Friday, November 1, 2013

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

Title: Red Moon
Author: Benjamin Percy
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Length: 531 pages

Red Moon follows a bunch of a different characters through their own, somewhat related, stories. There's Claire, a lycan (werewolf), who's on the run after a mysterious man broke into her home and killed her parents. Patrick is the only survivor of a lyncan killing spree on an airplane. There's also a politician who's pushing anti-lycan laws and a lycan gang that's fighting for lycan rights in a violent way, and throughout it all there's a war going on in the country the lycans formed for themselves, which is under US occupation.

There is a lot going on in this book. Having waited too long to write this review, I'm having trouble remembering a lot of it. There are so many story lines, which are kind of related, but still make you feel like you're jumping around a lot.

One thing that was perhaps overdone, but I liked overall, was the rewriting of history to include lycans. Historical events in US civil rights are mentioned, but in this world it was lycans, not black people, fighting for their rights. The present-day treatment of the lycans is an obvious parallel to present-day Islamophobia in the US: one lycan kills the passengers on a plane, and it sparks nationwide fear and hatred of lycans, even ones who have been living peaceful lives amongst their human neighbours.

Red Moon is well-written, and takes werewolves to a place I've never really seen before. It has a lot going on, but for the most part I was interested in each of the characters' stories.

4 stars.

Full disclosure: I received a free ebook copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

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