Arena One (The Survival Trilogy, #1)
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Arena One (The Survival Trilogy #1)

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  2,618 ratings  ·  384 reviews
After her sister is captured by slaverunners, Brooke teams up on a rescue mission with with another survivor, Ben, whose brother was also taken. What follows is a post-apocalyptic, action-packed thriller where they will have to make some of the hardest choices and sacrifices of their lives.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Morgan Rice (first published January 1st 2012)
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I'm not completely done with the book however I wanted to write some of my review down now. There is very little left of the book and it wont effect how I feel about this book.

First of all I was wrong thinking that the author had copied from the Hunger games. There is some parts some small parts that it is cleared she copied and they are right at the start.

I wish Goodreads had the same things at a website called Gamespot, in their reviews you could label a game such as "Too much Hype","Been ther...more
Hayden Casey
Mar 10, 2012 Hayden Casey marked it as if-theres-nothing-else-to-read
Wow. Capitalizing off of the success of dystopian fiction, much?

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I was enjoying it in the beginning, and then it unfortunately went downhill with errors and inconsistencies that became increasingly annoying.

(view spoiler)...more
Genesis Blue
Where to start . . . there were several things that turned me off this book.

1. I don't like present tense writing. That's just me, though, so technically, this shouldn't count against the book.

2. Caps Locks do NOT belong in a novel. Email, Facebook, ok, but not in a novel.

3. The foreshadowing killed me. (view spoiler)...more
Apr 05, 2012 W rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012-read
This dystopian YA novel seemed very promising, with the main character out to save her sister from slave traders in the post-apocalyptic New York City. In the summary I read online, there were also hints of a Hunger Games-esque arena where these prisoners are forced to fight for entertainment. Having loved the Hunger Games, I figured I'd give it a try. I'd recommend to others... stick to the Hunger Games.

There wasn't anything overtly terrible about this book. The characters were okay, the plot w...more
If you liked Hunger Games, do yourself a favor and never read this dreck. This is a terrible book about simple-minded, apparently invulnerable children taking a walking tour of Thunderdome New York. I hated this book, and while I'm glad I got this from the library because that means I didn't buy it, I am furious that the library spent money on it.

Sometimes you read a book and your heart races because you're attached to the characters and the author is good at suspense or emotion. Reading this b...more
I felt my opinion changed for this book more times then I would like. I feel that comparing it to the Hunger Games ruined it for me. Although The Hunger Games was an amazing series, I don't like knowing that this book was written because of it. I kept comparing it with the two and that brought my hopes for this book down significantly. There were so many different things in this book that seemed to almost copy the Hunger Games. Morgan Rice has a great imagination and I loved her Vampire Journals...more
Jay Jason
If the book The Hunger Games was a tree, you would have a very hard time cutting it down. This is because there would be so many layers of depth to cut through. You would be too tired to continue before getting halfway through.

If Arena One were a tree, it would just take a small poke with your index finger to cut it down because there is no depth. There might be some moss on the tree to symbolize character relationships, but it would be light moss that wouldn't be heavy enough to make much of a...more
Tania Rock
This is another great work by Morgan Rice, which I was able to read for free on Goodreads.

I loved this book; it was a perfect combination of strong characters, an amazing environment and a ton of "edge of your seat" action.

Not giving too much away, this book follows the trials and tribulations of an older sister during a post-apocalyptic event. Enter the presence of radioactively damaged humans and "slave runners" and her already difficult life gets even more challenging. To make things even mor...more
Rosie Worrallo
Rediculously horrible book. 90% of the book was a very long car-ride consisting of crashes, passing out, driving, crashing again, driving again multiple times all the way until almost the end where the plot is squished into the last 10% of pages. It was utterly boring. The author couldn't even make the bulk of the book (which was the car ride/car collision path) even slightly interesting! It was all 'right-turn, left-turn, sharp bend, car flips, u-turn, onto this street, then that street' Boring...more
I don't know why I'm giving it two stars. I think it's just because I can't admit that I actually took the time to finish a one-star book. Primary flaws:

1) It falls guilty of relying way too much on telling and not showing. I know it's told from the first person, but it reads like a middle school boy's poor short story filled with "and then I did this. Then this happened, so I did this. And then I did this."

2) Every single chapter tries to end with a cliffhanger, but it's so poorly done it's lau...more
Jay Jason
If the book The Hunger Games was a tree, you would have a very hard time cutting it down. This is because there would be so many layers of depth to cut through. You would be too tired to continue before getting halfway through.

If Arena One were a tree, it would just take a small poke with your index finger to cut it down because there is no depth. There might be some moss on the tree to symbolize character relationships, but it would be light moss that wouldn't be heavy enough to make much of a...more
Arena One was my first time reading anything by Morgan Rice and I found that I really enjoyed the story. It was similar to The Hunger Games in some parts but not completely.

***some minor spoilers below***
As far as the story goes, I liked the car chase even though it kinda dragged on and I also liked the parts where she was in the Arena.. Those parts had to be the most exciting parts of the whole book. I wish we knew a little more about the crazies. Their parts went by fast. Brooke is a good pro...more
It started off very well. A girl and her sister are struggling to survive and scrounge for food and shelter in the wilderness so that they can avoid being captured by some kind of totalitarian group that's kidnaps/saves all the children they find... hmm, seems reasonable to me.
BUT THEN the crazy car stunts at 100 mph start, and everyone is able to walk away from them without any serious injuries... I got bored 1/3 into it. It just got too unrealistic, when it had started out very realistic. Whi...more
This review is going to be a bit disjointed, but the book was much the same, so I won't take too much time to make this a great review. This mess only earned one star due to the fact that I couldn't give it a half a star. That half-star, by the way, would be granted only because it was something to keep me busy while I couldn't sleep. I confess, folks, I absolutely LOVED The Hunger Games, and this is just trying to fit in that niche, with no success.
The 17 year old female protagonist must be...more
Rachel (RTbookworm)
Now, I must say this: This book was completely free, I would not waste my money on a stupid book like this.

Firstly, Morgan's style of writing is awful. It's non-descriptive, stupidly fast-paced and sounds like a load of utter gibberish.

Secondly, Morgan has no imagination. I didn't bother reading the blurb of this book, I just new it was a YA, dystopian, post-apocalypse novel (which was exactly my thing), so I thought: "Why not give it a go"?
I started reading and thought it had a remarkable re...more
Georgina Martin (Bookz and Bitz)

Arena One is the first in a trilogy (yes there’s three of them, sadly) that many are calling a Hunger Games rip-off. Brooke and Bree survived the war by hiding in their dads hunting cabin up in the mountains, life in the US has been decimated by a civil war that turned nuclear (insert endless political rants here), the survivors are split into several groups the ‘bio victims’ or ‘crazies’ that survived the bombs, the slave runners and their counterparts, and those, like the sisters, that got out...more
Genre: Young Adult

People have compared this to The Hunger Games. And I can see why, but it’s actually quite different. War has broken out through the US, and divided the country. Most of the population is dead.

17 year old Brooke looks after herself and her sister Bree - living high up in the mountains alone, out of sight of the Slaverunners who kidnap people to fight to the death in ‘Arena One.’ So far they have stayed out of sight, but one day whilst Brooke is out, they kidnap her little sister...more
While I hate to disagree with a bestselling author, in this case I have to. Her quote of “If you liked the Hunger Games you’ll love Arena One” was not accurate for me, and unfortunately why I chose to buy Arena One. The Hunger Games gave much more depth of character, subplots of power regime, and well thought out traps, twists and turns, and terror that filled the “games” themselves. Arena One starts off interestingly enough, but I wanted to scream at Brooke not to leave her sister the day she w...more
This is, without a doubt, the worst book I have ever read. It doesn't seem like the author has an editor because there is at least one grammatical error on every page. The main character should have died at least a dozen times, and she comes out of multiple car crashes unscathed. Also, there is so much repetition, I wanted to scream. Whenever Ben was mentioned, the author always said, "to his credit, he did this." It got old. I also hated how similar the plot was to The Hunger Games. This book d...more
Abby Leach
Man, this was disappointing. I was pretty interested in reading this book, but ended up skimming the last 50 pages just trying to finish the darn thing!

Morgan Rice attempts to paint the picture of a regular girl that is forced by the post-apocalyptic society to do what she has to do to save her sister. Instead she shows Brooke as a regular girl that just so happens to have been trained by her dad to, well, pretty much be a Marine. Rrrright. I think that the author has also underestimated the pai...more
This has to be one of the most unrealistic books I have ever read! Yes, I read books about vamps and fairies and aliens, but you go into those knowing they are magic and fantasy. This book is set in the real world, with no magic etc to dig it out.

There is constant action...imagine the most ridiculous "guy"shoot em up movie and then put it on crack. The main chick should have died at least 3 times during the first half of the book. I can appreciate action, but there needs to be some believabilit...more
Aug 23, 2012 Mindi rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Three pages was all it took for me to start skimming through this book & cataloging the atrocities committed upon me, the poor, unsuspecting reader. Oh editing, why hast thou forsaken me? The colossally bad writing was enhanced by improbable, laughable scenarios involving our fearless heroine, who keeps insisting she has no idea what she's doing, yet managing to do everything amazingly well. All while grievously injured, undernourished, & starving. My favorite? Impromptu motorcycle chase...more
I had first picked out this book to read because I had heard that it was like the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. When I read it, there was definitely some similarities such as the post-USA-catastrophy. Also that there is a male and female who are trying to live in a situation where the odds are completely against them. That's pretty much about it. Other than that, there was tons of self-pity and it seemed as if there was an "almost-death" of the main character at the end of every chapter. I un...more
What a colossal disappointment. Set 100+ years in the future in a world somewhere between Battle Royale and The Walking Dead, a story emerges of a young girl with the training and luck of James Bond and an ever expanding cast of shallow and disposable characters. Even the girl's own backstory seems to confuse her, as it changes to support whatever ridiculous plot point she is suddenly asked to face. If you can make it through the plot inconsistencies and the terrible character development (and I...more
Feb 22, 2012 Heather marked it as to-read
Shelves: tough-chicks
I dont usually put up a review especially before I've even read the whole thing but here I go anyway:
I've only read a sample of this but the tidbit I did read made me curious and excited. Curious because not only is the plot and backstory intriguing but it has the chance to not only reach the level of the dystopian YA series 'The Hunger Games' but to exceed it. Excited...well thats obvious I love dystopian novels and to find a new 'survival' series in a female POV that isn't all about feelings h...more
This book was so horrible I couldn't even finish it! So so so unrealistic! I'm not even going to list them all out because that would wind up taking a couple more pages. I got a little over 50% when I seriously just could not take it. If I wanted to read Hunger Games or a copy of some Dystopian book, I would've of just bought the book. In ways, very similar to Hunger Games especially...and it drove me up the walls. Also, spelling! What the heck! I'm very critical and can usually spot every one o...more
I'm not even sure where to start on this one... it was so poorly written, the editor should be fired. It lacks originality and even more than that, it lacks any decent writing. One character/love interest was described as having the eyes of a tortured soul. People also wolf food down and slowly savor each bite repeatedly in the book. That's not even possible. Most of the book are fight/chase scenes so there is good action, but the main character survives a ridiculous amount of injuries.

I don't r...more
Emily Chhin
The book had an interesting preface and the beginning was alright, so I thought if I stuck with it, it would get better, but I am now halfway through the first book and hardly anything has happened. I have read like, 3 chapters of only car chases and repeated failures and injuries that I am just getting bored. the author uses the same words over and over again in close proximity to each other so it just feels like I'm repeatedly reading the same part.

Another thing that bothered me is the constan...more
Peter R Stone (Forager, Dystopian Trilogy)
Don't even both wasting your time reading this rather short book unless you are committed to buying the rest of the books in this series, for this is not a complete book, but part one in a serial. I am big believer that a book should be a complete entity in its own right. Sure, leave aspects unresolved to encourage readers to continue with the series, but to end a book in the MIDDLE OF AN ACTION SEQUENCE with the main character about to die, followed by the message "click below to download the r...more
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Morgan is author of the #1 Bestselling THE SORCERER'S RING, a new epic fantasy series, currently comprising four books and counting, which has been translated into five languages.

Morgan Rice is also author of the #1 Bestselling THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, a young adult series comprising eight books, which has been translated into six languages.

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