Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Red Star Rising by Tyler Roberts is a gripping novel with a strong dystopian and political setting. The American Empire is on the brink of collapse, economically weakened by its uncontrolled spending and mounting debts. Now, China wants the debt repaid and the US is unable to do so. So, China moves in, asking to be repaid, and does more than ask for what the US owes. Several US cities are bombed and the country is in a state of complete siege. China plans to extract the resources from the country and to enslave US citizens. It is against such a backdrop that two families, Lang and West, struggle to survive. Follow their journey in a world where the future is uncertain as they try to locate family members while warding off danger. Will they be able to survive?
Although this is a novel with a dystopian setting, this reader can’t help but think of this story as prophetic. The realism injected into the writing is stunning and, as one reads on, one feels seized by the unsettling feeling that events depicted in captivating prose and vivid descriptions could come to pass. Red Star Rising is beautifully plotted and the execution is masterly. I couldn’t stop reading. Tyler Roberts is a great storyteller with a particular gift for character and setting. The reader feels like they are part of the world he creates. The pacing is measured and the entire story features intense moments of action. This is balanced and deft, an entertaining story for fans of dystopian fiction.