A Red Sun Rises
The New Earth Trilogy, Book 1
by K.D. Van Brunt
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Pub Date 14 Feb 2020 | Archive Date 01 Mar 2020
When the end of the world comes . . . face it on a skateboard
Nine years ago, an unknown poison called the “Red” saturated the atmosphere of the entire planet, killing off everyone except a remnant of immune survivors. Jake is a survivor, but the Red has left its mark on him, changing him in strange ways he does not understand. The answers to his questions, however, will not be found inside the gated confines of his small community.
Jake and his group are not the only survivors. A handful of non-immune scientists and their families also escaped death by retreating inside a giant underground bunker called the Hole. Unable to breathe the outside air, the inhabitants of the Hole search for a way to fix the air and save the species.
Seventeen-year-old Paige grew up in the Hole, skateboarding its hallways and chambers. Life underground is all she knows. Trained as a medic, her day job is helping find a way to cleanse the atmosphere and restore the balance of nature.
Paige and Jake live in different worlds, each seeking answers that seem impossible to find. Everything changes when their lives collide in a chance encounter. Paige realizes that Jake may hold the key to defeating the Red, and Jake, in turn, realizes that Paige and her people may have the answers about where he came from and why he is what he is. With time running out, the two rush to uncover not only what the Red really is, but also the strange connection growing between them.
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I thoroughly enjoyed “A Red Sun Rises”! The author used an overused end of the world plot, added their own twist on it, and made it completely their own! It really wasn’t anything I expected and I LOVED that! The author did an amazing job making me care for and interested in the characters and it had me asking for more after each chapter! It’s a great book with a highly I retesting plot! Fans of YA dystopian NEED to read this book!
Absolutely loved this!! overall tells an interesting narrative with a complex main character and interesting surrounding characters. Most of the characters featured in the narrative are well fleshed out and have their own personalities.
KD Van Brunt's A Red Sun Rises is a great (and timely) addition to the shelves of YA dystopian SF - compelling protagonists, a catastrophe with a (possible) mysterious secret, and a burgeoning love story, tainted by separation and the unknown. Brunt's characters feel real, with individual ambitions and desires, while avoiding too much similarity in their tones and voices. His world feels real, with just enough uncertainty mixed in to keep the reader wanting to learn more about the future post the Red virus. The action scenes feel vivid and thought out, allowing the reader to feel what is at stake with every potential encounter. The novel ends with enough oomph to encourage the reader to watch for book two; I know I will be.
I didn’t realize I was missing a good dystopian novel with a sci-fi twist. This novel took a used plot and made it unique. The characters were interesting and made you care about them. The twists were surprising and the plot was complex and the perfect pace. I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I would give it actually 4.5 stars.
I enjoyed reading A Red Sun Rises by K.D.Van Brunt. Although I was concerned that it would too closely mirror the current situation with Covid-19 to be enjoyable, I found that the pacing of the story kept me enthralled. The characters are believable, and seem to be aimed at young/ new adults. The ending of this first installment of the series was a cliffhanger; I'll be looking for the sequel.
In a post-apocalyptic world where a virus has taken hold of the world the theme is set. We follow the story with two different view points, one from inside a bunker and one whom is immune to the disease and lives in the world. I enjoyed this story it is well written with good characters and good world building. I am looking forward to new stories from this author. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for approving this arc.
First of all, the tropes used in this story are quite common, but probably because they work quite well. There is the post apocalyptic world following a pandemic. There are the few that were immune and are now finding a way to live in an emptied world. Nature has changed and is becoming increasingly dangerous to humans. A few scientists are locked in a bunker trying to figure out a solution before time runs out. And of course the star crossed two - one on either side. The skateboarding bunker medic and the changing outside boy. Most of these tropes work quite well for me and I enjoyed this book! Not amused by the cliffhanger (but then I never am) - I’ll will have to pick up to next book just to see how this plays out.. The reason for knocking a star of the rating is mostly down to some of the writing feeling immature and unfinished. Some repetitions, lack of editing (though this might be because this is still an ARC) and also some factual inconsistencies about the medical and virus containment situations. Sometimes this brought me out of the story, which just isn’t fun, but then maybe that’s not an issue at all for other readers.. but apart from that it’s a fun book for those that enjoy this genre of YA! Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for approving this arc.