Red Death
by Jeff Altabef
Evolved Publishing

"She didn't scare easily, but the devil used the moon to create mischief, and a full moon meant danger."

In a world where the Red Death kills a person before they become an adult, Eden is the only safe haven untouched by the virus. When Aaliss' brother, Wilky, finds a cure for the Red Death, he isn't thanked for his discovery. Instead, he and his sister are betrayed by the ones who are supposed to guide and protect them. Forced to flee Eden and the life they once lived, they are thrust into a foreign world that challenges their beliefs and ability to survive.

Where dystopian novels are a dime a dozen, Altabef creates an epic tale that stands out. While the premise follows the pattern of the dystopian genre, the author twists the tropes into something fresh and imaginative. A perfect example revolves around the center of the dystopian genre: the corrupt government versus the lone protagonist. While Eden's government is co-controlled by a corrupt High Priest and President, not all who are a part of the religious sect are conniving or evil. Additionally, in the outside world, the government of the tribes are also a mix of corrupt and good individuals. In other words, the perspective of the world is not simplistic. Altabef does a fantastic job of making concepts thought-provoking and delightful to read.

Red Death will appeal to a wide audience since it has something for everyone. It's action-packed, with plenty of chases and fights for those who enjoy adventures and drama. There are enough twists to surprise those who are intrigued by political intrigue, suspense, and cliffhangers. Amid kingdoms to unite, princes to save, and lives on the line, there is also a playful romance sprinkled throughout for those who desire some lightheartedness.

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