|I can’t believe I was so late to the “Red Rising” train. What the heck was I doing with my life? What rock was I living under?!
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising #1
Published by Del Rey (Random House) on January 28th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
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I would try to compose myself enough to write a coherent and thorough review, but really I’ve decided that I don’t want to write to. Here’s why:
When you start reading Red Rising you are introduced to a world that revolves around civilization of miners on Mars who are priming the land for the people on Earth who will be joining later. The world is fantastically dystopian, and Brown did an excellent job making the world plausibly bizarre. The great Roman-ish names, the fabulous lingo, and the jobs the civilians perform all combine to make an easily immersive world. But just when you think you’re getting familiar in that world, EVERYTHING CHANGES. If you’ve only read the back of the book (and haven’t perused the web for a more thorough plot-line) you literally have no idea how the book is about to change.The first few chapters already fly by, but then suddenly these HUGE plot twists happen, and it really becomes an intense page-turner as you try to figure out how Pierce Brown could smash so many crazy things into so few pages. Everything you thought you knew about Darrow (he’s the protagonist, BTW) and his world is flipped on its head.The book ultimately becomes very Hunger Games-like (but frankly, much better so if you didn’t like the Hunger Game don’t let that sentence deter you). There’s so much nail-biting as you read about your favorite characters strategizing, succeeding, almost-dying, actually dying, failing, fighting, forming loyalties (that you know shouldn’t be happening! GAH!), and so much more!!!!