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Red Moon

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  2,471 ratings  ·  571 reviews
"A werewolf epic. Can't stop thinking about it."--Stephen King

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 o...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 832 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Stephen King
A werewolf epic. Can't stop thinking about it.

i love this book like gravy.

i have felt pretty distanced from my books, lately. nothing has been grabbing me and sucking me in, not since The Last Whisper in the Dark. but this one grabbed me right from the start and i was immediately absorbed into the story and invested in its plot and characters.

was it perfect? no. i loved the book, but i totally agree with a lot of what mike says here. and other reviewers point out that the final scenes in the book felt a bit rushed and convenient and left a...more
Kat Stark

Buddyread (sorta) with Dustin (Click to read his review)

Meh. I really think this could have been done better, but this might be the case of it's not the book, it's me.

Whenever I have trouble figuring out how I feel about a novel, I weigh out the pros and cons. I had to do that for this one and I for me, it felt like the cons outweighed the pros. Anyway, here's my list of ten positives and negatives to see if it's fit for you:

Pro: The characters have interesting events that happen to them (includ...more
Moira Russell
Despite my notorious hatred of not finishing books, I might let this one go for a while. It's just not that well-written -- I'm pretty amazed at all the people here who think Percy's some kind of amazing prose stylist; Ben Aaronovitch, say, is much better -- and there's one narrative tic another reviewer mentioned which is just fatal. Time and again, there's a really suspenseful setup -- then a CUT TO BLACK which feels straight out of television -- and then, a much-diluted flashback which goes o...more
The bartender bends over to peek at the book I'm reading. I'm holding it just high enough for him not to have to squat down like he's picking up a dropped coin just to see the cover.

"Red Moon," I tell him. "It takes place in an alternate reality where 5% of the population is basically werewolves. They call them lycans."

His eyes light up.

"But they are all drugged up so they can't change, and it's illegal to turn into a lycan most places anyway," I say. "Then some of them become terrorists."

The b...more
LeAnn Suchy
DNF, so no rating.

I just can't keep reading this book.

The premise of this book is that there are lycans (basically werewolves who can change form whenever they want, not just with a full moon) that have been in the world for centuries. The United States is currently fighting a war with the lycans in their homeland, and the discussion of this is clearly meant to remind us of the U.S. in Afghanistan/Iraq. The fear of lycan U.S. citizens living in the U.S. also mimics the fear of Muslims by some in...more
A copy of Red Moon was provided to me by Grand Central Publishing/Netgalley for review purposes.

'Plagues don't just kill people - and that's what lobos is, a plague - they kill humanity.'

Red Moon deals with an alternate world history, one where lycans are real and all are aware of their existence. The story is told from several different points-of-view and spans several years. At its core, Red Moon is about xenophobia, racial discrimination and acts of terrorism, a subject that can be applied to...more
I thought this would be an urban fantasy since it has werewolves in it, but they weren't paranormal in origin. Instead, they are the result of a prion disease like Mad Cow. An excellent basis for a story of prejudice & segregation, revolution, extremism, & terrorism - a minority defined & undercut by the few. Overall, it was a 5 star world that Percy created, very innovative.

There were some great characters, too. No super heroes, just regular people in tough, but rather ordinary (by...more
Samantha Allen
This is exactly the kind of book that makes me want to start a book review blog. From a writer's perspective, this book had a lot going for it. I didn't expect to like it at all. In fact, I started reading it because it was laying around when I had the flu and needed something light to occupy me. But the way it was written drew me in. Percy's prose is really quite lovely, full of startling images and precise verbs. I'm a fan of present tense, which this book uses to its advantage. Percy allows t...more
Let me start by saying that my interest in werewolves or lycans (I still am unclear as to whether or not they are the same thing or not), has been almost non-existent. It has always come across cheesy and unbelievable to me. Now, I know they aren’t real, but I still want to buy the story I am being sold. They never felt real to me. I could buy vampires, evil entities sucking the souls out of towns, Frankenstein’s monster, psychotic serial killers….but werewolves…not so much. It just wasn’t my cu...more
If you like your Dystopia stories to have some literary merit you’ve found a book to your taste in “Red Moon”. The monsters are real people…well, you know what I mean. The story is absorbing and though I almost hate to say it, it’s believable. The whole time I was reading I kept wondering how this will be filmed because it’s begging to be on the big screen in my opinion. The story grabs you right from the beginning and though the book is over 500 pages you won’t be fazed by that. You’ll just kee...more
Red Moon (alternate history?) establishes a world in which Lycans have been present since the 7th century, and have even established a homeland, The Lycan Republic. Yet Lycans have also continued to live among "humans" in the U.S. (and I suppose, all over the world) although they must be registered, take the Volpexx drug to prevent transformation, and take regular blood tests.

If, however, most Lycans live normal, peaceful, and productive lives, a growing contingent have joined the Resistance tha...more
I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK. I had read so many great reviews about this book so I think I went in with really high expectations ... and it fell flat. The concept - werewolves have become the enemy of the state - it's them against humans - what side are you on? Basically it was an attempt to discuss prejudices when one group of people (aka the werewolves) attack another - do we group everyone that shares their basic beliefs together as terrorists? I didn't like the writing, didn't like the charact...more
Nathanael Myers
This is the only book about werewolves I have ever read. It is the best book about werewolves I have ever read. It is the worst book about werewolves I have ever read. The writing, the sentences are well crafted. The plot, however, doesn't withstand the slightest probing. One of the major female characters is introduced, underdeveloped, and pretty much disappears. And I am left wondering, what was the point? The pimply high school neo-nazis-in-training Max and his friends go from a disaffected,...more
Summer Reading by Moonlight:

The werewolves in Benjamin Percy’s fantastic novel, Red Moon, are a force to be reckoned with, clawing their way out of our collective consciousness to suggest many allegorical connections: the heightened paranoia of the post 9/11 era, the camps during World War II, reservations on the plains—any Other we have feared and ghettoized in the name of public safety. As in any good horror novel, the scariest part is how human the werewolves—called “lycans” in the novel—beco...more
David Abrams
As a big fan of Benjamin Percy's previous works of fiction (The Wilding, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk), I had high expectations for Red Moon. I read an advance copy last month and it immediately catapulted to the top of my Best of 2013 list.

Red Moon opens sedately with an ordinary scene of passengers boarding a plane:
The jet bridge elbows to the left, into the open door of the plane. One of the flight attendants stands in the kitchen carrel beyond the doorway. She smiles at him, her...more
Zachary Karabashliev
За любителите на Стивън Кинг - визуална, силна, заредена проза, ярки и яки екшън сцени...
Политически трилър, маскиран като дистопия/антиутопия/алегория, в която “ликантропите”(“инфектирани с вируса на върколашка болест”) са новата заплаха на Америка.
Внимание - екстремисти-върколаци :)

I wanted to love this book - and in fact there were many aspects of it that I did love - but the symbolism of the werewolves hits you like a slap in the face. Werewolves are meant to represent every repressed minority in American/world history. They are shunned for being who they are and a few radicals give the whole group a bad name (Muslims), they were given their own country in 1948 (Jews), they had a civil rights revolution in the 1960s (African-Americans), lobos is likened to AIDS (hom...more
Richard Thomas

Red Moon is not merely about the werewolf, that familiar history and archetype—no, Red Moon (Grand Central) by Benjamin Percy is a brilliant blend of genre horror and literary poetics that reveals the creature in us all, and a debate about what it is to be human and where our priorities rest. Weaving a hypnotic tapestry of connected stories, Percy allows us to follow a cast of characters, good and bad, on an epic journey that distills the heart...more
Jun 17, 2014 Dustin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my book-sister (you know who you are!!)
Recommended to Dustin by: Stepheny

Overall, I really enjoyed it a lot, as my 4 stars indicates. What an awesome, wild ride this was.:) I wanted to give it 5, and after the monumental 1st Part, I couldn't see it going downhill, but I don't know, it seemed to lose some of said momentum, sadly.. Also, some of the characters could have been further developed and I found the resolution somewhat lacking.

Benjamin Percy's exquisite writing, however, is often poetic and constantly awe inspiring. From start to finish, I couldn't get over...more
This is a powerfully written political rant literally in wolf's clothing. Well, werewolf's (more correctly: lupine) clothing. This may sound ridiculous, but this is a very serious book about culture, racism, violence, war, protest and pretty much everything political. Plus medical advances and experimentation, the role of drugs in a community, and layers upon layers of deceptions and machinations. It's bloody, terrifying, full of action and it will keep you up at night trying to figure where the...more
Patrick Gamble is leaving his life in California and moving to Oregon to live with his mother while his father. who is in the military. is deployed for twelve months. He gets on the plane after saying an awkward good bye to his father, uncertain about what his welcome will be when he arrives in Oregon to meet his mother whom has not seen for quite awhile.

After reaching their cruising altitude, Patrick gets ready to head to the bathroom when a man who is sweating badly and whose face is pale and...more
May 01, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in political metaphors, deep thinking, werewolves, equality issues
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Those who enjoy a very well-told story, political metaphors, werewolves, like to think about current events
Book Available: May 7, 2013 in hardcover and Kindle formats, Audio CD and Audible
Trigger Warnings: murder, sexual assault, rape, sexual slavery, hate crimes, terroristic acts, cannibalism
Animal Abuse: a minor character is reported to have stomped a puppy to death; hunting by human and lycan, including deer, goat, and possi...more
Mary Vermillion
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Nick Cato
Patrick is the only survivor of a werewolf attack aboard an airplane. He's known in the media as the Miracle Boy and the students at his new high school don't know if he survived by luck or because he may be a wolf himself. In Percy's epic RED MOON, werewolves have been living among us all along, and the book reads like an alternative history tale with the wolves sitting in for (add the religion/minority/gender of your choice).

We also see things through the eyes of Claire, who is on the run when...more
Bill Mackela
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...more
Hannah (Vamp of Savannah)
It started out as a really interesting concept, but I think Percy skipped ahead too quickly. The hook on the back of the book drew you in my talking about who THEY were. THEY were your neighbors, friends, and lovers. THEY are planning something awful that will change the world.

Well just a few pages in THEY turned out to be werewolves.
Now, I'm not absolutely anti-werewolf, but we currently live on a planet where werewolves are considered prosaic in the literary world.
Had this book come out two y...more
May 05, 2013 Lou rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
My interview in May 2013 with Benjamin Percy

Lou Pendergrast: Welcome and congratulations on your new novel Red Moon. How was the seeds planted for Red Moon?

Benjamin Percy: I wanted to take a knife to the nerve of the moment, so I considered what we fear most right now: infection and terrorism (as the recent Boston bombing so unfortunately reminded us). I braided these two elements together and created a post-9/11 reinvention of the werewolf myth.

LP: What story are you working on next?

BP: I’m wor...more
Disappointing. The reviews had me thinking this was in the same class as Steven King and Justin Cronin. Nice try, but no. The story had a lot of potential but for me was ruined by the ridiculous coincidences (I mean, really, the American West is a large area - so is Finland or wherever that other part took place in - and you mean to tell me two characters can just find each other by chance?) and male adolescent fantasies (and really, has THAT ever happened during a history lesson???.) By the end...more
What a dark but masterfully written novel about a world where werewolves are among us, but treated (for the most part) as infected, lesser people.

I liken this to The Passage by Justin Cronin. If you liked that novel, I think you will like this one, too. Both deal with a modern, changing world where fear, greed, a militaristic worldview prevail, but also, general apathy for problems not deemed our own.

I was worried that this novel would be left too open-ended, but it was tied up (for the most par...more
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Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, The Dead Lands (forthcoming from Grand Central/Hachette in 2015), Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside...more
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“Plagues don't just kill people—and that's what lobos is, a plague—they kill humanity.” 5 likes
“... he feels the darkness of the grave pressing around the fire and infecting his vision so that there seems to be no separation between the living and the dead, a child born with a mud wasp's nest for a heart and its eyes already pocketed with dust, ready to be clapped into a box and dropped down a hole.” 1 likes
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