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Red Moon Rising Hardcover – February 8, 2011

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About the Author

Peter Moore has been writing fiction since he was eleven years old, and became an amateur lycanthropologist even earlier. Because he studied hard in high school and ate all his vegetables, he was able to attend Vassar College and Columbia University. Though he briefly considered a career in the FBI, America can rest easy: it didn't work out. Instead, he has worked as a screenwriter, college professor, English teacher, and guidance counselor. He lives with his wife and two kids in Westchester, New York. This is his third book for young adults. He strongly denies all rumors that he is a werewolf. Still, he won't say where he goes every month during the full moon.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; 1 edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423116658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423116653
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Some people say that vampires and werewolves are over done. I disagree. It all depends on the authors take on it to make something common into something better. Moore has succeeded in making a vampire/ werewolf story that is entertaining to read while also playing at themes like segregation and racism. Cause some times it's nice to have a moral of the story right? This book was not what I was expecting at all and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Vampires and werewolves are known to humans. Vampires are exceedingly smart and can drink synthetic blood so they are treated well in the world. Werewolves on the other hand are treated as second class citizens and don't have many rights. The entire time reading about how the wolves are treated compared to the vampires made me constantly think of America's past with segregation and racism (specism in this book). There is even a character fighting for werewolf rights who is reminiscent of Martin Luther King Jr. Now, if your not looking for a history lesson or looking to learn about ethics and moral standards, don't worry. Danny is the character that drives the story and the back drop just makes it more intense.

Danny is half Vampire and half werewolf. This isn't the first time this has ever happened but usually it is taken care of by genetic treatments. This works for his sister. For him? Not so much. In fact, while he seems to need blood and has the characteristic Vampire Blue eyes, something in him is changing. He starts to get sick from the blood and starts noticing changes in his body (not the puberty kind). He has no one to turn to but his werewolf father that he hasn't spoken to in years. Danny is truly one of a kind.
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RED MOON RISING is honestly the funniest most clever vampire/werewolf book I've come across in a long time. Moore clearly has a gift for dialogue, as it is on the money hilarious and quick witted. The characters are all well fleshed out and vividly written, making it easy to become invested in them.

While the idea of vampires living out in the open, surviving on synthetic blood it not a new one (see TRUE BLOOD); the surprisingly original concept of speciesism is definitely intriguing. Where Vamps are considered the populations aristocrats, followed up by Humans and scraping the bottom of the gene pool are Werewulvs; Moore shrewdly creates a paranormal world that mirrors the American Civil Rights movement of the 60's.

Slightly awkward, yet sweetly charming, 15 year old Danny happens to be the unusually combination of half vamp/ half wulf. Fortunately for him he underwent special genetic treatments as an infant to allow the vamp DNA to dominate and forcing the wulf genes dormant. Unfortunately for Danny, he had a reaction to the treatments and was unable to complete them. And although his need for blood and intense blue eyes are trade mark vampire, his stocky build, darker hair and skin are obvious giveaways that he is not a pureblood, making his life in an elite mostly vampire high school, far from a picnic.

Moore ends with what can only be concluded as a set-up for a sequel and if the next book is as cleverly written as RED MOON RISING, it's definitely going to be one I'd like to read.
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Danny is unusual. Half wolf, half vamp, and crushing on a human. Otherwise he's a fairly typical high school freshman. Then things change.

The characters and drama are fairly normal. Not bad but not very special; if anything, folks are too nice.

The world is oddly familiar and disturbingly different. Vampires and werewolves are real. Vamps average genius level IQ, are pretty, and most are rich. Wolves are a heavily discriminated minority, penned up three days a month. Humans are the majority and baseline of society. The interactions are shockingly realistic and shine a harsh light on society.
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Red Moon Rising is not your typical vampire / werewolf novel. As the beginning explains, there is not only one (homo) species, but rather three. Therefore, these paranormal creatures are not made.. only born. But not all is peaceful between these species. Think 1950s / 1960s Civil Rights Movement, only with vampires vs. werewolves. And in Dante's society, vampires rein supreme. They are the rich and powerful. While werewolves are completely looked down upon. They are the poor, the laborers, the replaceables. And our main character is caught inbetween both worlds.

The concept of Red Moon Rising completely caught me by surprise. It is really creative and unique for a paranormal novel. And while I really loved this concept, wish I had known a lot more about Dante's world. Who decided that vampires are the "better" species? How do humans fit into the picture as a whole? There were so many questions left unanswered.

What bothered me the most was that for most of this novel, I was not sure of what the main conflict of the novel was. Is it Dante being half vamp / half were? Was it the possibility of having to suffer through the Change? I just did not know what the novel was building up to. And the ending... wait, what? ... there was an ending? It answered practically nothing.

Despite some troubles, Red Moon Rising was a fun read, thanks mainly to Dante's Point of View. His funny, awkward personality kept me glued to the novel's pages. And while I was completely disappointed by the ending, there is plenty of evidence that we may not have seen the last of Dante. Which I really hope is the case because I need some resolution to all these questions that I have.
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