Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Source: Birthday Gift
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.
Break the chains. Live for more.
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I got this last year as a birthday gift and I finally got to it this month!
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read. In this we follow Darrow,a Red,as he realises he’s been told a lie his whole life,and infiltrates the Golds.
The setting of this world was fascinating and it is a distant future. I’m not exactly sure which year but humans are living on Mars. This has a kind of caste system where the colour you are dictates how you are perceived in society and what roles and jobs you can have.Golds are the highest while Reds are the lowest. I haven’t read a lot of sci-fi but I really enjoy it. We learn a lot about the world that they live in but gradually. It wasn’t hard to digest and not a lot was given at once. At least that’s what it felt like. The world they live in is very interesting. I also liked the Roman mythology woven in.
In terms of the plot,I didn’t expect it to go the way it did. I expected a school setting and it wasn’t exactly that. I didn’t expect to cry so early on and I did. It’s very brutal. It reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games and I really liked that.The start of the book was kind of slow to build up for the main story. Once we got to the main story, it was very fast. It had a lot of action and there was never a dull moment. I was eager to see where the story was going.
I liked Darrow as the main character,but at times I felt he changed too much. One of my favourite characters was Sevro, he’s very different. He’s a lone wolf and fends for himself but is very loyal too. I liked other characters too but don’t want to go into detail on who because it’s best to find out yourself. I really liked another character and was sad in the direction they went. In terms of romance, this book didn’t have much. I’m glad because we could focus on the main story and not get caught up in the romance of it all.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next one!
I recommend this book to people who enjoy sci-fi, action and want little romance in the books.
Have you read this book? What did you think?
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