Thursday, 28 January 2016

New World Rising (Review)

Hi there!

Title: New World: Rising (New World #1) 
Author: Jennifer Wilson
Publisher: Oftomes
Published Date: 5th January 2016
Rating: 5 stars

*Thanks to Oftomes for the review copy*
Synopsis: Since witnessing her parents' murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix's only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother's dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, "Join or die." 

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself.

Review: I follow a booktuber called BenjaminOfTomes and was so impressed when I heard he was making a publishing company! He has since published plenty of books and I saw all of them whizz by. But there was something about New World Rising that prompted me to send an email to the publishing company and request a review copy of the book. I was so happy to be approved and now in the end I loved this book! It was well worth requesting and even if it wasn't, we could just look at that beautiful cover all day because it really is gorgeous. 

After turning the first page of this novel I was already sucked into the world. How could it happen so quickly? That's because before we even get to the novel there are some beautiful drawings and sketches of the different kinds of tribe members and their identifying features. We also get a map of the city and if there is a map in a novel it's already bonus points in my opinion. 

It also makes sense for those sketches to be there - in this novel Phoenix uses a journal left by her deceased parents to help her survive in Tartarus which is definitely not an easy task with or without a journal. If you watch Supernatural like I do, you'll know about the journal that the dad leaves Sam and Dean. It's that kind of journal!

The world building was one of my favourite things about this novel. There's a lot of detail that has gone into the world, and we can see that from the way Phoenix travels around Tartarus and what she does. I also liked how each of the tribes were so different. We get to encounter them all in different ways and to me it was just so interesting to see their dynamics and how they worked. It was definitely ruthless.

We can immediately feel sympathy for the main character because we get to read about her losing her parents and understand how it happens. There then is a little time jump to hwen she is of age and it is surprising to see how much she has developed and steeled herself. And yet when the time comes to either rescuing someone else who is a child or saving herself, she still has enough humanity in herself to try and save the child. 

Wilson should also be applauded for her writing style. It was written beautifully. Although I felt like a few conversations were a little stiff, (they were few and far between) the rest of the writing flowed smoothly and just added so much to the story. The descriptions and imagery had me blown away and loving every minute I was sucked into this world. 

This is a dystopian book because usually those follow a certain formula and that can get boring after a while. But boring is the LAST word I would use to describe this book. Maybe a few elements of a dystopian do trail into this one, but Wilson puts her own spin on things which makes this novel so unique. 

If that wasn't enough, we have a lovely main character called Triven who is the love interest. Like Phoenix, he is a book lover (more bonus points!) and reading actually is the first thing that brings them together. Triven is a true gentleman and really knows Phoenix incredibly well - sometimes better than she knows herself. The romance stays clean, which is good for a YA book, but is still enough to have me smiling. 

Mouse is the child that Phoenix saves. To avoid spoilers I won't say much about her but that child is definitely such a sweetheart.

Phoenix's biggest fear is being trapped underground. This makes sense because that's where she was when her parents died. This fear comes back a lot in the novel because it's the kind of experience that haunts you. What I liked about the plot was that even though there was a general issue to overcome, Phoenix had her own personal ones to overcome as well.
My feels with this book
All in all, someone needs to get book two to me ASAP! The cliffhanger ending had me pacing in frustration. I usually stay clear from reading the beginning of the next book that usually appears after the acknowledgements, but this time I couldn't help myself! All it did was throw another twist to the mix that makes me want book two all the more. A must read from me!

Links: Find it on Amazon and Goodreads!

Olivia's Question: Do you have a particular childhood experience that is a memory you won't ever forget?

Olivia-Savannah x

30 comments:

  1. Glad to see you found a book you absolutely loved that you can't wait to read the sequel. I know how it feels to be impatient for the next book so until you do & to save some finger nails, woosah. On the plus side book 2 was recently published last September so you probably don't have to wait long.

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    1. I needed a book like this, and it seems like since reading it I have just found more and more like it! I can't wait to get my hands on New World: Ashes.

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  2. Hi, Olivia - I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I love the name Phoenix. It's really pretty. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. It also has a lot of symbolism in the novel as well :3

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  3. [ Smiles ] Okay, this book is deep; a child witnessing the death of their parents at the age of eleven.

    Another great book that is worth reading!

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    1. Yes, this one does get deeply emotional about some of the issues here.

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  4. I have a few different childhood memories I remember! :) I LOVE the sound of this one, will definitely be trying to get a copy of this one myself.

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    1. I hope you can get your hands on it and read it love it like I did!

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  5. I'm picky when it comes to this genre,,lately. I may have to add this, since you love it so much. How can I not, with the name Tartarus?

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    1. I am too because I have read so much dystopian and a lot of it seems too similar. But despite this, I thought this was pretty unique and I enjoyed it.

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  6. The cover is already gorgeous and I love it when books also have drawings on the inside. The premise sounds really good and worldbuilding is one of my favorite elements in fantasy/sci-fi books! I just need to read this! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. I hope you can love it! And yes, all the coverlove and drawing love!

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  7. I've been wanting to pick up this book for a while both in support of Benjamin's publishing business and because the cover is so stunning! Now there's no doubt in my mind that I need this book in my life, it sounds amazing and I'm so glad that you loved it :D thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Happy reading
    Enchanted by YA

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    1. You definitely do need this one <3 I hope you can enjoy it, especially as you have been on the lookout for it for a while!

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  8. Sounds like wonderful world building in this one,and cover def catches my eye

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    1. The world building was done so well! There wasn't anything more I could possibly want from it :D

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  9. It's been a while since I became addicted to a book. This could be the answer.

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    1. It had been a while for me too, until I read this one.

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  10. I turned to get easily bored with books that contain long narratives and sparse dialogues, but since you mentioned that this is far from boring, I'll take your word for it. I like the premise and might give it a chance. :D

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    1. It might be a little troublesome with that at the beginning, but if you bear with it then it will ease up and you could like it.

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  11. This sounds like a fabulous read. Sorry you can't read book 2 yet. Good to know it ends in a cliffhanger- I may have to wait a bit to get it so that I can read the next book right away. :) Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. I am looking forward to when I can get to book 2! Cliffhangers always get to me :D

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  12. I recently read Atwood's dystopian novel. It is not a genre I often pick up. But it set the mood for other dystopian reads. Great review!

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    1. I really like the idea of Atwood's writing so I need to read some of her books! Good on you for reading outside of your genre as well.

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  13. Wow this sounds great, and that cover totally has me! I'm definitely going to look into this one!

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  14. I added this to my TBR in a hurry! This sounds SO good, and I am such a sucker for a good dystopian- and there have been so few lately, so I am excited! I am so glad it isn't cookie cutter dystopian, I am looking forward to this. Fabulous review :)

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    1. I hope you will love it like I did when you get around to read it <3

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  15. I have seen him on Instagram and I never clicked that he was behind this publisher.

    I am so excited for this book, you have made me want to go and read it now, I love dystopia but I do like something a little different!

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    1. It's funny how sometimes we just fail to make the connections xD Hopefully you do read this because it is epic!

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