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Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

Red Rising Book Cover Red Rising
Red Rising Series #1
Pierce Brown
Fiction, Young Adult, Sci-Fi
January 28th 2014

"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them."

"I live for you," I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Maria’s Review


➦Just a quick review on this one. If you enjoyed [bookcover:The Hunger Games|2767052] this book might be for you. It is much more violent and some scenes are pretty graphic. I sometimes cried or squeezed my eyes shut in disgust!

➦It took a little while for me to get into the book. The beginning had a lot of world building and quite a bit of information was dumped on me. Half way into the story, however, it became almost impossible to put the book down. The plot was unpredictable and exciting. Non-stop action in the second half of the book, real nail-biter, this one.

➦I loved the hero. He is the underdog fighting for freedom and equality for his people. He is sent to infiltrate the Golds (the highest social class) and has to pretend to be a friend to a lot of people. He can’t trust anyone but yet… somehow… new friendships are made. The secondary characters are nothing short of spectacular.

➦I can’t wait to start the second book in this series!