Red Rising by Pierce Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: January 2014 by Del Ray
Source: library copy
The Earth is dying.
Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to
extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the
planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last
Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a
lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by
a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who
look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and
worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day that
Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself
as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down
his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield -
and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.
This was fantastic. It started off a bit slow, and I almost put it down thinking it just wasn't my thing. I'm so glad I didn't. It does have shades of other novels. I saw a lot of Hunger Games, and some Ender's Game as well. So it was fitting that the main character was compared to the two protagonists of those novels on the front cover.
It should bother me that this book borrowed so heavily from other novels, but it doesn't. There were enough differences and originality to keep the story fresh.
I've already got book two on hold at the library, and I can't wait to see where this story goes.
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