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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.
Book 2 in the series, Arena Two, is now also available!
"If you liked The Hunger Games, you will love Arena One." (Allegra Skye, best-selling author of Saved)
"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." (D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review)
"Addicting.... Arena One is 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." (The Dallas Examiner)
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Sadly not thrilling, but laughable
This story started really well and we thought we were in for a real treat. But I've never listened to such repetitive drivel. We always listen to audiobooks on long journeys in the car and ended up laughing as the hero drives her car at 130 mph, 140, 150... almost dying at every turn, but being saved at the last moment; it just goes on and on. The language is also extremely repetitive, and boring to listen to for any length of time. This is the first audio book we've given up on half way through. Very disappointing.
The worst written book ever?
In a word? No. The writing is amateur - I have read much better Fan fiction and this is supposed to be from a professional writer?
Mary Sue main character, dreadful dramatisation of events, very poor sense of reality (140 mph crash on a motorbike and she walks away with a single cracked rib?)... I could go on, but can't bear to.
Wooden. Kept forgetting she was in character and returned to her 'narrator' voice in the middle of a sentence. And do Americans really pronounce 'chasm' with the same opening sound as in 'Charles'?
Brooke. Bree seemed far more real (well, until the car crash when I gave up listening)