Friday, April 8, 2016

New World: Rising


Title: New World: Rising 
Author: Jennifer Wilson 
Number in the (upcoming) series: 1
Genre: Dystopian

Rating: 5/5

Goodreads description: 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.


A few quick words: You know how people say for all books in the dystopian genre: "Oh that's like the new Hunger Games..."? I really hate that. Sure, it can hold some elements that are similar to THG, Divergent, TMR etc. And most of the time, the common denominator is... well... DEATH. But the dystopian genre is truly unique on its own, literally every single book in that genre is different with different worlds, events, characters, etc.


Review: Phoenix rose from "the ashes" like a phoenix 

You know how a lot of the time the main character, which happens to be female, is either really needy, or clingy, or so lovestruck that she can't make good and "smart" choices? Yeah, well, that's not the case in this story! Phoenix is truly a strong character. She is a girl that lived for years in a city that was totally terrorised by various Tribes, all on her own! 

She witnessed something horrible happen to her parents, and it haunts her. Especially her mother's last words, which at the same time keep her going.

Phoenix, at first with the help of her father's journal, of course (she was like 11 when they were killed), but later on with her own skills, resourcefulness, she is fast, smart, etc. She finds her own food, trades goods, she made a very smart system about moving shelters for the day, she likes to read, etc.

She knows that if she makes mistakes, she will most probably die. But when she does make a mistake, she curses herself for not knowing better and learns from it.

When Phoenix met the love interest, she hardly even noticed him. Which was a pleasure to me since she was in this "horrible" situation, and she wasn't like: "omg! I'm in this, like, bad situation, but look what HOTTIE brought me food!! *heart-eyes emoji*". She was chill and tried to think about the situation she was in and she tried to find a way out of it. 

I loved how in the beginning Phoenix  was not attached to anything (except for the father's journal, but that's understandable). She knew that she wasn't going anywhere, and that she'd probably get killed, if she tried to befriend (or something) someone. 

I also loved that she found someone to be attached to, so randomly. And I adored that it wasn't the love interest. 

Phoenix is tough and when she found herself in a position where she could find the best way to save herself, she chose it.
And when she was given the option to stay with "those people" and be "safe", she didn't trust them. She didn't fall into their arms and thanked them a thousand times. She was looking out for herself and the person she was attached to. 

New World Rising is filled with action, and cool stuff like weapons and warehouses, and good romance, and has a unique story, good characters and developments.

The writing is beautiful and the words just flowed over the pages. It was a fast and fantastic read!

The only thing that I didn't really like was that they had this super duper fast efficient medication that could cure you in an hour (or four days, depending on the injury). But I know that it was a way not to dread on about unimportant things.


Quotes:
 "Death was not what I had expected it to be. I thought that I would drift away, become nothing, and finally get the rest that I never had in my damned existance that I called life. Instead it smelled funny, like chemicals. And as time passed on, awareness of my body came back to me. There was no pain, no sight, no sounds. I just felt like a useless body drifting in a sea of nothingness.
I hated it."

" "Even the most gentle people have a dark side you know." I was trying to warn him
"I know," he said handing me the other bowl of soup. "It's how you control that darkness that defines you." "

"If destroying hell meant partnering with the devil, it was a risk I was willing to take."


Did you read this awesome book?
 If you did, tel me what you thought about it.
If you didn't, you should!

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