Vampires have become a bit tired. I liked the earlier works where vampire were lost souls in the likes of Anne Rice’s work or monsters in the classics like Stoker’s Dracula. The current trend moved to vampires being a shoulder to cry and not all that bad has been painful quite frankly. So a book that has Werewolves living alongside the rest of us would surely be just as painful. Not the case with Percy’s work thankfully.
The buzz about Red Moon has proved fair. It started reading like a YA novel but develops into a much grittier alternative reality book with deep political and social commentary built-in. There is a certain level of romance involved in the book but it is most definitely not the driving force behind the story.
Political unrest, civil rights actions, social roles in a collapsing society play a much heavier role and make the book what it is. An inside look at the workings of terrorist/freedom fighters and the balance of vile characters on both sides of the species divide make for an oddly balanced look at our own society.
Seems a lot of reviewers aren’t too taken with the ending but I didn’t mind it so much. Its dark and leaves a lot open but hey that’s not the worst thing in the world for a book to do.
I’ll give it a 4.5 out of 5 for a book which will hopefully lead to many more from Percy.