New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson

Title: New World: Rising
Author:
 Jennifer Wilson
Date Published: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing
ISBN: 1619845458
Format: Paperback
Pages
: 350 pages
Status: Read from May 8 to 9, 2016
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.25
Buy it here: Amazon • Book Depository • Barnes & Nobles

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Note: This review was originally posted last May 14, 2016

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Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.”

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself.

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Before anything else, thank you so much, Jennifer Wilson, for being such an amazing bookish friend and for giving me a copy of your book. Of course, to Oftomes Publishing for the stunning cover and the weirdly unique size of the book.

New World: Rising is about Phoenix who tried to survived for five or six years after witnessing her parents’ death at the age of eleven. At the age of sixteen, she knows (more than anyone) the secret passages, how to leap from building to building, how to hide even if the enemies are one foot away and how to survive living in Tartarus.

In Phoenix’s world, there are two types of civilizations: The Sanctuary and Tartarus. Tartarus is divided into five tribes, each tribe is more brutal than the last one. Imagine that? The last tribe is already brutal, what more if it’s the first one? There are more mysterious things in The Sanctuary that were not revealed. But one thing for sure, it’s as bad as the Tartarus … or worse.

Phoenix is perfect for the heartless world Jennifer Wilson has created. She’s strong, flexible and clever. She has every quality to continue living and survive. She prefers and functions well when she’s alone. All she cared about is her own safety and how she’ll live for the next day.

But that changed when she met Mouse, the cute little kid she saved. It just shows that no matter how cruel the world asks her to be, there’s still humanity left inside her.

There’s more about the two of them, a portion of their lives that has not yet been told and I’m going to happily wait for the next book.

I finished this book last Monday but I can still feel the adrenaline rush pumping through my veins. It’s as if I am living through Phoenix and seeing through her eyes what’s it’s like to live in Tartarus. I could feel the wind splashing on my face, the stench of something burning and rotting bodies.

I’m a huge fan of Dystopian novels so this book went to number one after I read it. I just loved how fast-paced this book is. It’s also quick and easy read but it never failed, not even once, to make me feel on edge. This book has everything I want to see in a dystopian novel. The gripping action scenes that kept me wanting more, the characters that I loved and adore, and their world … the heartless and ruthless world they’re currently in.

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As a child Jennifer loved getting lost in the stories of others, but struggled greatly with reading. A notoriously slow reader who stumbled with words and spelling, Jennifer shied away from books, leaning heavily on musical theater and movies to get her inspirational fix.

It was not until in her mid-teens, when a persistent friend convinced her to read the Harry Potter series, that Jennifer found her love for the written word. J.K. Rowling’s books opened doors not only to the fascinating world of a young wizard, but to a life filled with a multitude of literary friends and fantastical worlds. Once a timid reader, Jennifer now devours books and loves getting lost in a new series.

When Jennifer is not writing, she is enjoying life in Colorado, rock climbing, camping, exploring new foods, playing with her golden retriever, Duke, and sharing her life with her handsome and wonderfully supportive husband.

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