Red Rising ★★★★★

5 stars 

So I no longer want to write incredibly long reviews so this will be the first to reflect that change. 

I loved loved loved this book. I read it every night before going to bed and towards the last few chapters, it was a persistent thought in my mind. I had heard about this book for a few months before I bought it but then it just sat on my bookshelf until I picked it up about a week ago and I’m very happy that I did.

Goodreads summary:

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”

“I live for you,” I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

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.

My Review: 

This book left me wanting more at the end, which sometimes the first book in the trilogy fails to do.

The world building in this book doesn’t leave much to be desired and because of this it can be a little slow at times but it makes the story worth it. I loved the descriptions that the author gave each time there was a scene change.

The main character, Darrow, is someone who you can’t help but like throughout the first couple of chapters. His character development throughout the book is both interesting and enjoyable. He loses so much and he sacrifices so much in order to bring justice to his people and he never really loses sight of that purpose throughout the book.  Darrow learns lessons throughout the book that then help him learn to survive the remaining portion of the “game” they are playing. I love that the author, Pierce Brown, not only teaches the character but he doesn’t just allow Darrow to lead without hardships. Brown doesn’t try and shield the reader from the failings of his main character, instead, he makes them a focus point of the book in order to show how much Darrow has matured as a character.

The ending of this book left me wanting to read more and so that’s why I picked up the second book in the trilogy, Golden Son, as soon as I saw it for a discounted price at Books-A-Million. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good sci-fi trilogy because this is a book set on mars and there is a good amount of discussion about space and science. This book is also full of action so it isn’t the most boring book (except a few chapters in the beginning where it’s more about world building), especially once Darrow changes.

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