strong characters, an amazing environment and a ton of "edge of your seat" action. Not giving too much away, this book follows the trials and tribulations of an older sister during a post-apocalyptic event.  Enter the presence of radioactively damaged humans and "slave runners" and her already difficult life gets even more challenging.  To make things even more interesting, Morgan Rice introduces two polar-opposite male characters who further put our heroine to the test. This book was so awesome I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.  Can't wait for the second book in the series, it can't be soon enough for me!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon

    Maybe mild spoilers. Not really. I can't quite bring myself to give this one star because I did finish it and I did like the overall storyline. But it definitely doesn't get more than two stars. The writing is full of mistakes, practically every other paragraph Brooke is 'shocked' or 'awed' or 'amazed' usually at fairly unexciting things. A lot of things happen suddenly too. 'Suddenly she found the keys' etc. there were also a lot of points where I questioned the realism. Especially when Brooke Maybe mild spoilers. Not really. I can't quite bring myself to give this one star because I did finish it and I did like the overall storyline. But it definitely doesn't get more than two stars. The writing is full of mistakes, practically every other paragraph Brooke is 'shocked' or 'awed' or 'amazed' usually at fairly unexciting things. A lot of things happen suddenly too. 'Suddenly she found the keys' etc. there were also a lot of points where I questioned the realism. Especially when Brooke is feverish and in pain with a multitude of injuries including a bad snake bite and is given an injection of what is apparently penicillin. Which makes some sense because it should stop it getting infected or something. But then Brooke goes to sleep and wakes up magically healed (pretty much) she's not in pain, her leg isn't swelled up it just all seems so unrealistic. But really the thing that annoyed me the most throughout the book is the totally unnecessary romance element. For most of the first half of the book, Brooke is chasing down slaverunners with Ben who she met at the beginning of her chase. A couple of hours later after minimal interactions mostly orders or shoot or get in the car etc. and while both seriously injured and still worried about their siblings we get this from Brooke: "I find myself losing my sense of time. His are eyes are so sensitive, so out of place here. They are the eyes of a poet, or painter— an artist, a tortured soul. I force myself to look away. There’s something about those eyes that makes me unable to think clearly when I look back at them. I don’t know what it is, and that bothers me. I’ve never felt this way about a boy before." It gets worse as the author tries to set up a love triangle later in the book and it all seems so unnecessary and out of place. Tl;dr: If there was no mention of romance, some serious editing and removal of unnecessary adjectives and better fact checking I'd probably have enjoyed this a lot more because the storyline was enjoyable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    Now, I must say this: This book was completely free, I would not waste my money on a stupid book like this. Firstly, Morgan's style of writing is awful. It's non-descriptive, stupidly fast-paced and sounds like a load of utter gibberish. Secondly, Morgan has no imagination. I didn't bother reading the blurb of this book, I just new it was a YA, dystopian, post-apocalypse novel (which was exactly my thing), so I thought: "Why not give it a go"? I started reading and thought it had a remarkable re Now, I must say this: This book was completely free, I would not waste my money on a stupid book like this. Firstly, Morgan's style of writing is awful. It's non-descriptive, stupidly fast-paced and sounds like a load of utter gibberish. Secondly, Morgan has no imagination. I didn't bother reading the blurb of this book, I just new it was a YA, dystopian, post-apocalypse novel (which was exactly my thing), so I thought: "Why not give it a go"? I started reading and thought it had a remarkable resemblance to 'The Hunger Games' (which is amazing, btw, obviously!!!) I was right. It DID… (I mean, it might as well have been copyright)! }:-( I searched up Morgan's other books and found out that they are called: 'The Vampire Journals'. Can you think of a book name like that?…'The Vampire Diaries' maybe??? (Which are a good series of books. The TV show on ITV is great btw, but it's completely inaccurate compared to the books. Team Damon forever!!!) Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that the book is RUBBISH. If you're thinking of reading it, THINK AGAIN!!! Oh, and btw, you cannot relate to the characters at all. They're just stupid, pathetic, wayyyy too heroic (as if!!!) and you cannot relate to them in any way!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jay Jason

    If the book The Hunger Games was a tree, you would have a very hard time cutting it down. This is because there would be so many layers of depth to cut through. You would be too tired to continue before getting halfway through. If Arena One were a tree, it would just take a small poke with your index finger to cut it down because there is no depth. There might be some moss on the tree to symbolize character relationships, but it would be light moss that wouldn't be heavy enough to make much of a If the book The Hunger Games was a tree, you would have a very hard time cutting it down. This is because there would be so many layers of depth to cut through. You would be too tired to continue before getting halfway through. If Arena One were a tree, it would just take a small poke with your index finger to cut it down because there is no depth. There might be some moss on the tree to symbolize character relationships, but it would be light moss that wouldn't be heavy enough to make much of a difference. But Jay, books aren't trees! You might say. I would then reply: Books come from paper and paper comes from trees so indirectly books are trees! Then you would say: You're getting off topic! and you would be right and I would continue with the review. Sometimes I lose myself. Anyway, if you read the summary of this book, you would probably notice how typical and unoriginal this book's plot is. You would be right. It, like another book we know, is about a teenage girl trying to prevent her sister from competing in a death tournament after their mother abandons them. The fact that this book sounds so much like a certain other dystopian novel that we all know and love should have stopped me right there. To make matters worse, the author has a history of mooching off the success of popular young adult themes. She has a book series about vampires. But you know how the saying goes: You can't judge a book by its stereotypical plot or its author with a history of writing knock-offs. With that in mind, I read the book. Big mistake. Arena One can easily be fit split into five parts. The plot is so lacking in depth that I can summarize those parts in sentence fragments. Part 1: Nature Walk Part 2: Car Chase Part 3: Arena Fighting Part 4: Rescue Attempt, Part 1 Part 5: Rescue Attempt, Part 2 This book is full of unrealistic action. The protagonist barely escapes death so many times that it is sickening. The writing is awful. Sometimes phrases are repeated over and over again. The editing could also be to blame for this. Arena One boasts no character development, little to think about, and a love triangle. (If you don't think a love triangle is a bad thing, you haven't read enough YA books.) To the book's credit, the story is action packed and although the action is unrealistic, it makes the novel easy to get through. Bottom Line: If you're an action lover that just wants to read about fights and battles no matter how unrealistic, this book is for you. If you are bothered by poor writing and little depth, leave this one on the shelf. Grade: D (2 stars)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Genre: Young Adult People have compared this to The Hunger Games. And I can see why, but it’s actually quite different. War has broken out through the US, and divided the country. Most of the population is dead. 17 year old Brooke looks after herself and her sister Bree - living high up in the mountains alone, out of sight of the Slaverunners who kidnap people to fight to the death in ‘Arena One.’ So far they have stayed out of sight, but one day whilst Brooke is out, they kidnap her little sister Genre: Young Adult People have compared this to The Hunger Games. And I can see why, but it’s actually quite different. War has broken out through the US, and divided the country. Most of the population is dead. 17 year old Brooke looks after herself and her sister Bree - living high up in the mountains alone, out of sight of the Slaverunners who kidnap people to fight to the death in ‘Arena One.’ So far they have stayed out of sight, but one day whilst Brooke is out, they kidnap her little sister Bree. Brooke, the daughter of a Navy man, risks her life to the extreme in trying to get her sister back before she is sold into the sex slave trade. Brooke runs into another boy her own age whose little brother has also been kidnapped. Together they fight and kill to reach their goal. Until, that is, they are captured by the Slaverunners and have to fight in the Arena. Can the escape AND find their siblings AND get back to safety? This is a pretty full on book in relation to killing, gore and blood - so there’s a warning for you. I’d recommend the older end of Young Adult for this book. Will I read the second book? Sure. I quite enjoyed the storyline (even if it was a bit far fetched!!)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Arena One was my first time reading anything by Morgan Rice and I found that I really enjoyed the story. It was similar to The Hunger Games in some parts but not completely. ***some minor spoilers below*** As far as the story goes, I liked the car chase even though it kinda dragged on and I also liked the parts where she was in the Arena.. Those parts had to be the most exciting parts of the whole book. I wish we knew a little more about the crazies. Their parts went by fast. Brooke is a good pro Arena One was my first time reading anything by Morgan Rice and I found that I really enjoyed the story. It was similar to The Hunger Games in some parts but not completely. ***some minor spoilers below*** As far as the story goes, I liked the car chase even though it kinda dragged on and I also liked the parts where she was in the Arena.. Those parts had to be the most exciting parts of the whole book. I wish we knew a little more about the crazies. Their parts went by fast. Brooke is a good protagonist. I found myself rooting for her throughout the book and felt bad whenever she came close to her sister and just couldnt quite get there. I kinda found myself rolling my eyes at some parts because it did get a little cheesy, esp. where Brooke talked about her feelings towards Ben and Logan. While I did like Ben's character, when it comes to Brooke's main love interest I found Logan to be a better fit. Four stars! and I'm looking forward to the next book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Yuval

    I'm willing to ignore how this book was mostly unrealistic...because it's fantasy and it can br my headcanon that everybody just had these special abilities to not instantly die. One thing I don't get - why is this book called Arena One when we only see the arena for like three scenes in the book. But I really liked how the characters are so strong - mentally. Brooke is as strong as those flowers by the river. I'm proud of her for that. And as much as this book has become kind of a guilty pleasur I'm willing to ignore how this book was mostly unrealistic...because it's fantasy and it can br my headcanon that everybody just had these special abilities to not instantly die. One thing I don't get - why is this book called Arena One when we only see the arena for like three scenes in the book. But I really liked how the characters are so strong - mentally. Brooke is as strong as those flowers by the river. I'm proud of her for that. And as much as this book has become kind of a guilty pleasure, I don't feel the need to continue on with the story. I'm going to imagine they found paradise and live there now. Lol

  27. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Somewhat better than the openings to Rice's other series, due to a more likeable protagonist and more emphasis on action and post-apocalyptic horror instead of wish-fulfillment, angst and bad teen romance, but still badly written, lacking in basic realism and with some questionable storytelling decisions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emi

    Summary of the book: Brooke gets lucky. I tried really hard to like this book. But I didn't; I finished it in a day. First of all, let's draw parallels of Arena One to Hunger Games and The Maze Runner! Brooke = Katniss Bree = Prim Sasha = Buttercup Ben = Peeta Logan = Gale Arena One = Hunger Games arena The 'leader' of Arena One= President Snow Medicine that might or might not be penicillin = high-tech medicine from the Capitol Crazies = Cranks Secondly, Brooke's character is very, very unrealistic, to put Summary of the book: Brooke gets lucky. I tried really hard to like this book. But I didn't; I finished it in a day. First of all, let's draw parallels of Arena One to Hunger Games and The Maze Runner! Brooke = Katniss Bree = Prim Sasha = Buttercup Ben = Peeta Logan = Gale Arena One = Hunger Games arena The 'leader' of Arena One= President Snow Medicine that might or might not be penicillin = high-tech medicine from the Capitol Crazies = Cranks Secondly, Brooke's character is very, very unrealistic, to put it kindly. Skills: She knows how to drive motorcycle, other cars, and boats and fire guns since she was a kid. She can hit a moving deer thirty years away in a dense forest. When she screams at the sky, then kick her motorcycle, the motorcycle catches. Thinking: her thinking is so simple. Most of it was her thoughts were 'I have to rescue my sister so I have to do this crazy thing' or 'I have feelings for this guy' or 'Dad said...' Feelings: Her feelings are sometimes really blank and hard to relate with. She's described as aghast and shocked at the destruction of buildings, but she's fine with crushing slaverunners 'like bowling pins'. And during a car chase, she feels 'like I'm in a videogame'. (Yes, videogame, not video game.) Life-or-death situations are serious, not a game. You don't get to respawn. Please, Ms Rice, use appropriate analogies. Events(Part I and II): (view spoiler)[ She almost falls into the Hudson, but a piece of metal lodges in the spoke of her motorcycle. She gets away, then proceeds to smash it at 150mph into a slaverunner's car. She gets away again. She hijacks a slaverunner's car and it crashes. She and Peeta -- sorry, Ben, gets it up. It crashes into a tree. Then it crashes into an ostrich. An Apple Store. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree. A pole (technically, it was more of a graze but I'm including it here anyway). The doors of Penn Station. A bunch of slaverunners. A train. Then, she jumps onto the train while it is moving before she finally loses unconsciousness. (hide spoiler)] Talk about script immunity. Thirdly, some words are way too overused. My sister has kindly helped count the number of times the words below have been repeated (my copy was online so she didn't suffer too much) : scream/screams/screamed: 103 times say/says/said: 125 times suddenly: 99 times huge: 65 times Here's some synonyms she could have used throughout her book to make it less tiresome: Holler (2), screech (7), howl (1), shout (6), yelp (0) Order (8), declare (3), demand (4), announce (5), proclaim (0) Instantaneously (0) I really wanted to like this book. It's action packed, and the idea for the story was amazing. Americans torn between opposing ideologies, gladiator-like entertainment for the rich and the privileged-- those are all interesting topics. But they were undeveloped, and the events were so unrealistic, Brooke was such a Mary Sue that it was hard to really get into the book. Most of the time I was torn between screaming in frustration or laughing at how unrealistic the events were. Word of advice: edit and proofread the book several more times.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karen Tomlinson

    Well not sure really about this one. I wanted a bit more from it I think. I enjoyed it( mostly) although I have some issues with some of it and did flick through scenes that seemed to go for quite a while. The heroine seems mighty tuff to survive multiple injuries, car crashes and the like, though she is starving and weak. Hmm, she heals quickly enough to fight in an arena and beat all the bad ass killers, despite her previous injuries. Go girl...! **coughs** In short this book is definitely for Well not sure really about this one. I wanted a bit more from it I think. I enjoyed it( mostly) although I have some issues with some of it and did flick through scenes that seemed to go for quite a while. The heroine seems mighty tuff to survive multiple injuries, car crashes and the like, though she is starving and weak. Hmm, she heals quickly enough to fight in an arena and beat all the bad ass killers, despite her previous injuries. Go girl...! **coughs** In short this book is definitely for those looking for a bit of a light dystopian adventure but it does not have fabulous world building and the plot and characters are not deep. Things aren't explained particularly well but maybe questions are cleared up in the next books. The romance wasn't the best, but it's there( sort of), again maybe it will be expanded on in the rest of the series. I don't think it added much to the story really. All that being said it was still an ok read. Not sure if I will continue the series. I'll think on it...

  30. 4 out of 5

    J.M. Sullivan

    This definitely wasn't my favorite book. It had potential, but there are a lot of errors and word choice issues that made it hard for me to get into the world being built and stay there. I will say that I liked the PREMISE of the book and that made me keep reading because I wanted it to get better. I really, really did. It just didn't happen. I think that if the book was put out in another edition with some revisions it could be a lot better.

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