September 10, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson
Book one in New World Trilogy
Publisher: OfTomes Publishing
Publication date: January 5th, 2016
Source: Paperback gifted by Heather Masserang
Rating: 5 hearts
Worlds collide in debut author Jennifer Wilson’s graphic dystopian series where Divergent meets Mad Max.
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…
The first of a trilogy, New World Rising is an epic tale of survival, instinct, trauma, and the extraordinary power of human connection.
It had been a long time since I had read a dystopia so fascinating, Phoenix was born inside the Sanctuary but her parents fled the latter with her. Unfortunately, they were killed by the Ravagers and Phoenix ends up alone. She doesn’t want to be a member of tribes; consequently she avoids them while trying to survive by stealing food from them.
Every tribe is different, they carry distinguishing features as tattoos, piercings, or the shaved skull, and there are tribes at the top of the chain and those from below. All this is very well explained at the beginning of the book by drawings and handwritten note which looks like the pad of Phoenix.
Triven is rather mysterious but he’s a kind and charming boy. I like the way he protects Phoenix and his strength of character to stand up to a certain person. I also appreciate that Phoenix and Triven are attached to Mouse, Phoenix is not used to liking somebody and to open but with these two she will have no choice.
I really adored the story, the world and the characters; it’s a violent world in which it’s every man for himself or each for the tribe. The Sanctuary is a mysterious place about which we know nothing for the moment. Heights of questions are put and stay without answer but the book two being along the way I could say more about it afterward.
I like Jennifer Wilson’s style and I’m impatient to read New World Ashes to know how the characters I like are going, and what will they do and also learning a little more on the Sanctuary.
Quick Word: An excellent dystopia that does not have to palliate in front of others.
About Jennifer Wilson
As a child Jennifer loved getting lost in the stories of others, but struggled greatly with reading. A notoriously slow reader who stumbled with words and spelling, Jennifer shied away from books, leaning heavily on musical theater and movies to get her inspirational fix.
It was not until in her mid-teens, when a persistent friend convinced her to read the Harry Potter series, that Jennifer found her love for the written word. J.K. Rowling’s books opened doors not only to the fascinating world of a young wizard, but to a life filled with a multitude of literary friends and fantastical worlds. Once a timid reader, Jennifer now devours books and loves getting lost in a new series.
Jennifer had wanted to write her own novel since her early twenties, but unfortunately inspiration doesn’t always strike on command. Her first book, The Chosen, was completed in 2013. But as most first attempts go, it was a flop. While looking through a multitude of rejection letters, inspiration struck again, putting Grace’s story got on hold as Phoenix’s began.
New World: Rising began to fill Jennifer’s brain, flowing like a fully opened valve from her fingertips. What was once such a struggle in her early years suddenly became a passion.
When Jennifer is not writing, she is enjoying life in Colorado, rock climbing, camping, exploring new foods, playing with her golden retriever, Duke, and sharing her life with her handsome and wonderful husband.