Sunset Rising Trilogy
(Sunset Rising #1-3)
Publication date: December 25th 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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Special edition of the ebook set of the Sunset Rising Trilogy, which includes: Sunset Rising, Worlds Collide, New World Order, and—available in ebook format for the first time—all seven satellite stories!
Sunset Rising: Born a slave inside a government biodome, seventeen-year-old Sunny O’Donnell becomes a pawn in a political plot that sparks a rebellion. Accused of treason and facing execution, she escapes with a man she considers an enemy and discovers she not only has to work with him to survive, but also lead the revolution.
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Worlds Collide: Sunny and Jack must continue a life of subterfuge in order to stay alive and find a way to free the Pit. But in their attempt to save the urchins, they uncover the horrifying truth about President Holt and the evil he could unleash on the world.
New World Order: While Sunny and Jack struggle to find each other in the lawless post-apocalyptic world, tensions between the Pit and the Dome escalate. In the action-packed conclusion of the Sunset Rising Trilogy, friends will become enemies and enemies will become friends on a journey that will lead to a new world order.
Satellite Stories: For the first time in ebook format, the seven satellite stories are included with the trilogy. Find out what’s happening in the Pit between books one and two, and get a closer look at some of the other people in Sunny’s life.
The Sunset Rising Trilogy ebook boxed set is up for the special pre-order price of $4.99 and includes seven satellite stories.
EXCERPT BOOK 1 – Sunset Rising:
(Sunny O’Donnell and Jack Kenner on starting a rebellion)I went at him as fast as I could, and when I saw the nose of the gun come up, I pushed it down and used it to give me balance. I raised my leg and kicked him in his side. His grip on the gun loosened for a second, and I grabbed it with both hands while swinging my leg in a backward arc that brought me behind him. I brought the gun up under his throat and held it there. I heard people clapping and looked up to see them staring at me.
“You do catch on quickly,” Jack said, smiling.
I loosened my grip on the rifle, and he lowered it. “Am I scaring you, Jack?”
Suddenly Jack’s hands were on me, and he threw me over his hip. I hit the floor with an ungraceful flop.
“A little bit.” He stepped away and left me to pick myself up. “It’s going to be lights out soon, so we should wrap it up,” he said to the room.
“Can we try again tomorrow?” Raine asked.
Jack looked around the room to see if anyone else was interested. Most people wanted to come back. Jack asked the guards, and they agreed as well.
“You were amazing tonight,” Jack said once we were alone. “You blew me away.”
“I guess it went well.”
“You were great, but we only had maybe fifty people in that room, not nearly enough to take on the few hundred guards that patrol down here. I told you before, power comes with numbers, and we don’t have numbers.”
“I don’t think we stand much of a chance anyway. I expect someone in that room will gladly turn us in for the four hundred credits Holt is offering.”
When we arrived at our apartment, I scanned my hand across the lock and went in.
“I know. I think that too.” Jack shut the door behind him. Then he picked up one of the chairs and put it under the doorknob. I gave him an inquisitive look. “At least it will give us a little notice if someone comes.”
“I’ve always known we’ll be caught eventually, but now that it might be real, I’m scared.”
I didn’t want to die now that I had found a reason to live. I wanted to see this rebellion through and free Summer from Holt; have the chance to find my father if he was still alive; help liberate the Pit from centuries of slavery. I wanted time to finish what we started.
“You’re scared?” he asked in surprise. “I can’t believe the girl who stood up on a chair and convinced an entire room to start a rebellion is scared.”
“And you’re not?”
“Terrified. Hey, what was wrong with Raine’s wife? She seemed a little out of it.”
“Women get that way after they’re sterilized.”
“After they’re what?”
“Sterilized.” He had an odd look on his face. “You must know about the Sterilization Program. Your government came up with it ten years ago. If a couple doesn’t qualify to have a child, the woman is sterilized, and whatever they inject her with makes her go… blank. The injection changes a woman. She’s not as full of life as she used to be.”
Jack was staring at me with a horrified look on his face when the lights went out, leaving us in darkness. Maybe he didn’t know about that program.
“We should get some sleep,” I said.
“I’ll take the chair.”
“No. We shared last night, we can do it again tonight.” Considering the way I responded to his kiss this morning, it probably wasn’t a good idea. But we both needed a decent sleep. Jack was exhausted from sleeping in the chair, and I couldn’t afford to be tired and sloppy with Madi as my supervisor.
“Are you sure?”
“Yeah. Just stay on your on side of the bed.” But I didn’t really mean it. I walked toward the bedroom.
“That bed isn’t big enough to have sides.” He stumbled after me, knocking a chair over.
“You really can’t see, can you?”
“And you’re surprised? It’s pitch black in here.”
I took him by the hand and guided him toward the bedroom. He took off his t-shirt and flopped down on the bed. Since he was blind in the dark, I stripped off my vest and put my t-shirt back on before I climbed in.
“It’s not pitch black in here. The guards use nightlights, and it leaks into the apartment.”
He opened his eyes as wide as he could and looked around the room. “I guess you have to born in the Pit to find light where there isn’t any.”
I rolled that thought over in my mind and realized just how true it was.
My Review of Sunset Rising book one-
So, let me tell you about my newest obsession. So, I love browsing for books on Netgalley, and sometimes I find some seriously awesome books. Well, this one happens to be one of those. Earlier in the year, when the author was finishing up the series, the publisher put book one on Netgalley. I requested it and got it, then I got busy. Well, then I signed up for a blitz to help promote the author doing this series in a box set for a sale, and remembered I had this book. So, I picked it up. At first, I didn't think I would like it. But by the I dunno 4th paragraph, it was over- I was hooked. I could not put this one down. And I mean that. I pulled a mostly all nighter to read this one through. I needed to know what was going to happen like right now. And now I'm sad, because I ordered that box set, and I have to wait for it to be published- PS the boxed set is freaking cheap- $5 for all three books and her novellas of other characters are also included. *sigh* I will be patient, it's only a 2 week wait LOL But let me tell you all about it.
So, World War III happens. Now, don't go thinking hunger games, this isn't that kinda thing. This is where the government built a dome in case, for them to live in, and a good bit of citizens find out, and barge in. Ok, it's more complicated than that. It's seriously about betrayals and power and greed and sometimes a little hope. It starts with an explanation for the time that they dome gets sealed in. But Chapter 1 gives us Sunset- aka Sunny. She is a slave in the pit. Basically, the government people got to live in the top of the dome in luxury, and made those citizens their slaves and workers under ground. They call it the pit, and Sunny works there. She works in the kitchen. But living underground for the last couple of hundred years, everyone has dark hair, dark eyes, light skin. Everyone except her. She has red hair and she covers it with coal everyday so she doesn't stand out. Well, in trying to help her friend, she gets a punishment of "serving" the bachelor party of the President's Daughter's soon to be husband. This is not a nice thing, as those that "serve" are not just servers, they are also forced to service. Yes I mean that horrible way you are thinking. But Sunny encounters the President's daughter, and she is saved by the groom to be. Who want her to pose as the bride for their wedding to protect the bride from an attempted assassination attempt. Now, that is where everything goes to hell. Yes, it really does, or maybe not because living in the pit was its own hell. So, now, with herself and the groom to be- Jack- considered traitors and wanted for their execution they are on the run and in hiding. At first, I was a little mystified at Sunny, that she lives where she can be beaten on a daily basis, but is naive enough to believe people are good. Well, some are, but not around her it seems. But then, with Jack's help, she finally begins to learn who she is and to stand on her own two feet. She made me proud by the end of the book. I understand a lot of her mistakes, staying in a relationship with Reyes way beyond its time because it was familiar and all she knew. Constantly doubting everything she thinks and say and herself. But I also understand how she finally figured out that there's more to life and something needs to be done to help everyone in the pit. And Jack is her knight in shining armor and he will stand by her side. Jack is pretty swoon worthy, even with his faults. I felt bad for Reyes but I also get why Sunny kept putting his marriage proposal off. He has the right intentions but goes about it the wrong way. I want Reyes to find someone worthy of him because I am of course like everyone else team Jack!
The writing was fantastic. I loved everything about this story and it's a wonderful addition to the YA Post Apocalyptic Dystopian genre. There's a little cliff hanger at the end, but since all the books of this trilogy are already out and available, it didn't matter to me. I jumped on reading book two right away because I was dying to know what way going to happen. I am thrilled to say I found a new author and series to stalk and it was a great start to a new series!! 5 PAWS!!!
S.M. McEachern (also known as Susan) comes from the rocky shores of Canada’s East Coast. As a resident of Halifax during her early adult years, she attended Dalhousie University and earned an Honors Degree in International Development Studies with a focus on ocean development. Throughout her academic studies and early career, Susan had the privilege to study and work with Elizabeth Mann Borgese (daughter of nobel prize winner, Thomas Mann). An author in her own right and a political activist for world peace, Mrs. Mann Borgese played a significant influence on Susan’s view of the political world stage.
Sunset Rising is Susan's debut novel, which was published in November 2012. The second novel of the series, Worlds Collide was released in March 2014 and she is currently working on the third book of the series titled, New World Order, due to be released January 2015. For writing inspiration, Susan likes to go on long walks with her iPod (Keane and Moby are among her favorites). A few fun facts about Susan: she loves lattes, red wine, snorkelling, hiking and talking about herself in the third person.
If you'd like to read some satellite stories on the Sunset Rising series, visit her website: http://smmceachern.com/category/satellite-stories/
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