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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,890 ratings  ·  430 reviews
Worlds collide in debut author Jennifer Wilson's graphic dystopian series where Divergent meets Mad Max.

Since witnessing her parents' murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix's only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother's dying words - to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls - outside of The Sanctuary - is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A
Paperback, 2, 350 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Oftomes Publishing (first published August 14th 2014)
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Ben Alderson
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a new favourite dystopian for me!
Jennifer Wilson
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well... I wrote it, so of course I love it. Shameless I know but every author should be proud of their work. It contains a little piece of his/her self and let me tell you it takes a lot of work to accomplish a dream, so be proud!
***A hidden gem! Excellent start to a very promising series! ***

I absolutely loved this book! I was a little hesitant to read this because I have read and loved so many other dystopians that comparing them to each other is inevitable. But I'm happy to report that while there are some small similarities, New World: Rising stands on its own! I was captivated from page one and ended up finishing it in a day. This is an excellent beginning to a very promising series.

In this new world, the Earth as
Emma Giordano
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!! I really loved this book! It's the kind of dystopian that gave me a lot of positive nostalgia to when I was first in my crazy dystopian obsession (i.e. The Hunger Games, Divergent, Legend). And books that can remind me of the good memories I've had reading similar books are always a favorite! I was bored at absolutely no point during the book, constant action and when there wasn't an exciting chase/fight scene, there were some really interesting moments showing great character dynami ...more
Taylor Knight
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
New World: Rising is definitely one of the best dystopia reads that I've come across in a long time!
It was fast paced and interesting. I loved the writing and the characters were awesome. There was some tropes that come along with YA dystopian but I didn't mind it. The world building was pretty great. There was some info dumping in the beginning but that didn't really matter because the world that Jennifer Wilson created was so interesting. Phoenix is a really cool main character. She's independ
Sarah Churchill
SO MANY unanswered questions... I guess I'll be getting book two!

New World: Rising does follow the 'Dystopian Formula' (as I am now calling it), tropes any dystopian fan will know and expect, but then it is a tried and tested formula for a reason - it works and we keep coming back for more.

What makes a dystopian a winner is the world building. I loved the dark, brutal grittiness of the New World. I would have liked to have seen more of some of the characters within it, but I have future install
Casey Ann Books
I think with any dystopian novel we all know where we stand. There are certain elements and frameworks that are always in place, and its then the world that’s built around it that makes it what it is. Here we have Tartarus, which even the name I love, because of its Greek Mythology connections - it was used as a prison for the Titans. And that’s exactly what it was for everyone that was there, a prison, a underworld. I loved the idea of the division and one that is so closely connecte ...more
Olivia-Savannah  Roach
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I follow a booktuber called BenjaminOfTomes and was so impressed when I heard he was making a publishing company! He has since published plenty of books and I saw all of them whizz by. But there was something about New World Rising that prompted me to send an email to the publishing company and request a review copy of the book. I was so happy to be approved and now in the end I loved this book! It was well worth requesting and even if it wasn't, we could just look at that beautiful cover all da ...more
Jaroda Goddard
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks go to Of Tomes Publishing for sending me an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

"Be strong, survive." These words have kept Phoenix alive for years in Tartarus since the night of her parents' deaths. Ever since they escaped with her from the city known as the Sanctuary, Phoenix has maintained a system that has kept her alive yet isolated from everyone. She refuses to join the tribes of Tartarus. Her only interactions with others have happened in terms of her survival in this deso
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Even the most gentle people have a dark side." I was trying to warn him.
"I know", he said. "It's how you control that darkness that defines you."

Well damn I really enjoyed this book. I'll be honest I was a little hesitant going into this book because for some reason I never tend to like books that authors send me for review. I don't know why but it always happens. I thought I might not like this when I started it, but I quickl
J.M. Storin
As a debut novel, I thought Jennifer Wilson did a fantastic job. While overall I thought this book was just okay, the writing style was impressive and the potential is so great for this series! So onto the good stuff..
Writing Style
Again, this book was written with a fast pace and easy to follow prose that made it a very enjoyable and light read. Her descriptions were spot on, not too superfluous and not too bare. I would definitely read more books by this author.

Phoenix and Mouse
Their relationsh
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked it but I wasn't overly impressed. I didn't like the first person narrative much, and coincidentally I ended up not caring much for Phoenix either, especially not after the first part. That bit definitely held my attention the most, but then circumstances changed, and it became something else.

I guess it had to, but all the doubt, the self esteem issues, the obvious perfection, isn't really what I want most from a story. Obviously she has to be the master of all kinds of fighting, hand to
Kori Sulewski (korireads)
First off, HOLY CLIFFHANGER. I’m so thankful that I had the second book on hand because wow, that ending left me breathless.

This book is such a hidden gem in the dystopian genre. I absolutely adored it. I’ll admit that I was a little hesitant to pick it up because of the amount of dystopian series I’ve read and at this point, they all seem too similar. I’m happy to announce that I was 100% wrong and this book is absolutely worth your time.

It centers around Phoenix, an orphaned girl who is living
Rachel Gunter
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Over the years I've read a lot of dystopian books, its one of my favourite genres, and New World Rising has to be one of my favourites :) I loved the Tribes aspect, I really liked learning about the ways in which the Tribes stood out from each other. The world building of Tartarus was really good too!Phoenix was an interesting character, she'd suffered a lot and had had to learn to look after herself - I thought she was very brave, especially when she defended Mouse! And I loved how she saved bo ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The gif above is the perfect description of myself after I read New World: Rising. This book left me with pieces of my heart scattered all over the place and emotions that I don't know how to contain. It left my jaw hanging. At loss for words. Erratic heartbeat. New World: Rising is the newest addition in my all time favorite books.

I read this book without expecting anything. Little did I know that this book will blow my mind. Wh
Kate (GirlReading)
New World Rising is a fast paced and gripping dystopian. The whole time I was reading this, I couldn't help but think this would make such a great movie! Both the characters and plot in this created a brilliant page turner. I can't wait to read the next book.
Lauren (Bookworm Boutique)
The thing about Dystopian novels is that they're always faced with comparison to other popular Dystopian novels. The Divergent series was the "next Hunger Games", it happens and I think that it's just the easiest way to explain these kinds of novels... So I'm going to be doing exactly that, sorry!

Rising is the first novel in the New World trilogy by Jennifer Wilson. My first thought about this novel was "Divergent", and I honestly couldn't help myself. The book is set in the city of Tartarus, wh
You know my love for dystopians and this one did not disappoint🙌🏻
Even if it sticks with the super classic dystopian plot, there are some very interesting elements inside!! Very enjoyable and fast read, thanks Owlcrate for the extra book in one of the boxes!!!
⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
This was a really fast read! I read it in 3 sittings, and then I read the preview for the sequel which was included, and now I immediately want more!!

New World: Rising started out as a post apocalyptic story about a girl surviving on her own outside the walls of The Sanctuary because her parents left this city with their daughter when she was just a child. Then they were murdered, and from then on Phoenix was on her own.
I loved the world described in this book. It was a dark and brutal one and
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
DNF 65%.
A classic case of Murtaugh, aka "I'm too old for that shit".

There were some pretty cool ideas, and I'm not familiar enough with dystopia to have been bothered by the eventual comparison to many others, more famous dytopian YA novels (I haven't read neither Hunger Games nor Divergent).

The writing is very decent, and the MC, Phoenix, is okay. She's not annoying but just okay, because she's another "tough badass girl who can't let herself to have any sort of feelings if she wants to survive
Source: I downloaded a copy of this book from Kindle Unlimited.
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Title: New World: Rising
Series: New World #1
Author: Jennifer Wilson
Overall Rating: 5 stars

A review of this book will be on my blog on 11/02/16

I loved this book. I didn't really know what to expect to be honest, so I went into this book with really no expectations, and I was blown away! I loved the characters, their relationships, developments. UGH, I can't believe it took me so long to get into this world. I loved
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 stars*. I loved this book! It's a fast-paced dystopian and I loved the worldbuilding and everything seemed really realistic. The only thing I didn't like about it that again the main character has started ''dating'' with the guardian/instructer and it botters me that this seems to happen in almost every dystopian book. It's still an awesome read though!
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!! This book was FANTASTIC!!! I loved this world and the characters. It is definitely one of the better dystopian books I've read and easily rivals and surpasses some of the better known series out there. The romance is usually never something I enjoy, but I liked it and it wasn't a main focus. There is definitely potential and am excited to see how this world expands in the next one.
Nicole Bell
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very Divergent meets Mad Max.

Don't get my wrong, it's a YA Dystopian novel just like the rest of them. But this book captured me from the very first page; hell even before the first page, the drawing and describing of the tribesmen was enough to keep me wanting more. I'm not promising it's something brand new, but if you enjoy dystopian novels I'm promising this author writes really well and will keep you interested and guessing.

I'm on the second book and it's still has me hooked.

Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

**This book was sent to me in exchange for my honest review**

This book is a great start to what promises to be a fantastic dystopian, fantastical series. I loved this book. Though I believed to have had my fill of young adult dystopian fiction, Wilson has awakened a new desire in me with this one. And I cannot wait to read the next book.

NEW WORLD RISING follows a young girl named Phoenix and her determination to fight to survive in a savage world that dealt her a rough hand with
Angela Mazon
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Before anything else, thank you so much Jennifer Wilson for being such an amazing bookish friend and for giving me a copy of your book. Of course, to Oftomes Publishing for the stunning cover and the weirdly unique size of the book.

New World: Rising is about Phoenix who tried to survived for five or six years after witnessing her parents death at the age of eleven. At the age of sixteen, she knows (more than anyone) the secret passages, how to leap from building to building, how to hide even if
New World: Rising is the story about Phoenix, and her survival alone in a city ravaged by tribes that kills and loots everyone that's not a part of their tribe. Phoenix had to flee the Sanctuary along with her mom and dad years back, but she was the only one who survived. She was 11 years-old. When she helps a young girl get away from one of the tribes, her life gets twisted and somehow she becomes a guardian of this little girl that reminds her of herself.

First off all: I like dystopia. So, I'm
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
Not a bad beginning to this series. I am interested to see where it goes.
I read this on the plane home from Turkey, such a page turner! I need book two NOW! Such a brilliant dystopian world with amazing characters and plot twists!
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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'There is no good or evil here, it all depends on what side you're standing. Nor is it about wrong or right, it's about surviving.'

New World: Rising was an exciting, entertaining and a totally under-hyped dystopian!

New World: Rising is book one in Jennifer Wilson's New World trilogy, and I want to start off by saying, I freaking loved it. The dystopian vibes were real, and I appreciated being brought back to a genre that
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When Jennifer is not writing, she is enjoying life in Colorado, rock climbing, camping, exploring new foods, playing with her golden retriever, Duke, and sharing her life with her wonderful husband.

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