A Review of Red Moon: A Novel by Benjamin Percy

red-moon-book-coverRed Moon: A Novel

by Benjamin Percy

First thing that I have to make clear, I don’t read werewolf books because I don’t like werewolf books. When I read the description from the publisher, there was nothing in it that clued me into this being a werewolf book. I started reading this book about a month ago, and right away I said “This is a werewolf book”, and put aside. Last weekend I was in B&N with my granddaughters and saw a big display of this book, I read the book-jacket, and it still didn’t mention werewolves, so I said to myself, “Maybe this really isn’t a werewolf book, and since I did request this from NetGalley, I should give it a shot.”

Well I did read it, all 544 pages of it, and it is a werewolf book. Sure, there might be an alternate way of looking at it, this could be an allegory, using werewolves to represent other oppressed minorities, such as blacks, gays or some other ethnic minority, but if that is what Mr. Percy was trying to get across, he sure missed out with this reader. The story meandered too much, the connections between the major characters felt forced, and the book concluded on a really disappointing note. Most of the intertwined characters separate stories end without really feeling finished or even believable. Maybe there is a sequel  planned that will complete the story. If there is, I certainly won’t be reading it.

I give this 1 star out of 5 and a Thumbs Down. Maybe, just maybe, if you are a werewolf fan, you may like this book, but if you aren’t don’t bother.

I received this book for free from NetGalley.com.

Book Description

Release date: May 7, 2013

They live among us.

They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.

They change.

When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge…and the battle for humanity will begin.

Product Details

Hardcover: 544 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 7, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1455501662

ISBN-13: 978-1455501663

Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds

About the Author

Benjamin Percy was born in the high desert of Central Oregon. He is the author of two novels, Red Moon (coming in May 2013, published by Grand Central/Hachette) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette 2013; Carnegie Mellon, 2006).

His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, the Paris Review, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, and many other magazines and journals.

His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Plimpton Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

His story “Refresh, Refresh” was adapted into a graphic novel — co-authored by filmmaker James Ponsoldt and illustrated by Eisner-nominated artist Danica Novgorodoff — that First Second Books (a division of Macmillan) published in 2009.

He is currently at work on the adaptation of The Wilding with filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams). And in 2014, Grand Central/Hachette will publish his third novel, The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark passage.

You can learn more about him at www.benjaminpercy.com.

The book description is from Amazon. Red Moon: A Novel


2 thoughts on “A Review of Red Moon: A Novel by Benjamin Percy”

  1. Thanks for the warning on this one. Every second book these days seems to be either werewolves or vampires – it’s amazing there are any humans left alive at all! 😉


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