Book Review, Dystopian, YA

Review: Red Rising


 ★★★★/ 5

Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA
Buy Links: Amazon , Book Depositry
MVP: Sevro
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 al 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.

Break the chains. Live for more.


“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.”
This book is a tricky one to review. On the one hand I absolutely loved it for the same reasons I loved The Hunger Games. There are a lot of similarities to Susan Collins book in regard to the structure of this dystopian world, yet I felt that Red Rising is the adults version of the popular series. I am a lover of a good reluctant hero and government uprising, however this book was incredibly violent at times and not something I would let an under 15 years teen read. There were moments when I had to put the book down and go and watch something light and fluffy on tv because it was a little too much to swallow right before bed. In all honesty, I think if you enjoyed Lord of the Flies or Animal Farm you would enjoy this book without any problems.
The plot was polished and constructed, the world building of a dystopian Mars is complex and detailed, while the characters were savage and charming. One of the strongest points of Red Rising was the writers ability to demonstrate the best and the very worst of humanity and I admire that kind of courage. There are character in this story that you will hate, and there are some that you will barely tolerate, yet this made for a thrilling read and left me wanting to know their ultimate fates. Would the die? Would the make an alliance? Who would make Primus?
This is book is the first in a three part series and while I enjoyed this book, I was satisfied with the ending and do not feel the need to read the remaining two books. This could be put down to my aversion to the violence, so if you are not a sensitive little pup like me, you might have no problem going forward and reading the rest.

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