“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.”
Move aside Katniss. Take a number Tris. Because Darrow is here, and he’s about to take the reading world by storm! Seriously though, Red Rising by Pierce Brown is by far the best dystopian novel that I’ve read since The Hunger Games! Fast-paced, thrilling, and down right addicting, Red Rising is the only thing I’ve been able to think about since I finished reading it five days ago!
Sixteen-year-old Darrow is a Red. Ruled by the Golds, the Reds mine precious resources below the surface of Mars, hoping to one day make the planet habitable for their future children. Despite the hard work, Darrow is happy…that is until he discovers that everything he knows is a lie. Mars is habitable, and has been for generations. Rather than allowing the Reds to join them on the surface, however, the Golds have continued to exploit them as slave labour.
While a rebellion is tempting, there is no way that the Reds could overpower the genetically stronger Golds, who are trained warriors and control fleets of soldiers. Instead, Darrow decides to infiltrate the Golds by joining their ranks, gaining their trust, and eventually taking them down from the inside. If his plan is to work, however, he must first graduate from the command school, which is literally a battlefield. Students are pitted against each other in ten teams to fight what has to be the biggest and most violent game of capture the flag imaginable. The only rule: Win.
I won’t lie, Red Rising got off to a bit of a clunky and slow start for me, but once Darrow started his plan of going undercover as a Gold, I was completely hooked! I love books that are cunning and strategic, and Darrow’s time spent in Command School was absolutely brilliant! I just couldn’t put the book down once the events in the “game” began to unfold! Every twist and turn in the plot was an absolute delight! I was biting my nails on more than one occasion, waiting to see how and if Darrow would survive each brutal encounter.
Besides the slow start, there is absolutely nothing about this novel that I didn’t LOVE! Red Rising was beyond addicting, and I’m already suffering from withdrawal while I wait for the sequel. The world that Pierce Brown has created is brutal, harsh, and incredibly intriguing! If you love dystopian novels, science fiction, or books with plenty of fast-paced action, then Red Rising is for you! Go and buy a copy now, because I can guarantee that it is going to be the book that everyone will be talking about in 2014!
Rating: 5 Stars!!
Ps. Just in case you weren’t already aware, due to the violence in this book (like murder and rape), Red Rising is actually a work of Adult Fiction. That doesn’t mean that teens can’t read or enjoy it, but I would not advise it for younger readers. I would probably say that this is a book for 16 and older!