Being only half-vamp in a high school like Carpathia Night makes you a whole loser. But Danny Gray manages to escape the worst of the specists at his school. Thanks to genetic treatments he had as an infant, most people assume Danny's other half is human. Which is a good thing.
Ever since the development of synthetic blood – SynHeme – vamps have become society’s elite, while wulves like his father work menial jobs and live in bad neighborhoods. Wulves are less than second class citizens; once a month they become inmates, forced to undergo their Change in dangerous government compounds.
For Danny, living with his vamp mother and going to a school with a nearly all-vamp student body, it’s best to pretend his wulf half doesn’t even exist. But lately Danny's been having some weird symptoms -- fantastic night vision; a keener-than-usual sense of smell; and headaches, right around the full moon.
Even though it's easy to be in denial, it's hard to ignore evidence. There's only a month until the next few moon, and Danny's time is running out.
Peter Moore speaks to adolescents in a voice that will have them laughing, set in a world that will get them thinking.(goodreads)
My thoughts... Red Moon Rising is not your typical vampire/werewulf story. This book is a journey through some of the social issues that have (and in some cases still) plague our society.
The protagonist in this story, Danny, is part of a society that practices segregation and discrimination around species. The Vamps are the dominant race who have all the advantages. The wulves, sitting on the bottom of the pile, are forced to endure less than pleasurable situations and reactions in their daily lives. While Danny believes he is cured of his Wulf genes, some symptoms make him believe otherwise. Danny is a strong male character who has a soft, empathetic side readers will fall for. The villain in this story will make you cringe, as will on occasion, Danny's sister. There are several other interesting characters in the story. Considering the story is about a boy, I think it will appeal to more readers.
Danny shows quite a bit of growth in this book. He struggles to deal with the changes he is experiencing, works to rebuild a fragile relationship with his Wulf father, and even develops a love interest. The ending fell a bit flat for me. However, it was a true demonstration of Danny's character. There were several questions left unanswered and I would be interested in reading more books in this world.
Red Moon Rising hits bookshelves February 8, 2011. Visit goodreads for more reviews and purchase links.