Sunset Rising (Book 1)

Sunset Rising (Book 1)
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November 12, 2013
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February 2024: Desperate to find refuge from the nuclear storm, a group of civilians discover a secret government bio-dome. Greeted by a hail of bullets and told to turn back, the frantic refugees stand their ground and are grudgingly permitted entry. But the price of admission is high.

283 years later… Life as a slave in the Pit had never been easy, but for seventeen-year-old Sunny O’Donnell it was quickly careening out of control. Her mother was killed in the annual spring Cull, leaving her alone with a father who decided to give up on life. It’s not that she blamed him for grieving, but if they didn’t earn enough credits to keep their place inside the Pit, they would be kicked out into a world still teeming with radiation. That left her to earn the credits for both of them. It didn’t help that her boyfriend, Reyes Crowe, was pressuring her to get married and abandon her father.

Sunny didn’t think life could get any worse, until she was forced upstairs to the Dome to serve and entertain the elite at a bachelor party. That's where she met Leisel Holt, the president's daughter, and her fiancé, Jack Kenner. Now Sunny and Jack are wanted for treason. If they’re caught, they'll be executed.

She thought Leisel's betrayal was the end for her…but it turns out it was just the beginning. 

Sunset Rising is Book One of a series. 

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Life is abouut the dice you roll
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What I Liked:
Sunset Rising, the first book, is an exhilarating dystopian series set inside a dome that is a fortress to protect that inside from the toxic life outside. Sunny our main character, is a citizen. Lives in the pit where those of the lowest status of citizenship live. She is forced unknowingly into playing a role of a rebellion leader, all for volunteering to help someone.
The interaction between sunny and jack is so heart-felt and natural that I had no problem falling in love with their forbidden romance, which is a consequence of unforeseen backstabbing by Jack's genuine love of his life. But unfortunately, Jack has no clue how things work in the pit or how hard the lives of the citizens there are.
Final Verdict:
Sunny and Jack are in not just a fight for themselves to survive the dice they have been dealt but also are determined to make things better for those they end up having to leave behind in their desperate escape. What they see outside of the dome is nothing like what they expect; of course, they have been lied to, and I can't wait to see what they uncover in book two. Will they make it back to the dome? Will they be able to make life better for everyone?
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