Red Rising by Pierce Brown


OH. MY. GOD. This book is magnificent. That is all. No, seriously. THAT. IS. ALL. If you haven't read, or aren't currently reading this book, then something has seriously gone wrong in your life. It's that good.

Darrow is a Red, the lowest caste in a future society on Mars. His father before him, and his father before him, have lived underground and mined precious elements so that a future could be established on Mars' surface. They are slaves to the Golds, the highest caste, but they are the only hope for the future.

But maybe that isn't how it's supposed to be. Maybe the Reds shouldn't be slaves, they shouldn't have to die for someone who treats them like dirt. Maybe it's time to fight back, time to take control, time for revenge. Darrow has the opportunity to break the binds that have trapped his people, and fight for a future that is better. And he will battle through impossible odds to come out on top.

This was better than I could have even imagined. Seriously. Every page I read, I thought, "it can't get any better than this." And then ten pages later, IT WOULD GET BETTER. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I read this novel, desperate to find out what would happen next. And every time I thought I could predict something--BAM! Something completely different happened and left my head spinning. Granted, I'm usually bad at predicting things, but still. It was incredible.

Darrow is one of the greatest characters I've read in a long time. He's pure rage and love. That's the best way to describe him. He wants so badly to exact revenge on everyone who hurt him and those he loved, but he was to use that hurt in cunning destruction instead of violent desolation. He was unfathomably smart and intuitive, and bloodydamn awesome to read about.

The only issue I had with the novel, wasn't really an issue at all. But occasionally, I was put off by the writing. It's written in very short, stiff sentences, with little description and almost zero metaphors or similes. It's very in-your-face, and sometimes it made it more difficult to read. But I also really liked it because it felt true to the story and the character. It's just a writing style I'm not very familiar with, so it was new territory for me.

But seriously, I can't stress enough how amazing this book is. Check it out, and you will never regret it.

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