Series: Red Rising #1
Published by Random House LLC
Published on January 28th, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Oi, alright. So I hit the band wagon a little bit late. I didn’t even know this book existed until like a month ago. When I first started Red Rising I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. I was utterly baffled to be quite honest. Pierce Brown’s plots are awfully slow moving, I swear I aged twenty years after reading this novel. Now before I get chewed apart, I have to admit something. At first I dreaded how slow the book moved, but then I realized that this bloodydamn book would have been trash had it been a fast-paced novel. Due to the slow moving plot, the tremendous world building and character growth – the reader is essentially drawn completely in. This book wins my top read of 2014.
With Red Rising, Pierce Brown won Best Debut Goodreads Author of 2014!
I have never been so engrossed in a book like I was with Red Rising.
I’m not going to give an explanation of what takes place in this book. I can’t. Each and every reader will experience this novel in their own unique way. What I will elaborate on is what made Red Rising what is was for me.
The story, oh man. The story was the most peculiar thing I have come across. It set the bar for sure, and as a debut novel, Brown can only soar from here. This is one of those books where you have problems getting out why you loved it so much. Normally when a book is really descriptive I find myself skimming segments and so such, but with Red Rising I dared do no such thing. Every word I devoured and analyzed. Passages made me reflect on today’s humanity. The writing was absolutely brilliant, it was different – fascinating if you will.
There is no comparing it to other things I’ve read or seen.
The main character, Darrow was not my favorite to say the least. Definitely not. It took me 57% of the book to fully enjoy the character. My favorite character; however, had to be Sevro. I can’t tell you how much this little shit made the reading experience twice as fun. He and Darrow’s bond is the definition of a prime bromance. Give me all the Darrow and Sevro scenes. My second favorite was Eo, such an elegant and beautiful character. Her ghost haunts every fibre of the story – she’s not present for much of the tale, but in a way she’s still one of the MC’s. All the characters impacted the story in their own ways, some character you absolutely hate, some you love. It all depends on who you are.
One of my favorite quotes is from Eo,
“Death isn’t empty like you say it is. Emptiness is life without freedom, Darrow. Emptiness is living life enchained by fear, fear of loss, fear of death. I say we break those chains. Break the chains of fear, and you break the chains that bind us to the Golds, to the Society.”
This is not a light and cheery read. It’s told in the POV of Darrow, who to be quite blunt is a VERY morose character. This kid goes through hell and back again. He battles the very enemy he pretends to be. Red Rising was a painstaking thrill ride from start to end.
“You brave Red pioneers of Mars – strongest of the human breed – sacrafise for progress, sacrafise to pave the way for the future. Your lives, your blood, are a down payment for the immortality of the human race as we move beyond Earth and Moon. You go where we could not. You suffer so others do not.”
This story was enthralling and will only exceed in the second installment. Golden Son, the sequel is set to be released January 6th, 2015.