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From Morgan Rice, #1 Bestselling author of THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comes the first book in a new trilogy of dystopian fiction. This file contains Part One of the book only (24,000 words). New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are mem From Morgan Rice, #1 Bestselling author of THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comes the first book in a new trilogy of dystopian fiction. This file contains Part One of the book only (24,000 words). New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever. Deep in the wilderness, high up in the Catskill Mountains, 17 year old Brooke Moore manages to survive, hiding out with her younger sister, Bree. They are careful to avoid the gangs of slaverunners who patrol the countryside. But one day, Brooke is not as careful as she can be, and Bree is captured. The slaverunners take her away, heading to the city, and to what will be a certain death. Brooke, a Marine’s daughter, was raised to be tough, to never back down from a fight. When her sister is taken, Brooke mobilizes, uses everything at her disposal to chase down the slaverunners and get her sister back. Along the way she runs into Ben, 17, another survivor like her, whose brother was taken. Together, they team up on their rescue mission. What follows is a post-apocalyptic, action-packed thriller, as the two of them pursue the slaverunners on the most dangerous ride of their lives, following them deep into the heart of New York. Along the way, if they are to survive, they will have to make some of the hardest choices and sacrifices of their lives, encountering obstacles neither of them had expected—including their unexpected feelings for each other. Will they rescue their siblings? Will they make it back? And will they, themselves, have to fight in the arena? ARENA ONE is Book #1 in the Survival Trilogy, and is 85,000 words.


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From Morgan Rice, #1 Bestselling author of THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comes the first book in a new trilogy of dystopian fiction. This file contains Part One of the book only (24,000 words). New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are mem From Morgan Rice, #1 Bestselling author of THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comes the first book in a new trilogy of dystopian fiction. This file contains Part One of the book only (24,000 words). New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever. Deep in the wilderness, high up in the Catskill Mountains, 17 year old Brooke Moore manages to survive, hiding out with her younger sister, Bree. They are careful to avoid the gangs of slaverunners who patrol the countryside. But one day, Brooke is not as careful as she can be, and Bree is captured. The slaverunners take her away, heading to the city, and to what will be a certain death. Brooke, a Marine’s daughter, was raised to be tough, to never back down from a fight. When her sister is taken, Brooke mobilizes, uses everything at her disposal to chase down the slaverunners and get her sister back. Along the way she runs into Ben, 17, another survivor like her, whose brother was taken. Together, they team up on their rescue mission. What follows is a post-apocalyptic, action-packed thriller, as the two of them pursue the slaverunners on the most dangerous ride of their lives, following them deep into the heart of New York. Along the way, if they are to survive, they will have to make some of the hardest choices and sacrifices of their lives, encountering obstacles neither of them had expected—including their unexpected feelings for each other. Will they rescue their siblings? Will they make it back? And will they, themselves, have to fight in the arena? ARENA ONE is Book #1 in the Survival Trilogy, and is 85,000 words.

30 review for Arena One: Slaverunners: Part One (Excerpt)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    It started off very well. A girl and her sister are struggling to survive and scrounge for food and shelter in the wilderness so that they can avoid being captured by some kind of totalitarian group that's kidnaps/saves all the children they find... hmm, seems reasonable to me. BUT THEN the crazy car stunts at 100 mph start, and everyone is able to walk away from them without any serious injuries... I got bored 1/3 into it. It just got too unrealistic, when it had started out very realistic. Whi It started off very well. A girl and her sister are struggling to survive and scrounge for food and shelter in the wilderness so that they can avoid being captured by some kind of totalitarian group that's kidnaps/saves all the children they find... hmm, seems reasonable to me. BUT THEN the crazy car stunts at 100 mph start, and everyone is able to walk away from them without any serious injuries... I got bored 1/3 into it. It just got too unrealistic, when it had started out very realistic. Which would be okay, but then this crazy car chase scene just gets longer and longer and crazier, and will not end! It was weird and I got annoyed with the character and her indestructible-ness. Indestructible is boring.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shanti

    Mercifully short. Predictable and not at all pleasant to read. I suppose the one redeeming point was that I yelled at the character for being an idiot? So a believable character, if a completely stupid one? I generally dislike giving harsh reviews but this one was just... no.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lucie Šturcová

    Tuhle knížku mi doporučil třináctiletý kluk, protože věděl, že znám místa, kde se odehrává začátek knihy. Potud jsem byla ochotná dát čtyři hvězdičky, jenže pak to začalo. Taková snůška nesmyslů, že to ani YA dystopie neunese. V horách, kde je běžně -20 přes den, dvě holky, které neumějí lovit, přežívají zimu v nevytápěném domě ještě se psem. Nebohý čtenář netuší, že to je teprv začátek. Jízda autem rychlostí 240 km/h, několik nehod v té rychlosti, při kterých se 17 leté hrdince nic nestane. Ato Tuhle knížku mi doporučil třináctiletý kluk, protože věděl, že znám místa, kde se odehrává začátek knihy. Potud jsem byla ochotná dát čtyři hvězdičky, jenže pak to začalo. Taková snůška nesmyslů, že to ani YA dystopie neunese. V horách, kde je běžně -20 přes den, dvě holky, které neumějí lovit, přežívají zimu v nevytápěném domě ještě se psem. Nebohý čtenář netuší, že to je teprv začátek. Jízda autem rychlostí 240 km/h, několik nehod v té rychlosti, při kterých se 17 leté hrdince nic nestane. Atomový hřib v polovině knihy (to není spoiler, beztak byste tak daleko v knize nedošli a je to součást flashbacku), který v podstatě v záplavě "šokujících" událostí úplně zapadne a už vás ani nepřekvapí. Po asi nejnesmyslnějších zápasech v aréně, které byly kdy napsány už jsem neměla sílu číst dál a zbylou třetinu jen prolistovala. K tomu vás autorka neustále tluče natolik repetitivním slovníkem, že nevěříte svým očím. Ale nezoufejte, tato první část série má ještě dvě pokračování! Pár solidních momentů tam je, u některých jsem se i dojala. Ale to v čem jsou zabalené...

  4. 5 out of 5

    n

    this book is so unbelievable, the writing is terrible and there are so many sentences with all caps. the car chase scenes were too stupid and took up half the book, she was doing stunts at 160 mph and drove a crushed car for 20 minutes. the romance was terrible, right before her death she is asking herself if ben likes her. she knew Logan for three minutes and is already questioning if he likes her and falls for him herself. broke has so many injury's including two broken ribs and a poisonous sn this book is so unbelievable, the writing is terrible and there are so many sentences with all caps. the car chase scenes were too stupid and took up half the book, she was doing stunts at 160 mph and drove a crushed car for 20 minutes. the romance was terrible, right before her death she is asking herself if ben likes her. she knew Logan for three minutes and is already questioning if he likes her and falls for him herself. broke has so many injury's including two broken ribs and a poisonous snake bite on her ankle and can still run and jump onto a moving boat. this book is so badly written and doesn't have anything to relate to which is a big thing I am looking for in a book. I would never recommend this book to anyone so if you're thinking about reading this do yourself a favor, don't

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    The only real critique I have is that the end of every chapter was a "and we were doomed" kind of ending, to which at the beginning of the next chapter there was always an extreme circumstance that saved the characters from what would normally be a bad ending. Those extreme circumstances became a little too hard to believe after a while but you can't really be upset about them because you want the characters to survive and be together in the end. I read it in one sitting on a quiet evening and w The only real critique I have is that the end of every chapter was a "and we were doomed" kind of ending, to which at the beginning of the next chapter there was always an extreme circumstance that saved the characters from what would normally be a bad ending. Those extreme circumstances became a little too hard to believe after a while but you can't really be upset about them because you want the characters to survive and be together in the end. I read it in one sitting on a quiet evening and will most likely read the second one at some point.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This writer is not the greatest but she can tell a story. I was up all night, until 5 am reading this book. And then I started the second book in the series. This author repeats herself; every time Brooke takes a drink of champagne it says "it went right to my head" and she says this a few times. She also repeats other things like that. Also the heroine is in many high speed car accidents and she is thrown across the cage by a strong sumo guy, bitten by a fighter, bitten by a snake and yet she g This writer is not the greatest but she can tell a story. I was up all night, until 5 am reading this book. And then I started the second book in the series. This author repeats herself; every time Brooke takes a drink of champagne it says "it went right to my head" and she says this a few times. She also repeats other things like that. Also the heroine is in many high speed car accidents and she is thrown across the cage by a strong sumo guy, bitten by a fighter, bitten by a snake and yet she goes on. A bit far fetched, especially the car accidents. No mention of airbags going off at the time of the accident, preventing the driver from even seeing to drive. She is even thrown from the car yet lives to get up and fight another day. Then there she is with a man in serious apocalypse situations and she is wondering if "he likes me". Several times she wonders this. When she is thinking this over and over the guy in question has known her for maybe an hour, and they have not had any heart to heart talks yet. So he literally does not know her, let alone "like" her. So the story writing is a bit immature or high school. But as far fetched as some of it seems I am rooting for her all the way and literally could not put the book down. And I am reading the second book already. I like that it has a female heroine and that she doesn't give up, that she is inspired by what her dad taught her. So the author is obviously capturing my attention and holding it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    Let me just start by saying that in my version of Arena One, it was not even remotely made clear - or even mentioned in the small print for that matter - that the supposedly great offer of a freebie only referred to a short excpert of a book. I completely understand authors offering excerpts for free - it's a great way of allowing readers to see if they like your writing and hopefully encouraging them to commit to the whole book. That is not my objection. My objection is offering an excerpt as i Let me just start by saying that in my version of Arena One, it was not even remotely made clear - or even mentioned in the small print for that matter - that the supposedly great offer of a freebie only referred to a short excpert of a book. I completely understand authors offering excerpts for free - it's a great way of allowing readers to see if they like your writing and hopefully encouraging them to commit to the whole book. That is not my objection. My objection is offering an excerpt as if it is a whole book and then expecting readers to pay for the rest. I might have bought Arena One after reading the first few chapters - it wasn't particularly good but I had got into it and I wanted to know what happened. But, frankly, this just pissed me off and I wouldn't now cough up so much as 10p to read the rest. I have duplicated this review on Arena One, the full book of which Slaverunners is an excerpt.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Teenaged Dystopian Junk This was not what I was expecting. The detailed life of two sisters in some kind of dystopian world could have been so much more interesting than this author made it. The predictability was incredibly high, and the characters aren't in the slightest bit engaging. The most annoying thing to me was, when searching for her sister, our main girl comes across a young man (about the same age, naturally), and feels the need to tell us just how hot he is. Sorry, girl, but don't y Teenaged Dystopian Junk This was not what I was expecting. The detailed life of two sisters in some kind of dystopian world could have been so much more interesting than this author made it. The predictability was incredibly high, and the characters aren't in the slightest bit engaging. The most annoying thing to me was, when searching for her sister, our main girl comes across a young man (about the same age, naturally), and feels the need to tell us just how hot he is. Sorry, girl, but don't you have other things on your mind (like your kidnapped sister) than teenage hormones? The ending seemed to be a transparent effort by the author to squeeze a bit more cash out of the readers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laurel

    A very interesting start to a post-apocalyptic novel for young adults. my main issue with it is that it is set over one hundred years from now and yet the technologies and organisations, and the main issue that is the premise of the book, would be more appropriate to a near-future setting (three years from now, for example) rather than over a hundred years hence. surely technologies would be presumed to evolve over such a time period, not to mention politics. Other than that, well written with fe A very interesting start to a post-apocalyptic novel for young adults. my main issue with it is that it is set over one hundred years from now and yet the technologies and organisations, and the main issue that is the premise of the book, would be more appropriate to a near-future setting (three years from now, for example) rather than over a hundred years hence. surely technologies would be presumed to evolve over such a time period, not to mention politics. Other than that, well written with few typographical errors.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    Hmm where might I ask is the rest of the book...yea those were my thoughts after finishing this to find out that what I downloaded to my kindle was an excerpt and in fact not the full book. Disappointment doesn't begin to descried my feelings. Though on a whole I probably wont continue on the main character was borderline irritating entering the I will throw my kindle if you don't shut up phase... could've been better, hope it does for those who continue on but im just going to move on to other Hmm where might I ask is the rest of the book...yea those were my thoughts after finishing this to find out that what I downloaded to my kindle was an excerpt and in fact not the full book. Disappointment doesn't begin to descried my feelings. Though on a whole I probably wont continue on the main character was borderline irritating entering the I will throw my kindle if you don't shut up phase... could've been better, hope it does for those who continue on but im just going to move on to other things.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    where do I begin with this book? concept is good, everything else not so much. a 300 page book that covers a 36 hour period? yeah it can be pulled off but not by this author. This is book one of a trilogy, written in 2012....book 3 still hasn't been written. Looks like even the author gave up on this story. I gave it 3 stars because it did havr some good parts, but most of the time I was reading it thinking how I could have developed and written the story better. Next! where do I begin with this book? concept is good, everything else not so much. a 300 page book that covers a 36 hour period? yeah it can be pulled off but not by this author. This is book one of a trilogy, written in 2012....book 3 still hasn't been written. Looks like even the author gave up on this story. I gave it 3 stars because it did havr some good parts, but most of the time I was reading it thinking how I could have developed and written the story better. Next!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I hate giving bad reviews but I couldn't even finish this book. I may have made it to the 4th chapter. I just couldn't get into it. The main character was annoying and repetitive. I may try reading it again later on but for now its going to the could not finish shelf. I hate giving bad reviews but I couldn't even finish this book. I may have made it to the 4th chapter. I just couldn't get into it. The main character was annoying and repetitive. I may try reading it again later on but for now its going to the could not finish shelf.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dale Verchick

    Awesome. captured my attention! although the book isn't as well written as the "hunger games" the story captured my imagination. on to the next one. Awesome. captured my attention! although the book isn't as well written as the "hunger games" the story captured my imagination. on to the next one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Liliyana Shadowlyn

    A poorly disguised ripoff from the hunger games. Glad I didn't waste my money on the whole book. Well written, but unoriginal. Would give 1.5 stars if possible. A poorly disguised ripoff from the hunger games. Glad I didn't waste my money on the whole book. Well written, but unoriginal. Would give 1.5 stars if possible.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Adams

    Sounded interesting at first. Got half way through it and had to force myself to read. I will not read the other 2 in the trilogy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Renae Rogers

    I did not finish this book. I can't really remember the writing, I just remember I was too scared to continue the journey after a certain point. I chickened out! I did not finish this book. I can't really remember the writing, I just remember I was too scared to continue the journey after a certain point. I chickened out!

  17. 4 out of 5

    John

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kyrene

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vikki

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

  21. 4 out of 5

    savannah williams

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley james

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett Goggins

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Ahrens

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  26. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Mac Caisín

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jen Fanning

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristeen Shuga

  29. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Ellen Riggins

  30. 4 out of 5

    Spenstar III

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