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Monday, January 27, 2014

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising
by Pierce Brown
Random House
ISBN: 978-0-345-53978-6
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Description: 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..



The Good Stuff
  • Fast paced and exciting - was on the edge of my seat on quite a few occasions
  • As you have heard before its like a cross between Harry Potter and the Hunger Games - but a extremely bloody version (Hence why I see it is classified as Fantasy, not YA)
  • Darrow is an intriguing character who behaves in unexpected ways. You can feel his pain and his confusion
  • Plenty of twists and turns -- keeps you guessing
  • Well developed secondary characters
  • Rips out your heart at times
  • Inventive take on the dystopian genre - love that the setting is Mars and how this setting came to be
  • Ok, you know I have to say it - just check out the author's pic and he is a very attractive fellow
  • Nice to have another book that I can recommend to the male readers at work - I would say 16 + or a more mature younger teen as it is quite violent - not a bad thing, but I just want to give a heads up to Librarians and booksellers)
  • Fabulous commentary on power and humanity
  • Incredible world building
  • Nice use of mythology

The Not So Good Stuff
  • The terminology is a tad confusing at times (I feel this way about most tales of fantasy and science fiction so this isn't a bad thing more of an FYI for readers like me)
  • Again not a bad thing, just an FYI - this is brutal and stark and not for the faint of heart or sensitive
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"In the densest places of man, humanity most easily breads down"

"But without her, I feel as lonely as our castle looks on its high, removed hill. I reach for the locket, for our haemanthus. Neither is with me. I feel empty in this paradise."

"I took it with anger and cunning, with passion and rage. I won't take Mustang the same way. Love and war are two different battlefields."

"That is a family. Love. These people are all about glory, victory, and family pride, yet they know nothing of love. Nothing of family. These are false families. They are just teams. Teams that play their games of pride."


4.75 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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