Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review: Red Rising

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)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 hope.

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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  1. This book was one of my favorites last year, and the 2nd book totally blew me away! I can't wait for the third!!! The ending is killer in Golden Son!!

    1. I just got Golden Son from the library. I'm glad to hear it's so good!