Monday, January 25, 2016

Book Review: Red Rising

Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: Dystopia, Sci Fi, YA

Publisher: Del Rey (Random House)
Publishing Date: January 28th 2014
Hardcover: 382 pages

Stand Alone or series: Book one of the Red Rising Trilogy

Where did I get this book: Won in a Goodreads giveaway.

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.
Review:

As the summary explain, this is a story about a man who was born to be a slave. Darrow was born to use his life as the water that will nourish the new world. Yes life is tough, but sacrifice is always needed for survival. Darrow understand this. He believes in this. And he is damn good at sacrificing.

Then one fateful day, Darrow has to give up more than he bargained for.

This story is about what happens when a man gives everything for nothing. It is the classic story of how a person can only be pushed so far before they push back. Now I know I am supposed to give a lot of details, but discovering how this world works is part of the fun. Each color caste has it's own interesting aspects and I would love to read the book from another color's point of view.

I keep seeing this book compared to the Hunger Games, but I am not entirely sure why. While I can see some similar parallels to specific aspects to the story, nothing about this book made me think about the Hunger Games. This book is much darker. It kind of reminds me of Something from the Nightside crossed with Jupiter Ascending or the Maze Runner. Brown does a good job of creating a brutal and yet mesmerizing world. I also appreciate that Brown didn't end the book on a massive cliffhanger. You get a lot of story out of this book and I found myself wanting to take my time since I was enjoying it so much.

There are some parts of this book that are incredibly disturbing and anyone with any sort of triggers should know there is lots of violence and sexual assault. So take care of yourself if you're worried about that.

Notable Quotes/ Parts:

You can read an except here.

Verdict:

Probably one of the best YA dystopia books I've ever read. And that's saying something. I already have the second one waiting for me.

Rating: 9. Damn near perfection

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