Red Rising by Pierce Brown
In this story of vengeance, war, and the continued struggle of power versus morality, former slave Darrow will risk everything to cut down his enemies, even if it means he has to become everything he hates to bring them to their knees…
Publisher’s Description: 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 labor, 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.
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Agent Annie says…
Red Rising by Pierce Brown is perfect for the avid teen reader in your life. It is similar to the Hunger Games and the Divergent series. It’s still young people being pitted against each other and is more bloody and graphic than others I’ve read, but I enjoyed the idea that humans had “evolved” artificially and that caste systems were created to perpetuate a society that had to flee a dying earth.
As the first in the trilogy, the author did a great job of world building, sucking the reader into the plight of the “Reds”, and creating characters that I cared about. The action certainly never stopped and I appreciated the complexity of the relationship between Darrow and Cassius and that Darrow had to learn how to be and to think differently than what society had taught him.
The author has set the stage for the next book in the series, Golden Son, and I will be interested to see if the author brings in more of the other planets in the galaxy that are part of the world he created. I give it a 4 for creating a unique dystopian world and that it is well written.