"Sunset Rising" (Book 1) - a YA (16+) Dystopian novel by S.M. McEachern


Imagine if the world was in the process of being annihilated by nuclear bombs and you discovered a secret military refuge – what would you be willing to do to get inside to safety?  And how would life evolve inside such a confined space?  This is the backdrop to Sunset Rising. 

Born a slave in the Pit, seventeen-year-old Sunny O'Donnell has reached a breaking point in her life.  If trying to keep her father alive while still pleasing her demanding fiancĂ© isn't stressful enough, now food and water rations are being reduced and workplace beatings are occurring more frequently.  Although life in the Pit had never been easy, lately it was getting intolerable.

Then a chance meeting with Leisel Holt, daughter of the Dome's insane President, gives Sunny a spark of hope for the future of the Pit.  In an effort to fan that spark into a flame, she agrees to pose as the bride at Leisel's wedding to Jack Kenner in order to save the bride from an assassination plot.  But instead of saving Leisel, Sunny unknowingly plays into her political game and ends up marrying Jack Kenner herself.  Now on the run as a traitor, Sunny escapes to the Pit with her new husband in tow only to find that her marriage has ignited a rebellion. 

"Sunset Rising" is the first book of a series.  It is the tale of how a love story can revive the human spirit to rise up and fight the bonds of oppression.

What some readers are saying about "Sunset Rising",


"Sunset Rising" is thrilling; there is no better word for it. It lures readers in with its fresh and tempting plot, and then hooks them with nonstop action that leaves them reading late into the night… Romance, intrigue, and action all come together beautifully here to create an experience that will leave anyone asking for more.

Molly Burkemper for Readers Favorite.


I am shocked this is this author's first book. It is excellently written, fast-paced, and loads of fun. I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic fiction. - Kerry MacAvoy (Amazon and Goodreads)


If you don't have a Kindle this book alone is worth the price of the reader.  Hard to believe this is her first effort. - Dulce (Amazon Reviewer)

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