Sunset Rising by S.M. McEachern
Today I am pleased to be a stop on the blog tour for Sunset Rising, hosted by Enchanted Book Promotions.
So pretty! I mean, she’s in an evening gown, and she doesn’t have a face, but this is so much better than the normal way that is executed. Also, the evening gown makes sense, and the hair is right…I like it a lot.
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 and told to turn back, the frantic refugees stand their ground and are grudgingly permitted entry. But the price of admission is high.
283 years later… Sunny O’Donnell is a seventeen-year-old slave who has never seen the sun. She was born in the Pit, a subterranean extension of the bio-dome. Though life had never been easy, lately it had become a nightmare. Her mom was killed in the annual Cull, and her dad thought it was a good time to give up on life. Reyes Crowe, her long-time boyfriend, was pressuring her to get married, even though it would mean abandoning her father.
She didn’t think things could get any worse until she was forced upstairs to the Dome to be a servant-girl at a bachelor party. That’s where she met Leisel Holt, the president’s daughter, and her fiancé, Jack Kenner.
Now Sunny is wanted for treason. If they catch her, she’ll be executed.
She thought Leisel’s betrayal was the end. But it was just the beginning.
Yes, it’s the first in a planned trilogy.
There’s definite potential, but there are also…issues I have.
Great worldbuilding concept! I love the ideas–the Dome, the generations of forced ignorance and labor. However, it was a bit thin in actual practice.
Weak character development. Although I thought Sunny was a mediocr-ly developed character, she’s probably the most developed character of a large cast.
Although I didn’t give up on the book, I was tempted sometimes. It was very sketchy, when a little more length and time would have made it so much better. It’s especially disappointing when you can see the potential, but there’s a lack of follow-through.
Got a free electronic review copy.