Rise takes place generations after an apocalyptic event. The world in Rise is very different from ours. This detail is critical when reading this novel. The author, Margot De Klerk, has created a complex and scary world mixed in between destruction and rubble. This is a dark place to live.
Technology is gone. Most people are poor and struggling. De Klerk plunges the reader right into this ugly world. People do what they must to survive. Gangs run everything. A different type of order exists than we live in now. Fighting, killing, foul language, sex, and slavery are all a part of this world.
Harley is the central character in Rise. The reader sees life through her perspective. She does the best she can to survive. Harley is a waitress In a hotel bar. One of the better jobs in this society. Since Harley works in a popular bar, she interacts with many different types of people. Some good, some evil, but it’s hard to be sure who to trust.
Harley is in her mid-twenties. There are love interests, but none are series. This is a dark tale. Once I realized how different Harley’s world is from my own, I was hooked. Harley gets up every day and does whatever she has to to get through that day.
I enjoyed this book. Rise is a gritty and suspenseful story. I’ve never read anything like this. I am hoping Harley’s story continues. I’m addicted to her now.