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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!
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"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)
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.
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)
This story had great potential, but it seemed more like a rough draft than something ready to be published. The reader did an okay job with what she had to work with, but if I was her, I'd be irate that something was published with so many mistakes. Was it laziness or what? She trips on some words and has to repeat a phrase, more than once. Now anybody reading a book would do this, but to not go back and re-record that paragraph is just ridiculous! The same descriptive words are used over and over. The protagonist keeps getting hurt, near fatally, and then the "next day" those injuries are forgotten as she is injured again.
I don't usually write reviews because I'm not very good at describing what I've read. I'm also not a big critic. I enjoy "brain candy" type novels as well as serious ones. This was just so poorly executed that I feel like I need to warn others.
So, in a nutshell; the story had potential to be great but its execution was terrible. Blatant mistakes, unbelievable injury, in great need of a thesaurus and an editor!
Edit, edit, edit. This would be okay if it were a first draft. With a lot of polishing up it could have been great.
I don't think it was her fault...
Disappointment. There were so many mistakes I couldn't do the whole "suspension of disbelief" thing.
"Arena One: Slaverunners bk 1, pt 1 and pt 2"
What a ride!
Pt. 1: Brooke, because her father was a marine and taught her at a young age how to fight and take care of herself. So she is does whatever she can to protect and rescue her younger sister Bree from the slaverunners after they took her from their mountain home. Then she meets Ben, another survivor, whose brother has also been taken. This is when they team up to get her sister and his brother back. If, they don't get killed or put into the arena to fight and die first. Pt. 2: When trying to save Bree and Ben's brother, Brooke and Ben are caught by the slaverunners and are made to fight in the arena. It is amazing that they even survive. That is when they meet Logan, a former slaverunner, and he helps them to escape. All the while Brooke is finding that she has feelings for Ben and Logan, which confuses her. This is a fast and crazy ride and Morgan Rice has done a fantastic job. It's like one of the best roller coaster rides that I have ever been on, and I can't wait to read the second book. This a must read for any Morgan Rice fan. I give it 2 tumbs up. GO Morgan!
I like her voice she is very clear and easy to listen to.
No, being a novel I knew it would take more than one sitting to listen to.
I liked the flow of the book. It kept me interested to the very end. And, it kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen further down the line. It is also something you can actually see happening in the world today in the very near future.
"Not much there"
I really wanted to like Arena One. However, I found the story to be uninspired and uninteresting. Much of the book is just chase scenes. The combat scenes in an arena are reminiscent of a dozen other post-apocalyptic stories, and feel like poor imitation of the combat scenes in the Hunger Games. The protagonist is extremely lucky and oddly over-skilled for a teenage girl. While good fiction often requires the suspension of disbelief, that this girl survives at all stretches the bounds of credulity to the breaking point. Her growing romantic feelings toward the two males in her life feel forced and tacked on. Furthermore, never really get to know or care about any of the other characters in a meaningful sense.
The performer does a poor job. She irritatingly pauses after every phrase, and the only way to make it sound normal was to listen to the audiobook at 1.25x. She even made a few glaring repeated pronunciation errors! I think the editors and producers of this audiobook were not on their game here. In spite of my annoyances, however, I listened all the way to the predictable end of this audiobook.
Overall, the story was mediocre and derivative, and the production was blah. I won't be seeking out future volumes of this trilogy.
"Entertaining and a great performance"
I really enjoyed it. Similar to Hunger Games but still a good listen.
Easy to listen to, entertaining.
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