Fever Rising

Fiction - Dystopia
188 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2018
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Fever Rising is a dystopian action/adventure novel by author K.M. Riley. Citizens of the Federacy fall into two categories: the privileged Citizenry and the enslaved Castes. Our first hero of the tale is Kaden Valens, a young man whose very life depends on his servitude to his Sirdar. As a Challenger, Kaden faces the ultimate combat when he’s pitted against his sister, Nix. In a reflection of his parents’ enslavement, Kaden chooses another way, and his rebellion catches the attention of Cassidy Havok. True to her name, our feisty heroine understands the brutality of the lives of the Castes and Castless, and she seeks to change the system on a path of destruction and chaos. When Cassidy and Kaden join forces, this pair of wild rebels dreams of taking back their nation.

K.M. Riley draws on plenty of historical influences to make her brutal dystopia come to life, particularly from the gladiator system of ancient Rome and the caste system still prevalent in parts of modern-day India. In this melding of cultures, I felt the concept for the world was well-grounded, and once you get to grips with the labels placed upon the system and the hierarchy it upholds, the reading gets a lot simpler. If I had one critique, I’d say that Cassidy in particular becomes unrealistic and single-minded a little too often for me to really connect with her as a heroine, and I’d like to have seen more emotional development from Kaden. Overall though, Fever Rising is an exciting novel with a solid dystopian concept at heart.