Book Review: New World Rising

New World : Rising
By: Jennifer Lawson


“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”      -New World Series

New World Rising is that rare gem stumbled upon and reinforces why I love the genre.

As the novel begins, the pace is not rushed. I was gently eased into the story as Phoenix figured out where she was going to stay for the night and how her subsequent actions led her to my favorite character, Mouse. The scenes were dark with lots of undercurrent tensions that let’s the reader know that there was a lot that was still hidden and will have tremendous impact once revealed. Much of the novels occurred at night but it was easy to follow the characters as they went about their business.

I loved Phoenix tenacity. Her skills were amazing to visualize while reading. I mean, her upper body strength has got to be incredible with all those pipes and walls she scaled! Phoenix had enough heart to excuse her arrogance; it was really a shield she used to protect herself from becoming too vulnerable. It made for a well liked book for me because I could see a glimpse of myself in Phoenix ( it is definitely not her incredible tip top skills haha) as she constantly reflected on her choices before acting. It revealed her maturity and humanity and those are usually not exposed in most dystopian heroines in the first book.

Wilson did a great job of adding enough background details of how Phoenix figured out how to survive and the very few people who guided her along the way, without it been to dense to read. It was woven into the present scenes.

My favorite character was definitely Mouse. She may be young but she was knowledgeable. She was very much like Phoenix that, once they set their mind onto something, there is no backing down.

I found the romance between Phoenix and Triven to be adorable and it helped Phoenix heal and see that she doesn’t have to do everything alone. Although I think it may have progressed a little to fast. But if you’re living in a world like Tartarus, every moment, every breathe, cannot to be wasted thinking whether you fell too fast for someone because the next day was not guaranteed.

New World Rising chipped away my recent discontent with dystopian worlds and I’m looking forward to the revolution in NW: Ashes
Happy Reading,

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