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Arena One by Morgan Rice
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In a post-apocalyptic America a girl who has managed to survive and keep part of her family alive, using only the survival techniques taught by her father, makes a personal sacrifice to save her younger sister by walking into a fight to the death arena. There is also a boy who saved her early in life by giving her some food, so she feels guilty and wants to also help him survive. She finds herself drawn to this boy, but there is another boy who is larger and stronger, and better at survival skills which makes a love triangle. While in the death match place, she gets a weapon that she uses against the people who made the arena and kills the insane leader in an act of defiance, thus making her and the boy the only two people to ever survive the death arena together. She then goes to a bombed out unknown area finds allies, and gets the supplies she needs to finish off her personal quest, while lots of people around her are dying. The author uses first person present tense to increase the suspense and intensity... sound familiar?

Despite copying a great book, this book seemed to me like the last scene from Mission Impossible 2. The main character survives such impossible situations it becomes comical.

The book takes place in a world where a group of armed, well equipped slave runners travel around and search for survivors so they can use them in their arena. Then for some unknown reason, when they find an occupied house, the slave runners leave weapons and equipment for the main character and run away... It's their job to hunt down survivors, especially ones who have some fight in them. Why did the car chase sequence happen? If they did their job, they would have just grabbed both girls in the first place. That entire part of the book was completely pointless, and unfortunately that is about 50% of the book.

Also there is a boy, Peeta... no that's not right, what's his name again? I don't remember. Anyway, he lives around the same area as the Arena's 'Katniss' and he brings her some food, but never once thinks, 'hey, she has a house and we could maybe do better if we worked together.' If the survivors would get together in small secret groups, maybe the slave runners wouldn't be so much of a threat...

The last 50% of the book is her in this death arena where she... spoiler alert... wins all the time because the gamemaker keeps sending her weapons for some reason. Then the book turns into 'Taken' where she chases her sister and saves her from a sex ring. It's really rushed and forced.

I started out thinking this book would be pretty decent, but definitely an easy one star rating. Not worth reading.
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October 29, 2014 – Started Reading
October 29, 2014 – Shelved
October 29, 2014 – Finished Reading

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