Review: Rise: Birth of a Revolution by Mark S. Moore

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Get ready to Rise for a strong debut. I swear, one day I won't make cheerily dumb jokes. Today is not that day.

Rise: Birth of a Revolution by Mark S. Moore 
Rating: ★★★★☆
As a note, a copy of this novel was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

"What makes a traitor?" 

What makes a traitor? Although Rise: Birth of a Revolution has many qualities to it, which lead to many questions in the central plotlines, this is one of the biggest questions Mark S. Moore's debut novel asks. It is, perhaps, a signal of the very soul of The Flynn Chronicles.

Moore creates a spark with his questions of justice and fear; bringing together two seemingly fated, and drastically different, characters. His prose is smooth and cutting, leaving readers with many passages to annotate.

Such as, "Tragedy wakes up monsters in good people."

What I liked most about Rise was how quick and biting it feels while still maintaining a specific kind of bleakness. Further, the relationships have this sense of honesty to them and there's a perfect balance to it. There's strength and passion and fear sprinkled methodically through Rise and the development of it all is just, plainly put, gorgeous.

I don't want to spoil the entire novel for readers, but I will say that it's one of the strongest debuts I've read this past year. Rise has that extra kick in its quality that is necessary to story telling and sets Moore apart from the crowd.

As an end-note to my review, I wanted to make a couple more nods to parts of Rise that I really enjoyed. The parts that are still floating around in my mind now, after finishing. The one being a line, to summarize, about compassion: "You'll either grow out of it or it will kill you." When you take this both in and out of context, it leaves an interesting mark on you for one reason or another.

The last part that I wanted to note, is this description: "Victoria was a woman apart--and a woman with him; they existed both together and as individuals."

Overall, there are many layers of a story. What makes them great is the execution of plotlines; seeing them unravel in real time. Moore is masterful in his craft and leaves readers wanting to read more. I'm impressed and ready for the next installment.

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