Arena 1: Slaverunners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy) - Morgan Rice

Arena 1: Slaverunners (Book #1 of the Survival Trilogy)

By Morgan Rice

  • Release Date: 2012-02-02
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
Score: 4
From 638 Ratings


“Shades of THE HUNGER GAMES permeate a story centered around two courageous teens determined to buck all odds in an effort to regain their loved ones. But the true strength in any story lies not so much in its setting and events as in how the characters come across, come alive, and handle their lives--and it's here that ARENA ONE begins to diverge from the predictable and enters the more compelling realms of believability and strength….ARENA ONE builds a believable, involving world and is recommended….for those who enjoy dystopian novels, powerful female characters, and stories of uncommon courage.”
--Midwest Book Review

D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer

The #1 Bestseller!

New York. 2120. American has been decimated, wiped out from the second Civil War. In this post-apocalyptic world, survivors are far and few between. And most of those who do survive are members of the violent gangs, predators who live in the big cities. They patrol the countryside looking for slaves, for fresh victims to bring back into the city for their favorite death sport: Arena One. The death stadium where opponents are made to fight to the death, in the most barbaric of ways. There is only one rule to the arena: no one survives. Ever.

Deep in the wilderness, high up in the Catskill Mountains, 17 year old Brooke Moore manages to survive, hiding out with her younger sister, Bree. They are careful to avoid the gangs of slaverunners who patrol the countryside. But one day, Brooke is not as careful as she can be, and Bree is captured. The slaverunners take her away, heading to the city, and to what will be a certain death.

Brooke, a Marine’s daughter, was raised to be tough, to never back down from a fight. When her sister is taken, Brooke mobilizes, uses everything at her disposal to chase down the slaverunners and get her sister back. Along the way she runs into Ben, 17, another survivor like her, whose brother was taken. Together, they team up on their rescue mission.

What follows is a post-apocalyptic, action-packed thriller, as the two of them pursue the slaverunners on the most dangerous ride of their lives, following them deep into the heart of New York. Along the way, if they are to survive, they will have to make some of the hardest choices and sacrifices of their lives, encountering obstacles neither of them had expected—including their unexpected feelings for each other. Will they rescue their siblings? Will they make it back? And will they, themselves, have to fight in the arena?

“Grabbed my attention from the beginning and did not let go….This story is an amazing adventure that is fast paced and action packed from the very beginning. There is not a dull moment to be found.”

--Paranormal Romance Guild {regarding Turned}

"I will admit, before ARENA ONE, I had never read anything post-apocalyptic before. I never thought it would be something I would enjoy….Well, I was very pleasantly surprised at how addicting this book was. ARENA ONE was one of those books that you read late into the night until your eyes start to cross because you don't want to put it down….It is no secret that I love strong heroines in the books I read….Brooke was tough, strong, un-relentless, and while there is romance in the book, Brooke wasn't ruled by that....I would highly recommend ARENA ONE.”
--Dallas Examiner

ARENA ONE is Book #1 in the Survival Trilogy, and is 85,000 words. Book #2 in the series, ARENA TWO, is now also available.


  • Worst book ever

    By an222322222
    She gets in a 70mph motorcycle crash and just walks away. So dumb
  • Arena 1

    By bjr10
    I am sorry, hitting a speeding car with a motorcycle and they just get up basically uninjured, couldn’t buy into it.
  • Okay read, but a lot of improvement needed

    By Jim Shwartz
    The book was okay, with a fair number of issues. (These critiques apply for the whole series). One of the things that annoyed me was the number of typos. This was true for the whole series. One example was using “site” instead of “sight.” Beyond that, there were contradictions and small details that got changed to make the plot work. For me, keeping the small details straight is part of what makes a good book great, and this one failed pretty bad. Beyond that, good books usually have a believable plot; in this series, the number of strokes of luck is honestly a bit annoying. Fourth thing, the whole love triangle with Ben and Logan was just poorly done and had way too much time dedicated to it, and to solve the problem, Logan just died, instead of something like the Hunger Games, where the problem was actually addressed without a cheep cop out. Also, it seems that Logan was based off of Gale in The Hunger Games, and that also detracted from the book. For me, at least, the combo of poorly imitating characters from a good book, the typos, the mixed small details, and the unusual good luck so that the plot could work all added up to give a feeling of a cheep knockoff. Thank goodness it was cheep.
  • 5 stars but...

    By Hiannin
    It is a wonderful book except I wish it spent a little more time in the beginning about survival and the cottage, also if you are reading this and don’t like the book go check out my friend em garner’s book “Contaminated” and it’s sequel “Mercy Mode” it is also a post apocalyptic dystopian society story with romance and love and hope, you never want to put it down.
  • Arena 1

    By Dannie721
    This book was by far the best book I have ever read!!!! I have always been a big fan of Cassandra Clare and Sherrilyn Kenyon, I never thought I would have another favorite author as amazing as this women writes. It was literally a book that kept me up reading through all hours off the night, even when I was getting up at three and four in the morning the next day. This book kept u reading and enjoying!!!! AMAZING!!!!
  • Arena One The Survival Series by Morgan Rice

    By Proctorasshole
    I’m definitely a dedicated fan of Morgan Rice’s #1 bestselling Survival series!! It’s easy to understand how this author has created a huge #1 bestselling series plus a USA Today Bestselling writer consisting of fantasy stories. You get hooked on the strong female protagonist that makes you want to be inside the story yourself to help save everyone in a lost world consisting of young adults trying to survive an apocalypse world. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next iBook in this very addictive series!! KSW
  • Good books. Too many typos!

    By Heete10
    Love the series but the editing/proofing is terrible. I find errors very distracting and it’s sad that I even have to write this review. Typos and errors on every other page from beginning to end. Otherwise, great books full of action and adventure.
  • Great action book, some gore

    By Hdhfjdfkfkfkfk
    It kept me on my toes the whole time and I even pulled an all nighter to finish this!!!
  • Good plot, too much filler, repetitive

    By AngelicFlames
    The storyline is good, that's why I gave it 3 stars, just no real development of the other survivors or relationships. My real gripe is the repetitiveness of the book. It's bad, REALLY bad. Also, I feel like it gives a bit TOO much description in certain parts. I found myself skipping, not paragraphs, but MULTIPLE PAGES that were nothing more than scenery descriptions. It's filler overload. An example, when she enters the city & is describing it. We really don't need that much.
  • Brooke is a Bad *** *****

    By skd14223
    This is my second book read by Morgan Rice & what I love about this author is how he sets the scense so well, it is detailed (however not overly so), organized, crisp & on pointe. The books I have read by this author I feel like I’m right there with the character seeing, feeling, hearing everything that is happening in that moment. This book starts with a great introduction of the main character Brooke who you know right from the start is a realist, perfectionist, is harder on herself than anyone else could ever be, a desparate hunger to keep her family together, & a survivor. From here you have what can only be described as an EPIC car chase that may only be riviled by the Blues Brothers classic scene. This book takes you a ambitious / heroic journey from the action packed car chases, to the Mad Max Thunderdome & the burning desire to keep a family together & never give up hope. This is the first book in a three part series & I would highly recommend picking up this book & series. I could even see this book being turned into a movie at some point.