Arena One: Slaverunners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy)

Arena One: Slaverunners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy)

by Morgan Rice


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“Shades of THE HUNGER GAMES permeate a story centered around two courageous teens determined to buck all odds in an effort to regain their loved ones. But the true strength in any story lies not so much in its setting and events as in how the characters come across, come alive, and handle their lives--and it's here that ARENA ONE begins to diverge from the predictable and enters the more compelling realms of believability and strength….ARENA ONE builds a believable, involving world and is recommended….for those who enjoy dystopian novels, powerful female characters, and stories of uncommon courage.”

--Midwest Book Review

D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer

The #1 Bestseller!

New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever.

Deep in the wilderness, high up in the Catskill Mountains, 17 year old Brooke Moore manages to survive, hiding out with her younger sister, Bree. They are careful to avoid the gangs of slaverunners who patrol the countryside. But one day, Brooke is not as careful as she can be, and Bree is captured. The slaverunners take her away, heading to the city, and to what will be a certain death.

Brooke, a Marine’s daughter, was raised to be tough, to never back down from a fight. When her sister is taken, Brooke mobilizes, uses everything at her disposal to chase down the slaverunners and get her sister back. Along the way she runs into Ben, 17, another survivor like her, whose brother was taken. Together, they team up on their rescue mission.

What follows is a post-apocalyptic, action-packed thriller, as the two of them pursue the slaverunners on the most dangerous ride of their lives, following them deep into the heart of New York. Along the way, if they are to survive, they will have to make some of the hardest choices and sacrifices of their lives, encountering obstacles neither of them had expected—including their unexpected feelings for each other. Will they rescue their siblings? Will they make it back? And will they, themselves, have to fight in the arena?

“Grabbed my attention from the beginning and did not let go….This story is an amazing adventure that is fast paced and action packed from the very beginning. There is not a dull moment to be found.”

--Paranormal Romance Guild {regarding Turned}

"I will admit, before ARENA ONE, I had never read anything post-apocalyptic before. I never thought it would be something I would enjoy….Well, I was very pleasantly surprised at how addicting this book was. ARENA ONE was one of those books that you read late into the night until your eyes start to cross because you don't want to put it down….It is no secret that I love strong heroines in the books I read….Brooke was tough, strong, un-relentless, and while there is romance in the book, Brooke wasn't ruled by that....I would highly recommend ARENA ONE.”

--Dallas Examiner

ARENA ONE is Book #1 in the Survival Trilogy, and is 85,000 words. Book #2 in the series, ARENA TWO, is now also available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939416476
Publisher: Noah Lukeman
Publication date: 02/05/2012
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Morgan Rice is the #1 bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of the epic fantasy series THE SORCERER'S RING, comprising seventeen books; of the #1 bestselling series THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comprising twelve books; of the new vampire series VAMPIRE, FALLEN; of the #1 bestselling series THE SURVIVAL TRILOGY, a post-apocalyptic thriller comprising two books (and counting); of the #1 bestselling epic fantasy series KINGS AND SORCERERS, comprising six books; of the new epic fantasy series THE WAY OF STEEL; and of the new epic fantasy series OF CROWNS AND GLORY. Morgan's books are available in audio and print editions, and translations are available in over 25 languages. Morgan loves to hear from you, so please feel free to visit to join the email list, receive a free book, receive free giveaways, download the free app, get the latest exclusive news, connect on Facebook and Twitter, and stay in touch!

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Arena One: Slaverunners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 282 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this. It's in the same genre as the Hunger Games, but the plot is totally original. Unlike the Hunger Games, there is no government, no authority, no capitol, no society left alive, no reality TV and no games between teenagers. Instead, it's a lawless society and is really just about a brave girl's attempt to enter New York City and rescue her sister. I love the unique mountain settings of the Catskills and the apocalyptic, urban setting of NYC--along with the constantly snowy climate--none of which are in the Hunger Games. Even the indoor death matches here (with adults) are totally different. This is an action-packed read that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because I liked the concept, but the more I read all I could think was, "Get this lady a Thesaurus!" At first I found it amusing how often the word "grateful" was used, but by the end of the book I was cringing! Granted, this is fiction and your characters can pretty much do anything in your imagination, but if your story has no magic, etc. you generally must keep within reason. So,tell me. Since when does an old Harley motorcycle with a sidecar go 130 miles an hour? They say this book is the next "Hunger Games". Not hardly. In "Hunger Games" Kat's skills were believable, but Brook..., well, let's just say the book just got more and more stupid as it went on. A glutton for punishment, I actually finished the entire book, hoping that it would somehow redeem itself. I don't think the age group this was aimed for would even like it and it's definitely not for anyone under 17; not with talk of men having underage sex. And that's another stupid thing that I found. They're in this house at the end (yes, a spoiler alert. Although this whole book is just spoiled!), she's looking for Bree. Guns are being fired and she's opening all these doors, only to find men having sex with girls, oblivious to it all. I don't care what a man (or anyone) is doing, if guns are being fired in close proximity, you go find out just what the hell is going on!! So, save your money!!
CParker More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2 days. Could not put it down. Can't wait for the next book to come out! I was on the edge waiting for what would happen next.
devilchan More than 1 year ago
Morgan Rice is a great writer. She has a way of making you beleive you are right there next to her charactors. She shows this not only in this book but all of her books before this one. Morgan, as long as you keep writing, I'll keep reading. Thank you. Francis Chandler
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fabulous. Morgan created a new series that is up to par with her Vampire Journals series. This book reminded me of the Hunger Games books along with Amamda Hocking's Hollowland boojs. However, Morgan's work is fresh and new. Buy it!
lynniesd More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day! Could not put it down. I have read pretty much all of Morgan's books and this was one of my favorites!! Will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, this book was pretty disappointing. How many times can you repeat the same plot devices? "We've wrecked the car! OH WAIT, we've fixed it..." "I'm going to die now! OH WAIT! I lived!" With better writing, and certainly better editing, this book had the potential to be great... OH WAIT, it already was was called The Hunger Games.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love morgan rice. This book is one of the best so far. I dont think it should be compaired to the hunger games though. I thought it was one of the better dystopian books out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably the single worst book I have read in my entire life, and I am an exremely avid reader. This book is incredibly unrealistic and the majority of the book is spent on a car ride and is very predictable. The love triangle seemed forced. The author mixes up words, using "lite" instead of "light" and including many spelling and grammar mistakes. She overuses several words and phrases and is second on the list of people who leave the most plot holes, at least in my book. Some of the plot holes included Brooke thinking about a kiss that hadn't happened yet, and having a character's named used before they introduce themselves. This happens again in book 2 when they get a dog and use its name before they have decided on one. Characters die in this book and I didn't care at all, which is disturbing for me since you SHOULD grieve for them as if they're real. Overall, this book is awful. Don't waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went into this book thinking I would get a good, post-apocalyptic world story, like The Hunger Games. At the very beginning, I soon discoverer how terrible a character Brooke was. I wanted to like her, really, I did, but I just couldn't find it in myself to do it. Every single thing that girl did was done just in the nick of time, and every time she threw a knife or something it was somehow the absolute perfect hit. EVERY TIME. I liked her little sister, and their dog, but I'm pretty sure that was because we only got to see them for a second and then they were gone. Ben's character just fell flat for me. AND THE CAR CHASES. There was nothing realistic about them. That motorcycle? No way in Hell it could go that fast and crash into something without the people riding it dying. There's just no way. They were dragged out and boring with her always getting SO CLOSE only for her to lose them again. That made me so frustrated I wanted to slap the author. I know creating tension is a great thing when done right, but this was not done right. I literally had to force myself to read through those scenes. I have to admit I did end up skipping some pages just to get it over with. Over all, mediocre. Actually, below mediocre. I do not recommend this to anyone. Seriously. Do not bother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is poorly written with several holes in the storyline that are never explained. I was very disappointed with the characters, there was no feeling of connection to any of them. It honestly felt like I was reading a rough 1st draft manuscript by an inexperienced writer. The only reason I read it through to the end was I kept thinking it must get better, sadly it did not.
Deadels More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book from the begining all the way to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible! I loved this read and could not put it down. I disagree with any of the haters out there that say this is a rip off of the HG. It's totally original.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't get far into the book when you get sick of the phrases"at the last second, luckily and however". Everything seems to happen 'at the last second'. The escape and fight scenes are a little too drawn out, and quite unbelievable. It amazes me what a 17 year old can do with multiple broken ribs, lacerations and head injuries. As for the story, I like it, but having read Divergent and The Hunger Games trilogies recently, this story line is a bit over used.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gets you hooked but she did not think of it in her head comes from hunger games and alot of movies combied
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So inaccurate - maple sap tasting like sugar water, catching a large salmon in a mountain lake in october, feeding a dog chocolate.....and it goes on and on.....does this writer read or have any real life experience?
ohiobronco More than 1 year ago
This is pure literary junk food. The author would have you believe that a motorcycle stored for 3 years would start right up. You can drive 100 MPH on icy mountain roads and crash a motorcycle at 150 MPH and survive. JUNK - even 12 year old girls (which is probably the market for this trash) should know better. If you are over the age of 12 avoid at all cost!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TOTAL Hunger Games ripoff - a girl who takes care of her younger sister and has a special fighting talent, an arena where they fight to the death, two love interests. I don't see how anyone could say the story was original. I admit I kept reading and hoping it would find some originality, but it didn't improve. And the writing? I haven't read any other of this author's books, but the writing was pathetic with constant repition. In the arena scene, I think the phrase, "the crowd roared" was repeated every few sentences. Every time she barely missed those metal spikes - repeated a dozen times. And every single time she woke up or regained conciousness for any reason, well she never knew if she was alive or dead, and she said just that...every single time. It is a shame because it really could have been a good story for this genre if more effort had been put into making it an original and well written story. If you are still interested in wasting part of your life reading this book, borrow it from someone through lend me or something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this book. It's a nail-biting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, holding your breath kind of story. I really can't wait for the next one to be out. Morgan incorporates some of today's issues into the story and I found it truly frightening. I love Brooke she's a great character to add to the tough, strong heroines out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got to page 45 ( I think) before giving up on the atrocious book. I read books that are at the least plausible, this was far from the case. Extremely predictable in the beginning, but I thought, maybe it is for a younger audience so I trudged on. I drew the line after the "heroine" crashed her motorcycle with sidecar into another moving car at 150 mph and only had a broken rib. This was after she successfully drove across a frozen river at 120 mph. I am dumber for reading this and would like the 45 pages of my life back please and thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So three stars us good. The biggest improvement this book could have had is shortening the driving scene. It went on and on and on where I found myself skipping through many many pages until I got to end of the driving scene. Overall this book kept me reading even when I was muttering to myself "yeah right." Somw unbeliveable stunts but hey we see that everyday in the movies that we watch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half this book is a stupid car chase! Repetative and full of dull vocabullary and retarded everything, this book isnt worth the 99 cents i spent on it. I could be eating fries instesd :( Dont make my mistake! Go the the Golden Arches instead and spend your money wisely.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the plus side it is an easy and engaging read that does a good job of wantung you to turn another page even though you should sleep. On the down side the plot and action reads like a B grade action horror movie complete with over the top fights, deranged badids that get shot to pieces by the score while the hero keeps on going etc etc. Ok if u like that tyoe if thing but there are better reads out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a frustrating waste of time. Surviving in the mountains for 3 tears without learning anything?! Thats just the first stupid plot hole! The 100 page B action movie car chase made my mind hurt! Ram a car with a motocycle at 100+ miles per hour and you are dead. Period. The main character kills or causes the death of SO MANY innocents, its not funny! And the only person I did care about was the little sister. Amateur trash. Worthless waste of time and money. I feel cheated. Can I have my evening and my money back?