Benjamin Percy Red Moon – “brilliant, imaginative and disturbing all at the same time “

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.


About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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2 Responses to Benjamin Percy Red Moon – “brilliant, imaginative and disturbing all at the same time “

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m curious about what you found so compelling in the ending (I presume you’re not talking about the epilogue).Could you go into some details?

    • pipbookview says:

      I liked the way the ending left the idea that the whole thing was going to escalate massively. Its a bit dark and disgusting and the science is probably a tad questionable but the whole idea of levelling the playing field in such a way has a certain appeal.

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