Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore is one of the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations for 2011.
Red Moon Rising is the story of Danny, a teenage half-vampire, half-wulf hybrid. Danny lives in a world where Vamps dominate society, humans wish they were Vamps, and Wulfs are just trying to gain basic rights.
Danny and his sister were given genetic treatments as babies to suppress their half-wulf side and make them look full vampire. The treatments worked for his sister, but for some reason Danny’s body rejected treatment and they had to stop before they were completed. People can tell that Danny isn’t full Vamp, but they just assume he is half-vampire, half-human and that’s how he prefers it. But when strange things start happening and his body starts changing, Danny isn’t able to deny his half-wulf side any longer.
When I first picked up this book I thought it would be just another in a long line of vampire/werewolf books that seem to dominate Young Adult fiction right now. I was pleasantly surprised at the real issues brought up in the story. Danny has the same problems as a lot teens: struggling to fit in, family issues, bullying at school and problems with the opposite sex. On top of all of his personal problems Danny now has to face the bigger societal issue of speciesm, something he didn’t care too much about before it became personal.
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Reviewed by Jane from EVA.