Arena Mode

arena_modeMatthew Moxon isn’t a superhuman. But he is in need of a serious cash infusion if he’s going to have a life-saving surgery. So, when the chance comes to fight in The Arena, a televised extravaganza arranged by a billionaire multimedia mogul, he decides to fake it till he makes it. He puts his smarts and his friends to work developing a suit and a public presence until he makes the cut and gets in the contest.

From there, the story becomes an elimination match a la The Hunger Games, The Running Man, The Maze Runner, Battle Royale, and other such stories. Although the plot is nothing new, the characters and relationships are fresh and interesting. I really liked Mox and was cheering for him and his allies to make it through, as well as for him to progress in his personal character arc. I don’t necessarily need the plot to be groundbreaking and unusual as long I’m rooting for someone.

This is the first of a series. I haven’t yet read the others, but they are in my TBR. I recommend it for readers who are fans of comics and superhero stories.

About The Reviewer:

BRYANT-CroppedSamantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her Menopausal Superhero series is available on Amazon or can be requested at your favorite book store: Book 1: Going Through the Change, Book 2: Change of Life, and (upcoming in 2017) Face the Change.

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