Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

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Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

(via Goodreads)

This book is out of control. It’s visceral, it consumes, and it demands attention. It’s Lord of the Flies meets Game of Thrones in space.

The start of this book is problematic for many, myself included. It’s a new writing style and a new type of character. I was forced to slow down and pay attention. But once I did, this book grabbed me by the throat and wouldn’t let go.

Our main character is complex. He comes from the lowest rung in society and he is infiltrating the highest. He has much to remember and the stakes are high. I liked Darrow and I was cheering for him the entire time.

The supporting characters were strong and no matter their ‘roles’, we understood them and why they did the things they did. It was great not to have two dimensional supporting characters.

Book one of a trilogy, Red Rising had a lot of work to build a world we would want to continue reading through book two and three. Brown did this very well. I am so excited to see what happens in the sequels and I am so glad they’re already out!!!

4.5/5

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