I fricken loved this story! Paula’s 5 star Review of Sunset Rising!

Paula Fetty-King‘s review

Jul 19, 13

bookshelves: r4r-doneseriesfavorites

Read from July 17 to 19, 2013
FABULOUS!!! I fricken loved this story! I have to agree with another reviewer who said this is 7 star book not a 5 star ~~seriously it is THAT good! First, the writing was flawless~ really, really well told. Think Hunger Games meets Under the Never Sky ~~ simply awesome! How is this not on every bestseller list yet? Listen to me now, please… if you love Dystopian YA novels ~~~ READ THIS BOOK!The adventure in this story is gripping from the very beginning. The world is described so well, it is all very real. The people of the Pit live with such sever oppression. While the Domers have such abundance. The characters are fleshed out perfectly- you really do suffer alongside them, and some are just so easy to hate. Sunny and Jack are both complex in their own ways, and make a fabulous team. Jack was a such a pleasant surprise. I can not believe the ending… I don’t know what to do now… Ms. McEachern, I am begging you to please release the second book soon.I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, and that is what I’ve given. I will gladly buy the next installment and the next after that. I am proudly displaying this book on my favorites shelf right beside Veronica Rossi, and Suzanne Collins.

What to read after THG? 7 out of 5 stars for Sunset Rising!

Zeina‘s review (Goodreads)

Jun 28, 13

bookshelves: favoritessummer-booksseries

Read from June 27 to 28, 2013
No spoilers.
This book truly blew my mind. It is pure GENIUS. At first, I thought it would be another boring dystopian novel. But as I got into the book, it sucked me in and did not let go. I finished this book in under two days because I could not stop reading.The general idea of the book is that since WWIII has occurred, the air is radioactive. Hundreds of people force their way into a structure that will help them live. The bad part is, everyone except the so called “government” are bound to a treaty which is otherwise known as slavery. People live in terrible conditions underground, are beaten if their work is not done right, and have limits to everything. Including age. Hundreds of years later, a teen named Sunset is caught in the middle of a situation between the brutal president’s daughter and her fiancé. Sunset finds herself the hero of her people down in the Pit and the people are starting to rebel.

Hunger Games fans will by thrilled to have a new book on their hands. I NEVER compare books to the Hunger Games, but this book is definitely worthy. This book is as good, if not BETTER, than the Hunger Games. (Sorry Suzanne) Yes, I went there. Dystopian lovers MUST read this book.

Sunset Rising: Favorite book of 2012 for Alicia!

Alicia Batista‘s review

Mar 29, 13

bookshelves: to-reada-must-readactionadventure,amazingdystopiafav-sr2ryoung-adultpost-apocalypse

I own a copy


I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Everything you are about to read is my full and honest opinion about the book!

This Book was AMAZING! Unlike ANYTHING I have EVER read! I enjoyed this book thoroughly and am eagerly awaiting the sequel! The writer has done a remarkable job with the descriptive writing and the plot was out of this world AMAZING! I look forward to more of her books in the future! She is definitely up there on my top favorite list of authors! 🙂

The Plot:

Past Time: Year 2024

The World has crumbled! In the year of 2024, World War III has begun! Fighting for survival and searching for any signs of hope, a innocent group of survivors seek refuge with the Bio-Dome Government! But all is not as it seems! They have to pay a very high price for admission! They have signed over their lives and their unborn children’s lives and all their other children to come after that! They had to sign a treaty agreeing to become slaves for the Bio-Dome Government and in exchange they were to be granted shelter and protection from the outside world and whatever food they were offered! They are living and breathing, but they are pretty much dead inside, and you could say they just sold their soul to the devil!

Present Time: Year 2307

283 years later Sunny O’Donnell is born into slavery. Forced to do what she’s told, when she’s told, if she wants to live to see another day! The citizens are subject to the cruel cruelty from the corrupt government called the Bourge! They are forced to do hard labor, while suffering from being beaten from the government! They are hardly given enough food and water to survive and are ALL killed off at the age of 35 prevent overpopulation! And to make matters worse the women are considered play toys and men and women in slavery will be beaten or killed for any reason the government sees fit! Things are not good for Sunny and the other citizens of the Bio-Dome and their in NO sign of hope! That is until Sunny ignited a uprising she did realize she was starting until it was too late!

Now tricked into a marriage and on the run from the Bio-government with her husband in tow and marked as a traitor, Sunny must figure out how to fix things before she is caught and put to death and made an example out of!

Doesn’t that sound AMAZING??? Yeah, I know it was! 🙂 This book is my one of favorite books of 2012!

So Overall I give this book an EASY 5 stars!

This page-turner is a must-read! 5 Star Review for Sunset Rising

Kerry‘s review

Nov 04, 12

bookshelves: paromanceyoung-adult

Read in October, 2012

Wow! What an amazing book! I couldn’t put this book down. As global nuclear war devastates earth, a large group of civilians storm a bio-dome that has been previously prepared for military and government officials. The Dome wasn’t large enough to handle the additional people so the civilians are reluctantly forced to become mining slaves to purchase a place inside. Two hundred and seventy three years have passed when we meet Sunny, a “pit” slave. Life is brutal for her and the other slaves. They are regularly beaten and abused by the “Domers” and “culled” or exterminated when they turn 35 years old. Through a surprising turn of events, Sunny’s destiny becomes intertwined with a Domer, Jack Kenner, who is different. They challenge their beliefs and the governmental system as they run for their lives.

I am shocked this is this author’s first book. It is excellently written, fast-paced, and loads of fun. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic fiction. It reminded me of Jeanne DuPrau’s The City of Ember, but even better! I would rank this book up among some of my other favorites in this genre, such as Suzanne Collin’s works, (such as The Hunger Games and Gregor the Overlander) and Neal Shusterman’s Unwind.

This page-turner is a must-read!

Better than the Hunger Games? Selina’s 5 star Review for Sunset Rising!

Selina Liaw‘s review

Mar 31, 2013

This book made my day.

I can’t believe I’m saying this but Sunset Rising is SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE HUNGER GAMES!!
Sorry, Katniss! But Sunny is So much better than you.
Sorry to all the Hunger Games fans but Sunset Rising surpasses my expectation.
Sunset Rising is a rollercoaster ride with a terrifying drop at the end. A beautiful love story filled with danger and horror.
The Greatest Book I’ve Ever Read.Sincerely,
P.S. Can’t wait for the second book. The suspense is KILLING ME. 🙂
See the review on Selina’s blog here, and while you’re there check out her other reviews!

Sunset Rising – Smashwords Reviews

Review by: Leah Watterson on April 10, 2013 : star star star star star
I recieved this book,in exchange for a review.
I would recommend this book for everyone to read.
This is such a fabulous book ,i couldnt read it quick enough,right from the very first page,it’s full of excitement right till the end.
i definately want to read the second book!!!
Thank you very much for allowing me this free copy,it’s an amazing read,one that i would very much happy to read again!!!! 🙂
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Peggy Obrien on April 03, 2013 : star star star star star
What a great book. When I first heard of it as a “young adult” book I was ok to read it but thought oh here we go again. Within the first chapter I couldn’t wait to keep reading. Great beginning, reviting plot, beleivable characters, etc. My house is a mess, my work is on hold, my kids are negelected …ok they are young adults they will get over it … all because I’m reading a great book!!! The only bad part was the ending……. BECAUSE IT WAS THE ENDING I never wanted this book to end! I can’t wait for Book 2 and 3 and 4 …. this will be one series I won’t mind rereading 🙂
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alana DeVille on March 26, 2013 : star star star star star
I LOVED this book. The characters were all so engaging. I too couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for book 2 – get writing PLEASE!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Tolmie on March 23, 2013 : star star star star star
What an amazing book! I kept wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next. I’m really looking forward to book #2!

Loved, loved, loved it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carrie Cheyne on March 19, 2013 : star star star star star
I absolutely loved this book! It was so well written and kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. I cannot wait for book 2 to come out so I can burn through it too! Fantastic job Susan!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: NatashaMay on March 15, 2013 : star star star star star
A really terrific read. I loved the premises for this story and how the author managed to bring the society to life. The plot was wonderful and pacing just right. I was really drawn into the book and couldn’t read fast enough to see what happened next. I was really surprised to find out what Leisel did at the wedding. She seemed manipulative from the beginning but I did not expect that. I was really glad how Jack and Sunny fell in love and that there was more to it than basic attraction. Seeing that the story had a meaningful plot and a message just made it all that more amazing. And the ending was awesome. I can’t wait to read the sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: robynn neilson on March 09, 2013 : star star star star star
Loved this book. I couldn’t wait ro see what happened. The charachter development was great and now I can’t wait dor rhe nect book
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Kerr on March 08, 2013 : star star star star
My true rating 4.5/5

I loved this book, although I did find some faults. I couldn’t put the book down. It was well written and provided enough description that it put the reader right with the characters. I felt every emotion and stress that the characters were feeling. The direction the book ends up taking was amazing. Love, hate, betrayal, politics, riots, I don’t know what doesn’t happen in this book. The 300 pages flew by and I was sad when it ended. Not in the way where you’re disappointed in the book but when you’re sad that you not only finished the book and the story has ended but that you also have to wait for the next book to come out to get more of the incredible story.

I couldn’t believe how much I loved this book! I can’t wait for the second book to come out.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loved books like Divergent, Matched, Delirium, Uglies, or even Hex Hall (the last one is more based on the romantic part of the stories then the theme).
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jude Livingston on March 04, 2013 : (no rating)
WWIII has started, civilians are desperate to get a place in The Drome. They are allowed to stay if they sign a treaty which effectively makes them slave.

Three hundred years later the descents of the military (known as the Bourge) have made life for the Civilians miserable. They are culled at age 35, barely given enough water to drink or food to eat; beaten and killed when the Bourge feel they have done something wrong; young girls used as play things – an uprising is waiting for the right catalyst.

This is the tale of Sunny O’Donnell & Jack Kenner. A tale of two people from different classes forced to work together, a tale of bravery, treachery and love.

I only put this down when the real world forced me to. I can’t wait for Book 2! 4.5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: CLaire Taylor on March 03, 2013 : star star star star star
S.M. McEachern
Sunset Rising
Book 1

As a YA dystopian novel, this has got to be one of the best I’ve read, and now I can’t wait to read more. The author has managed to create a remarkable future world, where the poor are used as slaves, and the rich live a life of luxury. The president is crazy and his daughter comes up with a plan that turns Summer’s and Jack’s lives upside down, changing everything.

Incredibly well written and descriptive, this book had me completely gripped from start to finish and I had difficulty putting it down. The character development is flawless, and their strengths shine through as the book continues. This book will definitely be read time and time again.

I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sam Jones on Feb. 17, 2013 : star star star star star
This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest and fair review.

World War 3 – Military vehicles are seen disappearing into “the Dome” Civilians push their way in on foot, But only the fastest make it before the doors are closed for good. With the radiation threat on the outside there is likely to be many generations in the dome.

Forced to sign a treaty that will see the Civilians treated as slaves in the pit and culled when they reach 35. The ‘Bourge’ live the high life and use the female Urchins for their entertainment. Step out of line and a beating is expected. When Sunny is dragged from the dark pit up to the dome for the bachelor party of the man who is to marry the president’s daughter, she doesn’t expect to be drawn into an evil plot by the Bride to be.

Her life will be changed forever and the man that she is tricked into marrying will have his eyes opened to just how evil the government actually is.

I struggled to put this down.(Loved it) It has a little bit of a “Les Miserables” to it. A story where a brave girl is not scared to fight for her people. The story of Sunny O’Donnell & Jack Kenner is very inspiring. Where a ‘rich’ man is helping out the less fortunate to help them revolt against a government.

I am really looking forward to Book 2 in the series!!

I give this a rating of 5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ellen Wookey on Feb. 10, 2013 : star star star star star
Living in a world full of darkness, where you know your death date and fear going towards the light. This is the life Sunny lives in. History has been changed to fit to the ruling family of the dome and being called into the light often means trouble and heartache. Why would Sunny think any different? She knows the routine but when given the opportunity to save a friend from heartache and an earlier death date, she lets down her guard for a bag full of trouble.
I fell in love with the characters. You feel heartache, pain, happiness and love all at once while running from fear alongside with Sunny. Even though there was little activity my favourite characters were Summer and Crystal. There were a few lose ends (fate of a few characters) I would have loved to read at the end of Sunset Rising but I assume they will be brought forward in the books to come. I am impatiently waiting for the next installment to be released…5STARS
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Reina Sungahid on Feb. 05, 2013 : star star star star star
Wow, this book was great.
Things I liked about the book:
-It’s romance and adventure together
-Jaw-dropping surprises
-The protagonists are kick-ass
-Interesting story line
-Oh, and AWESOME cover

I can’t wait for the second book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)