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Sunset Rising (Sunset Rising #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  1,200 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
Desperate to find refuge from the nuclear storm, a group of civilians discover a secret government bio-dome. Greeted by a hail of bullets and told to turn back, the frantic refugees stand their ground. They are grudgingly permitted entry, but the price of admission is high. Two hundred and eighty-three years later…

Life as a slave in the Pit had never been easy, but for se
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Clownfish Publishing
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Sep 01, 2015 Zeina rated it it was amazing
If had the ability to rate this book with more stars, the amount would be infinite.

No spoilers.

This book truly blew my mind.


It is pure GENIUS.


At first, I got the impression it would be another cliche, dystopian novel. OH, WAS I VERY WRONG. I promise, you will refuse to set this book down. Reality is overrated anyway...


Author's Synopsis:

February 2024: Desperate to find refuge from the nuclear storm, a group of civilians discover a secret government bio-dome. Greeted by a hail of bullets a
4.5 stars. I didn't really have many expectations going into this, so I was pleased at how enjoyable it was.

This book is what I call "dystopian candy", though it has some dark moments and the subject matter is serious, it is a quick and easy read (only took me a few days). It is YA, yet miraculously this author managed to avoid using the "insta-love" that is so common in YA with romance. I for one dislike insta-love so really appreciated reading a different approach for a change.

These days, wit
Nov 28, 2012 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Divergent or Hunger Games
My actual rating is closer to 4.5 stars

I really loved this book! This was one of the best dystopian novels that I've read all year. I wish the cover was better because I think it would give this book a lot more attention. But hopefully my review helps with that.

What I loved about this book was similar to what I loved with books like Divergent. I like the reality of the situation. Often times a novel isn't real about what a situation like that would truly be like. I'm so thankful that the author
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
David Estes
Mar 08, 2013 David Estes rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-dystopian
Overall, an enjoyable read that gets better as the book progresses, in terms of both the plot and the writing. Although I found the MC somewhat dimwitted and annoying at times, I liked Jack A LOT more. For me the turning point came a little ways in, when the plot took a really nice twist that left me genuinely surprised and created the action and suspense from that point on. Well done, S.M., I have a feeling your books are only going to get better and better from here on!
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Marie-Reine

*Beware of possible Spoilers*

At the dawn of World War III and nuclear apocalypse, a group of civilians makes it way up a mountain to gain the safety of a military base. This base is in the hands of a merciless commander, who shoots first, then reluctantly allows some of the survivors to enter in. Though safe from the bombs inside this bio-dome, the survivors discover that justice and democracy have given way to autocracy and oppression. The civilians are
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)
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! :)

Sarah Canning
Feb 06, 2013 Sarah Canning rated it it was amazing

Imagine not being able to feel the sun upon your face, or the wind caressing your skin. After World War Three in 2024, Nuclear Warfare forces 567 people underground - bringing a halt to a Democratic Government and forcing people to adopt a Dictatorial Government. Almost 283 years later, Seventeen year old Sunset O’Donnell has never been above ground and she's never been free. She will never be free, unless she rises up for what she believes in. But, she can't do it alone. One man, Jack Kenner, w

Oct 03, 2014 Roxanne rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, dystopia
I'm sorry, I hate to say it, but this book needs a LOT of work. As it's written right now, I could not finish it - there were just too many grammatical errors, repetition, and spelling mistakes! Some errors are understandable in a self-published book, so I tried to overlook them as much as possible. Even if all these mistakes were fixed, however, I still don't think I would like this book, simply based on the fact that I could not relate to the characters. Sunny is not smart, or funny, or witty ...more
Mar 03, 2013 Mekerei rated it really liked it
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 catal
S.M. McEachern
Apr 01, 2015 S.M. McEachern rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: editorial-review

Reviewed by Molly Burkemper for Readers Favorite (5 Stars):

"Sunset Rising" is thrilling; there is no better word for it. It lures readers in with its fresh and tempting plot, and then hooks them with nonstop action that leaves them reading late into the night. The beginning doesn't do the rest of the book justice, but if readers allow themselves to be taken in, they will have a heart-stopping ride until the very end. Romance, intrigue, and action all come together beautifully he
Selina Liaw
Mar 31, 2013 Selina Liaw rated it it was amazing
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.

P.S. Can't wait for the second book. The suspense is KILLING ME. :)
Leah M
Apr 16, 2013 Leah M rated it it was amazing
i recieved this book in exchange for a review.
I absolutely loved it,what an amazing book,from the very first page ,it has you hooked,to the very last and wanting more..
it's definatly not boring at all,it's excitement all the way thru.
Everyone should read this book most definately.i loved it.and so will you.positivly brillant...

I absolutely love the beautiful cover!!!

Please see update at end of review.

In anticipation of a nuclear apocalypse, a dome is built in the Appalachian Mountains, designed to sustain human life until the world heals. However the dome was only built for so many. When civilians showed up, they were permitted in the dome under strict conditions- they were to live in the mine pits, become slaves to those above in the dome and executed at age 35 in an attempt to maintain a manageable population.

Fast forward almost 300 years- Sunny just lost

Deep breath, pam calm down. Calm down.
Let's just start with how amazing and beautiful this book is, wow it's been a long time since I have gushed over a book. This book is incredible it blew my mind and sleep away (since I stayed up reading it) and I still want more, I wanna read it all over again and save the precious memories.

This is just what I really need, something to sink into so all my thoughts are just the book.
Finally the world ended. World war three too
Cheer Papworth
Sunset Rising joins the climbing shelf of books featuring a Post-Apocalype Government Bunker that after several generations has morphed into a multi-level colossal Dystopian World. Sunny, the teen heroine of this story, lives a meager existence in "The Pit," which is essentially the poor, repressed society existing in the bowels of the bunker. Treated as grubby slaves, Sunny and her people serve the Bourge, the priviledge controlling class and their vicious President, until they reach the age of ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 14, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing
Sunset Rising ROCKS! I loved this book. It is set in a world that has been devastated by nuclear war with the only known survivors living in the "Dome." Society is broken down to the haves and the have-nots, who are literally living in slavery to support the elite. This book is brutal with a little ray of hope that is Sunset O'Donnell. I loved the author's writing style, which kept me engaged from page one to the final sentence, which by the way ends in a cliffhanger, albeit the type that says ...more
Camly Nguyen
Jan 18, 2015 Camly Nguyen rated it really liked it
Long story short, Sunny's a slave living in the Pit. One day when she comes late to work, she is given the choice to either to be fired or to serve food for the rich people in the Dome for the marriage of Leisel, the president's daughter, and Jack Kenner.

She chooses the latter. But when she gets caught up in a grand scheme made by Leisel, she finds herself facing execution and treason instead. With the help of Jack, Sunny has to find a way out of the Dome or die trying.

Even though the world buil
Vivian Chris
Jan 19, 2016 Vivian Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Sabia que me iba a gustar y tenia razon ME GUSTO Y MUCHO

Una de las cosas que me gusto un monton de este libro es lo directo que es,la escritora no se enreda dandote informacion innecesaria sino que va directo al asunto importante te dice claramente quienes son los buenos y quienes son los malos por asi decirlo

La trama es simple:gente oprimida bajo un gobierno de mierda
Pero como digo todo esta muy bien escrito para mi gusto porque a pesar de no ser un libro corto +400 paginas se me paso super rap
Nov 22, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
This book was a good surprise for me. Overall, I really enjoyed it. I liked the concept and the characters. Here, we followed at the very beginning Benjamin Reyes, a man who managed to save lives when there was a nuclear war then we jump to Sunny's story, almost three hundreds years later. She lives and works in the pit for the Dome. They do all the things the Dome doesn't want to do. They also have to get "Culled" at 35, meaning they die at 35 and they know it. The author write it really well ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: free-4-e-reader
I give this book a 3.5..

I'm not good at giving summaries about a book so I am just going to say what I liked and disliked about it..

I really don't like end of the world kind of books. And this book reminds me of a couple movies I have seen. I was kind of boring in the beginning but then I realized I couldn't put it down and finished it kind of quickly. It was also kind of depressing. With certain death at the age of 35, rape, slavery, abuse, it made me want to cry.

The author I have to admit is
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this. But it was really good.

The a-crats live up in the Dome. The a-crat wannabes live in the Pit, slaving away everyday to make the a-crats lives comfortable. One night, when Sunny gets sent up to the Dome to "serve" a bachelor party, she gets caught up in a con, causing her to go on the run with the president to-be, Jack. Sunny and Jack hide in the Pit, slowly organizing a rebellion so that those in the Dome and the Pit have equal rights.

This sto
Claire Taylor
Mar 03, 2013 Claire Taylor rated it it was amazing
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 fini
Robynn Bodinsky
Mar 01, 2013 Robynn Bodinsky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I got this book as part of a bookclub here on goodreads. I did not ecpect much and wasn't even sure I would read it. As fate would have it I finished the book I was reading and was left with nothing left to read but this. As jack would say it was fate! THIS BOOK WAS GREAT! I am glad I read it but there has to be a sequel and it needs to come out soon!
Mar 19, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-books
I thought this was a great book. Interesting and unique story. I would give a 4.5 star rating if I could.
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
I did not finish the novel. There's just a lot going on and the main character is so hard to read. I'm not a big fan of dystopia novels so maybe that's one of the reasons too.
Julie Tolmie
Mar 23, 2013 Julie Tolmie rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book. A highly addictive read. Loved it and can't wait for book number two!
Mar 08, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is another time where I wished Goodreads allowed 1/2 stars. My true rating is 4.5/5.

I loved this book, although I did find some faults. When I first started the book I was upset because my life got in the way, like sleeping or eating or going to work. Well really I felt that way the entire time I was reading it. I was so excited about the book that I kept thinking "oh I have this much still to read I wonder what will h
czai (the Blacksheep Project)
this review is also posted at: the Blacksheep Project and YA Insider. I received this book from YA Insider in exchange for an honest review.

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Sunset Rising may lack on certain aspects but it's has all things I basically enjoy reading in dystopian novels.

{ 4 things I like about Sunset Rising }

the world.
The world of Sunset Rising is possibly the reason I read dystopian novels. Admittedly, it did not offer me anything new from what I've previously read but I never really get tired of this settin
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S.M. McEachern (also known as Susan) comes from the rocky shores of Canada’s East Coast. As a resident of Halifax during her early adult years, she attended Dalhousie University and earned an Honors Degree in International Development Studies with a focus on ocean development. Throughout her academic studies and early career, Susan had the privilege to study and work with Elizabeth Mann Borgese ...more
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