Publisher: Random House – Del Rey
Genre: Science Fiction – Dystopia
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
Red Rising is about a slave in a cast system who dreams of more. After finding out that his people have been lied to Darrow, the main character, sets off on a dangerous mission with a rebel group to rise up against the Gold leaders of the society.
I am writing this review after my second time reading this book and I feel like I have a whole new appreciation of the epic scale of this book on the second time through. I honestly cannot fathom this story sometimes because it is so much bigger than the paper and cardboard rectangle it lives in. Pierce Brown has crafted such an amazing novel it is hard to remember sometimes that this is his debut novel. The writing is fantastic and very cinematic in it’s detail especially with the tactical strategies and political intrigue.
Darrow goes through a lot to live up to the dream his wife has for him. At each new shift in his situation Darrow reminds himself of his motivations and struggles to stay grounded in them while keeping practically everything about himself a secret. Darrow has to disguise himself as a Gold and attend their Institute where he isn’t taking classes but battling with other students to gain control of the different houses. Lots of crazy antics ensue and Darrow finds that he can create bonds with these Golds whether it is of necessity or even true friendship to help him gain a favorable position in the game and in Society. Darrow’s friends: Mustang, Pax, Sevro, Roque, Quinn, Leah, and Cassius are all so intense and well developed characters that they don’t fade into the background. They make their presence known and are just so fantastic, Darrow’s plight is the meat of the story but these characters are all of the tasty side dishes and the dessert.
I would love to continue to gush about this book but I don’t want to give anything away… there are so many twists and turns and one wrong word could spoil something. I feel like this story is one that you shouldn’t go into knowing too much because you will never be able to guess what will happen anyways.
If you are a fan of The Hunger Games or Ender’s Game then I would surely recommend this to you because it has been described as a mix of these two books. I completely agree with that description but don’t expect it to be anything like either of those books because it is in a class all of it’s own. Be ready for some cringeworthy deaths and some insane antics because this book is one wild ride!
Have you read Red Rising, what did you think of it? Are you excited for the movie?