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Red Death

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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Red Death, by award-winning author Jeff Altabef of the Chosen Series, is a powerful, sweeping, dark dystopian fantasy that combines medieval lore with magic, betrayal, and unforgettable characters.

Seventeen-year-old Aaliss graduated at the top of her class and now works as a highly trained Guardian. She’s sworn to keep Eden safe from the dangers lingering outside of Eden’s
ebook, 227 pages
Published November 28th 2016 by Evolved Publishing (first published October 10th 2016)
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Jeff Altabef What a difficult question! I've created them all, so it's really hard for me to play favorites. I will say Piers's quiet courage speaks to me. I also …moreWhat a difficult question! I've created them all, so it's really hard for me to play favorites. I will say Piers's quiet courage speaks to me. I also like heroic characters that are different from the ordinary, so in that light, Wilky truly fascinates me. In many ways, he's truly at the center of this series!(less)

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Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In the city of Eden every child has been raised to fear the Red Death, a plague that came as punishment for ancient sins long forgotten. For centuries the guardians of the city protect those inside from the plague that comes too close.

Seventeen year old Aaliss is a Guardian that has trained to protect Eden but when her younger brother, Wilky, discovers a cure to the plague their world turns upside down and the pair find themselves on the run and outside the boundaries of Eden and into the land
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I really didn’t know what to expect or if I would like it going into this book. But I really enjoyed it.
We get a colorful and complex dystopian world that is really well written and easy to dive into.
The characters were great and had a great backstory and were easy to relate to.
Far in the future the world is divided into groups or tribes. One major one is the people in and controlling Eden. A religus group that are govern their people with religion and fear. But they also have secrets. Big Sec
DNF after four chapters.

This didnt start well.

The cover is lovely - kudos to the artist - but the second page is a repeat of the cover and the authors name. Then (sigh) several messy pages that looked scrappy and amateurish -The first one had Copyright in bright blue bold font which implied a link, followed by the copyright details and at the bottom of the page the eBook License Notes which were on a separate page, followed by Disclaimer.

THEN the next two pages (depending on the font size on yo
Alicia Huxtable
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was an interesting one to read. While it felt a little like another take on zombies, I'm just not sure. I quite enjoyed it and found the book hard to put down
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy through Netgalley, in return for an honest review.

Oh how hard it was to put this book down!

The characters were wonderful; believable, great, mostly likeable, but never perfect. My favourite character was Wilky, the 'strange', smart little brother. He reminded me of my Aspie husband all the time, although the husband is a little more talkative ;-) In the end, Wilky is the real hero of this book, together with Piers, although their sister is the main character.

The worldbuil
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
That's what I'm talking about! This is a great epic novel! Masterful world building by Jeff Altabef; the colors, sounds and smells all came to life. In depth character development, from the main characters of Priests, Guardians, Scientists, Kings, Princes, Artist and sister to the Mother, and Red Witches.
The story is fast paced with the action starting at the beginning, grabbing hold of you and not letting you go until the very end.
There a little something for every one... religious heretics t
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With all the dystopian books that are out now and authors churning out more every month, it's hard a book in this genre that's worth reading. Not true of this book of Jeff Altabel's Red Death. It's full of twists and turns in the plot and a fight against injustice that keeps readers enthralled. Aaliss must take her brother Wilky and run! These two must save their lives and leave Eden to escape danger because her brother has found a cure for the Red Death. But the High Priest of Eden doesn't want ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I have to say that this book grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go. It's set about 800 years in the future after a virus kills off adults at a certain point. They get red eyes and within a few days die. However there is a small group in a land called Eden where it is virus free and they are lead by priests and worship prophet Jacob who started the group in the beginning.
Aaliss and her younger brother must flee when she overheard the high priest and her uncle, the president, plot
Jackie Maloney
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Title: Red Death
Author: Jeff Altabef
Rating: 3/5 Stars

I was sent a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Everyone who lives in Eden, a small community, fears a disease known as the Red Death, which quickly takes your life. The “creator”, known as Jacob, created this society to protect the people. When a cure for this plague is discovered, the leaders of this community decide this is a perfect chance to show their power and do not want to let anyone get in their wa
Chelsies Reading Escape
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
Among the land ravaged by the Red Death plague we have a village named Eden which is completely isolated and hidden from the different zones. Eden is run by corrupted and power hungry priests who believe everyone outside their village to be soulless. One of the main characters was trained as a Guardian and patrols the surrounding zones to keep the Soulless from finding Eden. Thats until a deadly secret forces her to run off into the zone with her younger brother and risk the plague.

The story has
Sherry Fundin
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The cover for Red Death by Jeff Altabef is so appropriate for the story inside. There is an Eden, so, of course, there is an apple orchard.

The priests rule Eden and I immediately became suspicious. They hold tightly to the archaic rules. Why is that, do you think? Are they afraid?

The Soulless, well I have my thoughts about them too.

I have so many questions from the start. I am intrigued and I wonder how the characters will grow and change, because I feel it coming.

The writing is so descriptive,
Adriana Bonilla
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
It was a freaking rollercoaster!!!!!
I'm soooo happy that I could put my hand on it becuase I just love it!!!!!! This got me since the first page. And now I'm in need of the sequel. Like. NOW.
You guys need to read this book. I mean it.
So, 800 years in the future Earth has change a ton. The center of it, or at least this was what Aaliss thought, was Eden. A city ruled by priest with really hard rules about what is correct and what not. They are the ones b
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
RED DEATH is an incredible apocalyptic story that kept me up late and turning pages quickly so I could learn more about the perfectly described world and characters that are trying to survive there. I actually would have given a 4.75 rating if that was possible, because I've only read a few books in my life that are completely perfect (88 books so far this year alone). But, this one is close for me.

I am amazed at the many threads that are woven into this tapestry so well. I am even more amazed
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Despite not being fully committed in the beginning, I still found this to be an enjoyable read. I like the world that the author built. Very dystopian. This is important for readers who are a fan of this type of genre. Which I am a fan. The world plays a very important part in these books.

Aaliss is a good, strong female heroine. Her brother, Wilky brought a nice element to the story. He had this innocence about him that was refreshing. This was great because the story as a whole and the most of
Henny Penny
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was sent this book when I offered to read and review The Ghost King, the next book in this series. I have never read anything from this author before, but volunteered to read the Ghost King as the cover looked interesting, I had not read any preamble or heard about either book from anyone, and therefore had no preconceived ideas. In fact I would probably not have offered to read it if I had know what it was about, but I would have missed out on so much.

I got this book three days ago, and apart
Great story blending elements of fantasy and sci-fi. Red Death came to my attention recommended in a YA Fantasy group for another reader looking for well-developed dystopian reads. She also said it’s probably not one for slow readers as it has a relatively big cast of characters (If you’re fine with Thrones, Six of Crows, Illuminae, etc, or used to reading more than one book at a time, you’ll have no issues keeping track of who is who but there is a hyperlinked cast list if you do get confused). ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Through this book I got to experience what it's like to live in a different era. But not in an annoyingly historical way. More like in an awesome way!

There's suspense, highly contageous disease and fighting. Also witches, high priests and kings. Even a little bit of romance. And of course the search for a cure.

It can be read as a standalone but there are a few loose ends which will be in the sequel.
I'd definitely recommend this!

I received a free copy and this is my honest review.
Barb VanderWel
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Roopkumar Balachandran
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
A dystopian world 800 or so years from now, divided and ruled by several tribes. The world is affected by Red Death a kind of plague which had wiped majority of human race. Purity, Faith and Strength is the motto of a tribe which is isolated on a peninsula surrounded by a river, a religious group named Eden. The protagonist of the story is Aaliss a highly trained Guardian and she has two brothers one is elder named Piers and the youngest named Wilky. The tribe is ruled by a High Priest and a Pre ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I was offered the chance to read Red Death by Jeff Altabef, I was a little hesitant. While it sounded really good, and I was definitely intrigued, I wasn't sure if A) I would have the time to put in to reading it, and B) Would I even like it? I decided to give it a shot, anyway, and hope for the best. Boy, am I glad I did.

Red Death is a young adult dystopian-esque novel, but to me, it has a very Game of Thrones, epic fantasy, OMG I WANT EVERYONE TO READ THIS kind of feel to it. I should no
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Red Death by Jeff Altabef is book 1 of his Red Death Series. In this book we are immediately thrown into a world that is strange and different but still a bit familiar. We are immediately introduced to Aaliss and her two brothers: Piers and Wilky. They live in a place called Eden where Aaliss is a Guardian who helps protect Eden from the Soulless, Piers is a Priest and Wilky is a researcher trying to find a cure for the disease called the Red Death. Aaliss captures or kills those who are called ...more
Nicole Lopez
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Now normally I am not a fan of the multiple viewpoints method of writing. However for this story it absolutely worked. I don't see how else you could have explained t be differences between tribes. I have to say at first I was leery; not sure if I would like this book. I didn't just like it, I loved it! Now I cannot wait to find out what happens next! I plan on getting my teenage daughters to read it as well. Thank you so much for giving me this sneak peek into your work. I have no doubt this bo ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eden is paradise and Edenites are the chosen people. The few tribes living outside Eden are Soulless, doomed to die the horribly by Red Death. Or that's what the people inside the thick walls of Eden are taught.

Aaliss is highly trained guardian, sworn to protect Eden. Killing the Soulless is justified, they're mere travesty of human beings, only good for research purposes. That's before she starts to doubt. Her brother Wilky is a researcher and because of his breakthrough, the whole future chan
Parnita Tolia
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a free eARC in exchange for an honest review. After reading this I cannot wait to read the NEXT one!!!!

The story begins, when a young prodigy wilky discovers a cure to red death, a plague with deadly end & no one can escape from it (a virus was unleashed on the world and destroyed the human world.The surviving humans formed tribes but they are not living harmoniously, there were wars, theres is hostility & mistrust & the virus is still a problem. Nobody has survived beyond the age of
Linda Todd
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-fab
Wow an amazing story I thought the characters where fabulously and well thought out. I loved banter between the characters this book is a must read story again & again a truly exquisite story that I hope to read more of I had a sneak peek at the second book The Ghost King and I do like what I see my heart felt thanks to the author Jeff Altabef for the utmost pleasurew and privilege of reading his amazing stories. This book I would be extremely delighted to recommend this story to all my friends ...more
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I freely chose to review this ARC of Red Death on my own and can't wait to continue the story as Mr. Altabef held me spell bound! seventeen year old Aaliss was a Guardian in Eden and she killed her share of the Soulless human outside of the zone as per Jacob law, they were diseased and had red eyes to show their infection and she was told they were not human any more. One day she heard the high priest and her uncle plotting to kill her and her thirteen year old brother and tell the brethren that ...more
Shai Williams
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian

My first thought when I read the blurb for this book is that it is either going to be really good or a complete washout. I am happy to say that it is really good. The characters just seem to come to life off of the pages.

I found myself rooting for Aaliss and her brother Wilky almost from the very beginning. She is so grounded in reality while Wilky is a bit different. He is brilliant but not too good on communicating. He reminds me of some autistic kids I have met.

We also get a chance to me
Marja Coons-Torn
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you mixed Lord of the Rings with 1984, Red Death might be a bit like what you would get. I'm sure that's not what Jeff Altabef did, but I deeply admire that he could plot and write this complex fantasy. I am absolutely in love with the child genius Wilkie, but it is Aaliss, his sister, who plots and plans and fights for what is right. Worlds intertwine and it is good that Altabef has included a cast of characters and a map of Eden. He has used a few biblical names, like Eden, and Jacob, but t ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well crafted dystopian world and characters.

Truly and enjoyable and intriguing read. Aaliss is a brave and determined young woman who believes in family and loyalty. She's no shrinking violet, with crossbow or sword she protects & loves her little brother Wilky.

The are forced to make an unexpected journey from their home in Eden. Wilky has a secret - he has the cure. Along the way on their journey they meet a host of characters (Piers, the Viper, the High Priest, King Dermot, Eamon, Fintan, Gemm
Chad Jansma
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon this book but I'm glad that I did. It is an amazing story and I can't wait to start the next book in this series
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Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of "telling stories," he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, is his debut novel. Jeff has a blog designed to enc ...more

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