Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1
Published by: Del Ray
Pubilcation Date: January 28th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Space, Young Adult
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.
Break the chains. Live for more.
I went into this not knowing anything about the plot and I was totally and utterly surprised. I was certainly not expecting it to be the way it was, and I mean this in a very, very bloodydamn good way. I’m not going to go into to much detail in this review because I wouldn’t be able to do the characters, plot or premise justice – but I will say that I liked it much more than the infamous Hunger Games. This is hands down my new all-time favourite first book in a dystopian series. So yeah, I’m in full fangirl mode. (~￣▽￣)~
“You do not follow me because I am the strongest. Pax is. You do not follow me because I am the brightest. Mustang is. You follow me because you do not know where you are going. I do.”
The writing is vicious – there is no fluff, it is to the point and unique. The characters are incredibly multidimensional, even the ones that played very minor roles. The plot is very complex and whatever you think is going to happen, unthink it, because YOU DON’T KNOW. There is betrayal, and I don’t know who to trust. There is suffering and blood. And then there’s Darrow.
Darrow is definitely one of my favourite YA protagonists. It was such an exciting experience to be told a story from a male perspective, especially in first person. And guys, Darrow is so bloodydamn smart and incredible. He is 5 steps ahead of you. The other characters are all so amazing too, and GAH I could go on forever but I wouldn’t do them justice. I love all of them. Here is some fanart. BASK IN IT. 😀
All of the fanart is by the incredibly talented PhantomRin.
I will say that the beginning of the story is a bit tricky because there’s a lot of information about their society and civilisation thrown at you, but once you grasp it all, the story flows as smooth as a knife through butter. I’m not going to say anymore.
If you’ve been hesitant about starting this series or haven’t had it on your radar, I implore you to read it as soon as you possibly can because you are in for a treat.
Yup. Thank me later.
Also, Pierce Brown is a stand up guy and it was an honour getting to meeting him the other week at the Howler Event in London! 🙂 AWOOOOO!
|Overall:||4.8 / 5|