Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: Red Rising Trilogy (#1)
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Recorded Books
Voice Actor: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Finished Reading: July 30, 2014
About: “‘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.”
I’m not sure where to begin or how to write an accurate review of this. First of all, re-read the “About”. Usually I don’t fully grasp what the “About” section is saying. Having read the book, and writing this out now, it is dead-on. For this post, I’m going to do it a little differently. I’m just going to list out my thoughts. Good, Bad, Ugly, all mixed in together. Just because there is so much going through my head right now. So, shall we begin? (Rhetorical, we’re going to begin.)
- Eo. Eo is probably my favorite character. She is such a fighter. She is the rebel that every rebel-without-a-cause and every rebel-with-a-cause aspires to be. Let me just lay down a bad-ass example. (Trying not to give anything away, so it might be a little vague, bare with me.) She is caught doing something that is against the Red’s laws, so there is to be a public whipping. While she is being whipped she starts to sing. BOOM. First of all. Hi. Who the EFF sings when they’re being whipped?! And she’s not just singing any ol’ song. No! She’s singing a banned song. One that seriously causes havok. One that Golds fear could cause a riot. BADASS. I want her strength, her conviction, her dream.
- This book is insanely dark. There are waaay too many examples to put down to show you just what I mean. If ever there was a question about whether or not this should be a YA book or an adult book – let me put them to rest. ADULT. Dark, dark, dark. Loved it. I loved how gritty, true, and honest it was.
- We learn things as Darrow is learning things. We’re not given insider information that he finds out 50 pages from when we already knew it.. hell no. We find out simultaneously. There were times when I was definitely taken aback. (All over the board with my language choices today.) Loved.
- Brutal. Good God is it brutal. If you shy away from that sort of thing, this book is definitely not for you. Example: There is a Gold who wears bones and teeth in her hair to show off her trophy kills and destruction. Yes. I did not just make that up.
- Voice Actor! I cannot forget to give a huge shout out to Reynolds. He definitely has the voice that I would imagine Darrow to have. It’s gritty, accented, and gravelly. Loved.
- There is an insane dichotomy going on! I cannot go into details on this one without giving away plot ….things…points… surprises. You’ll just have to read to know what I’m talking about.
- Power of three. YES! As a writer, I love the way Brown frames the story with his power of three. The song! It comes up three times and in a different way each time. Different meanings, different settings, different feelings evoked. Genius.
- Ready for action. This whole book made me want to fight for something I feel truly passionate about. I want to be up there, on the front lines fighting (hopefully not physically) for something I hold dear to my heart.
That was a nice ramble, mambo-jumbo, list of points I wanted to talk about. This is a trilogy, so now I’m waiting for the next one, which doesn’t come out until 2015. The time I’m writing this, that’s at least a five month wait! (Now only a mere few – so close, yet so far!) I will definitely be ready for it. I have discussed my annoyance that there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of new books coming out that aren’t series (why can’t the book just start and finish in one volume?!) I have no qualms with this one being a trilogy. There was just so much going on. At times it seemed long, but it definitely went with the tone of the book. It seemed long because there was a huge passage of time. Very fitting. Much props.
My rating and why: I give it four stars! There is sooo much going on and I’m truly excited about this book. Legit. When, if, you read it – we need to talk! Loved the characters, plot, whole idea, where the story is going, everything. But Megan, why isn’t it five stars? Great question! It’s not five stars becaaause I’m having a hard time giving it five stars when the other books are not out. There are so many questions that came up and I want them answered. I’m reserved only because I want to see how the others play out.
That all being said: tell me what’s going on in your head? Are you excited? Is this on your “to-read” list? Have you read it and think everything I wrote is crap? Let me know in the comments below! Like. Comment. Follow. New book review to come out tomorrow.
Until next time my fellow bibliophiles!