Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Red Moon Red Moon
by Benjamin Percy
Hodder & Stoughton

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Jan Butterworth

Claire Forrester is woken one night by government agents kicking down the door and murdering her parents. She manages to escape by changing into her lycan form and running. Unsure what her boring parents have done wrong, she sets off to find answers.

Patrick Gamble boarded a plane to journey to live with his mother, while his father left with the army to fight insurgency in the Lycan Republic. Also on the flight was a lycan extremist and Patrick was the only passenger who stepped off the plane.

Chase Williams is a politician who has pledged to destroy the threat society is facing. Attacked by his enemies, he is becoming the thing he vowed to destroy. Hiding this from the public, he searches frantically for a cure.

The lives of these three are caught up in a war none of them want. Entwined together by events, they each try to make sense of things while struggling to survive. The plot is told from different POVs and the events ft together seamlessly with the timeline being accurate. The world is well thought out and the characters seem real.

I’m in two minds about whether I liked this book as the subject matter was rather dark and very gory. I HAD to keep reading to the end to find out what happens. The ending was truly chilling, masterful planning in an obscene way. The ending was left wide open and I assume this book is the first in a series.

The brutal murder of a soldier occurred in London as I was reading and some reactions to the killers were echoes of reactions to the lycans in the book. Ordinary peaceful people were viewed as radicals and it was sobering drawing parallels with what’s happening in the world. Marketed as a YA book, this is suitable for anyone, teen or adult.

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