Red Moon Rising
by Peter Moore Published by Disney Hyperion
on February 8th 2011 Pages:
Being only half-vamp in a high school like Carpathia Night makes you a whole loser. But Danny Gray manages to escape the worst of the specists at his school. Thanks to genetic treatments he had as an infant, most people assume Danny's other half is human. Which is a good thing.
Ever since the development of synthetic blood – SynHeme – vamps have become society’s elite, while wulves like his father work menial jobs and live in bad neighborhoods. Wulves are less than second class citizens; once a month they become inmates,forced to undergo their Change in dangerous government compounds.
For Danny, living with his vamp mother and going to a school with a nearly all-vamp student body, it’s best to pretend his wulf half doesn’t even exist. But lately Danny's been having some weird symptoms fantastic night vision; a keener-than-usual sense of smell; and headaches, right around the full moon.
Even though it's easy to be in denial, it's hard to ignore evidence. There's only a month until the next full moon, and Danny's time is running out.
Peter Moore speaks to adolescents in a voice that will have them laughing, set in a world that will get them thinking.
Red Moon Rising is not your typical vampire / werewolf novel. As the beginning explains, there is not only one (homo) species, but rather three. Therefore, these paranormal creatures are not made.. only born. But not all is peaceful between these species. Think 1950s / 1960s Civil Rights Movement, only with vampires vs. werewolves. And in Dante's society, vampires rein supreme. They are the rich and powerful. While werewolves are completely looked down upon. They are the poor, the laborers, the replaceables. And our main character is caught inbetween both worlds.
The concept of Red Moon Rising completely caught me by surprise. It is really creative and unique for a paranormal novel. And while I really loved this concept, wish I had known a lot more about Dante's world. Who decided that vampires are the "better" species? How do humans fit into the picture as a whole? There were so many questions left unanswered.
What bothered me the most was that for most of this novel, I was not sure of what the main conflict of the novel was. Is it Dante being half vamp / half were? Was it the possibility of having to suffer through the Change? I just did not know what the novel was building up to. And the ending… wait, what? … there was an ending? It answered practically nothing.
Despite some troubles, Red Moon Rising was a fun read, thanks mainly to Dante's Point of View. His funny, awkward personality kept me glued to the novel's pages. And while I was completely disappointed by the ending, there is plenty of evidence that we may not have seen the last of Dante. Which I really hope is the case because I need some resolution to all these questions that I have.