Monday, February 10, 2014

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Publisher: Del Ray (Random House)
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1
Pages: 400
Received: Received a copy from Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: January 28, 2014
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Goodreads Synopsis:

The war begins...

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable - and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow 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...

My Review:

Woah, this book was not at all what I was expecting... I found this book to be intense and very interesting. Darrow is a character that I will follow until the end, he is someone who is scared of really rising and yet he eventually finds his strength and holds to what he believes in. This story is really just the beginning, there is a lot of great world building as Pierce Brown describes the different stations and what they all do.

I will say there were quite a few disturbing scenes along the way of this story as the descriptions of what it means to become a Gold come out. The way the best Golds are picked is scary, as Darrow learns how to act as a Gold he doesn't realize that he is walking into an unknown battle where you never know who is an enemy and who is a friend. What is so great about this book is how action packed it is. There are so many amazing fight scenes that keep you wanting more, the strategic plans the characters come up with as they are going through "war" with one another really show their strengths as well as weaknesses.

Darrow learns so much about the world that he never knew, at first he thought he was part of a group that was preparing Mars for habitation, not realizing that they are being used and the place already is inhabited and they are just slaves. From then on, Darrow decides to be part of a revolution and bring down this group that believes they are better than everyone. He is trained to become one of them and infiltrate the Golds so that he can take this society down from the inside, but he gets himself into a situation he doesn't expect and war breaks out much sooner than anyone would have thought.

Even the secondary characters in this book are wonderful and very fleshed out so that you can't help but want to know more. The interactions between Darrow and the many different students really show the differences and that maybe he is not the only one with a plan for the Golds. Honestly, everything about this book is just so amazing and well done, the story really takes hold of you as a reader and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end, wondering what kind of things will happen next. This is an amazing start to a new science fiction series that I'm scared and excited to see what more can happen. 

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