“That’s my standard offer for prime stock”
[Duncan] watched his dad look over whatever on the chip and nod. Mr Jones scoffed amused. “Not even going to barter?” He looked back at Duncan. “He must really hate you kid.”
Duncan took a step back, concerned by the comment. His dad pocketed the chip and walked away to his office. “Dad?” Duncan whimpered.
“I warned you about your chores yesterday,” mumbled his dad. “Don’t call me that.” —The Arena by Santana Young
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Today I’m reviewing The Arena (The Chronicles of Everen Book 1) by Santana Young. Santana is up to be in my spotlight this fall so don’t miss this chance to get in early and read her book, then come back and get to know her in September! Arena is book 1 in the Chronicles of Everen which I think will prove to be a great series.
The Arena starts on on Gaia Colony but quickly moves to Neo Roma, a colony that exists solely for the entertainment of those who can afford to be entertained. Can you guess how they do that? Drop your guess in the comments and I’ll pick a random commenter on July 31 to win a kindle copy of The Arena.
Duncan is just a ten year old boy who likes to climb trees and dream about space ships when his world is turned upside down. After he falls from a tree and has an unexpected hospital visit, and bill, his father’s attitude towards him changes dramatically. When he’s handed over to two strange men and wakes up in a prison cell he knows life will never be the same for him again. Will he overcome the challenges set before him or will he give in to those who are bigger and more experienced than he is?
Duncan’s story is a compelling tale of a boy who is forced to find his way in a world he doesn’t understand and is too small to compete in. His naivete and inexperience will be stumbling blocks for him at every turn, but they may also be his salvation. After all, if the worst he can do is die what does he have to lose?
Santana Young has a lifelong love of Science Fiction and fantasy. She’s been writing for as long as she’s been able. When she’s not writing about the future she’s bust recreating the past with the Society for Creative Anachronism (S.C.A.) She holds a B.A. in anthropology and early forms of humans. She can be found at her blog, Author Santana Young, on Facebook and on her Amazon author page. I believe she is a talented new author that you should acquaint yourself with as soon as possible.
What I Loved
Duncan’s story is compelling. I tended to lose myself in it. I found myself rooting for him and crying for him. The mom in me wanted to pull him into my arms and protect him from those who would cause him harm. Young did an amazing job of making him and the other characters, a motley crew of men who offer Duncan varying degrees of comfort and distress, real to me.
I loved the ending. No, I won’t tell you what happens. I will tell you that there are several twists you are unlikely to see coming that will either pleasantly surprise you or make you rage and throw your book at an effigy of Santana Young. (Hint, if you are reading a kindle version of the book throw something else).
What I Didn’t Love
Ok, there wasn’t much I didn’t love about this story. My biggest problem is a personal one. This story has some violence in it. Duncan gets into a lot of fights and Young does a great job of describing them. Too good. I’m squeamish and I don’t like blood. I also don’t like my favorite character to be hurt. That made it hard for me sometimes. Like I said, it’s personal.
The Arena (The Chronicles of Everen Book 1) is available at your favorite book retailer. Amazon, Kobo, Itunes and Barnes and Noble. It’s E-book price is $2.99, and it’s available as a paperback for $14.99. But you could win a free kindle copy just by commenting on this post! Tell me your thoughts, or drop your guess to my question above and I’ll pick one random winner!
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