The Book: Red Rising (Red Rising #1)
The Author: Pierce Brown (yum)
The Pages: 382
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
Red Rising was one of those books that everyone raved about back in 2014 when it came out, it was recommended a million times and had sat in my amazon wish-list practically since it was released. Im a bit wish-washy with my sci-fi, sometimes I love it (a la Ender’s Game) but sometimes I struggle to get into it, so this book kept getting pushed to the back bench of my TBR.
Eventually my wonderful Papa bought it for me for Christmas (along with some other exciting titles I missed from 2014) and so I thought fine then, get over here, you are finally gonna get well and truly read.
And oh gosh oh gosh oh gosh. Every. Single. Piece. Of. Hype. Was. Deserved.
The first line was just in your face epic, “I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.” –like okay Pierce, challenge accepted, go ahead, blow me away.
And he did, but not right away.
The first few pages of this book had me questioning the blogosphere’s sanity for hyping this up so much. It seemed like another typical dystopian and there was so much slang and jargon thrown at me I was struggling to make sense. I felt like I needed a dictionary.
However I persevered, determined to work out what all this bloodydamn slang meant, and oh I am so glad I did.
This book is unapologetically brutal, Pierce Brown does not hold back. There are surprises and plot twist strewn throughout and eventually you learn to expect the unexpected every time you turn a page. My goodreads updates as I was reading were all basically like this: “aaaaaaaagh no please no why do you do this?!”
I’m not sure I can articulate my love for the characters of this book, (so please excuse the fangirl nonsense that is about to happen). Darrow is amazing, just like seriously wow. He’s not a whingey weak character who bitches and moans everytime their life gets hard. But he’s not super-human either, by which I mean he still struggles with the difficult decisions he has to make and his mistakes and regrets stay with him. But he doesn’t let them ruin him, he gets on with it, cheering for the underdog all the way. And he’s tough, my god he is tough. I’m not sure I could have done the things he did, no matter the reason. I admire him and I love everything about his character, his strengths as well as his faults (especially his rage, oooh my *fans self*).
The side characters are just as fantastic. Pierce is the kind of writer that makes me realise I could never write a book. He’s so talented. Every character was real to me, and every death left me reeling, I was that invested in these characters.
Eo? Man that girl had spirit! She’s the type of character that I’d want as a sister, or maybe a girlfriend, who knows? She’s that amazing.
And Sevro? AMAZING. I truly love this guy, how freakin’ cool is he?! I howl for you Sevro, AAAAOOOOO!
This is YA, Dystopian sci-fi at its very best. Amazing characters, bloodydamn amazing world-building and enough plot twists to give you whiplash.
This book had me up till 4am just to finish it because I literally could not put it down. It’s left me with a serious book hangover that has me craving the next book with the same ferocity I crave my morning coffee.
I’m speechless, it was epic and I’m not sure how I’m ever going to read another book because how is it ever going to compare to Red Rising?
Pierce Brown may be a literary wizard but one thing is for sure, if you have not read this book GO GO GO AND READ IT RIGHT THIS SECOND NOW PLEASE.
(what are you waiting for? Get out now and go read!)