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Sunset Rising

(Sunset Rising #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,672 ratings  ·  259 reviews
Deep inside a mountain in what used to be North America dwells the last of humanity. Welcome to the Biodome, where steel, rock and armed guards separate the privileged from the slaves ...

Born and raised as a slave in the Pit, Sunny O’Donnell has always accepted that she'll spend her life working to keep the Dome running and, if she lives long enough, willingly meet her end
Kindle Edition, 470 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Clownfish Publishing
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Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
Sunset Rising was an exhilarating, action pack ride that kept me on the edge of my seat.  If you're a fan of dystopian and slow burn romance that is forbidden, then you definitely need this book in your life!  Just from the prologue alone, I knew this series was going to be a favorite.  The end of the world was coming and the horror of a worldwide nuclear war held me in a death grip.  We then jumped almost 300 years in the future and the current way of life had me in absolute shock.
My vo
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
David Estes
Mar 05, 2013 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!
Nov 23, 2012 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
Feb 01, 2013 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
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 (Books Over Sleep, Author Services)

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

S.M. McEachern
Sep 25, 2012 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
Kirsten Fazzino
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great dystopian read! Such a fast read....Loved the plot and the characters! I love Sunny and Jack and I can't wait to see what happens with their relationship! The two of them were both great heroes and never annoyed me!!!So excited to read the next one!! ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
Good start to the series. Likable characters. Interesting premise. Things seemed to go a little too smoothly but the story was still enjoyable. 3 stars.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/First Reads
"Sunset Rising" the innovative and imaginative post- apocalyptic novel by S.M. McEachern blends intrigue and romance with fast-paced action that begins in a world over 283 years after a devastating global nuclear attack. In a bio-dome that had been prepared for government and military survivors, society has disintegrated into "the bourge" an elite ruling class living above ground and " urchins" the descendants of the villagers who stormed the structure looking for a safe haven during the nuclear ...more
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

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
Jun 16, 2013 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 h ...more
Sep 19, 2014 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 a ...more
Camly Nguyen
Jan 13, 2015 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
Feb 20, 2013 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
Selina Liaw
Mar 10, 2013 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. :)
I was completely entranced by SUNSET RISING from the first chapter. Sunny was so easy to like and relate to. There were a ton of twists and turns and although I had my favorite love interest, it was hard not to be heartbroken for the other.

Great world, great characters, great story, just all around great! When I got to the end, I really, really wanted more. In fact, I emailed the author right away for a review copy of WORLDS COLLIDE.

* This book was provided free of charge from NetGalley in excha
Leah M
Mar 24, 2013 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!!!
Kathy Dittmann
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is excellent - it is well written, the plot is interesting, and the characters are well developed. A real page-turner! I look forward to book #2.
Feb 28, 2013 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
Beth Horn
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was way better than I was expecting and actually found it hard to put the book down! This book should come with a few trigger warnings for sexual assault, domestic violence and general assault. It's not a book I would let someone under 20 read. It has some really heavy issues but doesn't seem to address them, they just normalize it almost. ...more
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
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
[See the full review at thoughts and afterthoughts.]

Rating: 4.2/5

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less version:

-A fast-paced action filled read based on tyranny versus revolution.
-Strong heroine/protagonist and charming/witty male lead; prototypical YA romance.
-Typical, mundane tasks made interesting and given life.
-Interesting world building that’s seemingly larger than what it seems.

Initial Thoughts:

I finished this in about a half day so I guess you could say I couldn’t

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
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Copy received for review for book tour with Enchanted Book Promotions.

Argh the final cliffhanger is *mean*.
Where's the next book in the series??

In 2024, nuclear war breaks out. A group of civilians discover a secret government bio-dome. They are grudgingly admitted entry, but at a high price. In 2307, Sunset (Sunny) O'Donnell is a seventeen-year-old girl living in the Pit. Like her, the descendants of the civilians who came to the Dome live a life of slavery and are culled (executed) at thirty-f
Oh. My. God.

Oh. My. God.


This book. So much happens. Rebellion. Dictatorship. Murder. Betrayal. Love. I couldn't put it down. It moved so quickly and had great suspense and questions you just had to have the answers to.

I didn't like Leisel from the moment we fist met her. She was just too happy and pushy to be the good guy. I didn't have to read the summary to figure out she was going to be a bad guy. She is a good antagonist, though. She's manipulative, bitchy, cunning...everything
Feb 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review/rant is TL;DR but I had to write it or I'd explode.

Did I even read the same book as the other reviewers?

The good: the writing was smooth and easy to read.
The bad: the author failed to help me suspend my disbelief.
The ugly: the incredible lack of cause/effect.

Seriously now.

A military-led coup I could believe. A family holding on to evidence of bad-guy-ery for 300 years, I guess that's sustainable. Why anyone who lives as richly as the "bourges" do would bother with a generation-span
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S.M. McEachern (who also writes new adult as Susan McEachern) comes from the rocky shores of Canada’s East Coast. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University, with 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, daughter of nobel prize winn ...more

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