Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Published: 28 January 2014
Publisher: Del Rey (Random House)
I first picked up this book because a lot of people were telling me how awesome it is and also that if I loved Red Queen (by Victoria Aveyard), I would love this book.
Still, even that I wasn’t entirely convinced to read it but then I bought it at a low price and I was like “Why not?”. And let me tell you, I love it so much!!! It is one of my favorite book of all times.
“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.
Starting this book, I didn’t have any expectations whatsoever and I didn’t even read the synopsis so basically, I went into it without knowing anything. And I was so pleasantly surprised.
To be honest, at first I didn’t love it immediately. I have to admit that the first few chapters are hard to go through. I know a lot of people who DNF it because of the start. But you have to continue reading!! The start is quite complicated to understand because there is so much world building that makes your head spin and also the language is quite complex. So I definitely do not recommend reading it if you’re new to the YA world, but you should read it later when you’re more experienced because it’s amazing. And for advanced readers who wants to read this book: Read it until the end because trust me, you won’t regret it. So be patient
The world in this book is a mystery at the beginning but if you keep reading, you learn so much more about it and it is just mind-blowing!!!
Now let’s talk about the writing. Like I said before, it is quite complex and kept slowing me down, but I kept going and eventually, I got used to it. I’m not saying I perfectly understand everything without any troubles though. I just have to give my full concentration to the book because or else, I will miss some parts out. I would have liked to have a glossary though. It would be so much easier.
I’m not going to say much about the world because you will discover it as the story goes and I don’t want to spoil anything.
But even with the complex writing, I absolutely loved it!! It is so action-packed and it doesn’t sugar-coat anything. It is true and raw. Sometimes the descriptions are so brutal and you can’t help but wince. It is one of the few books that made me want to keep reading until I finish it without doing anything else.
I don’t know what else to add without spoiling anyone so here comes the spoiler section
Where to start?? Honestly, I cried when Eo died and I was really surprised to do so because I’m emotional but not when I am at the very beginning of a book. I have to know the characters first. So it was a little weird to see tears this early in the story. I was not even THAT attached to Eo. But seeing her getting ripped away from Darrow because of a song was just so emotional that I couldn’t let the tears in. This moment is so powerful and emotional that you can’t help but wish that she was still here.
The whole transformation of Day was just epic! It must have hurt a lot but the descriptions were so raw, it made me so excited for the rest. The world just expanded and it was just mind blowing. Like I said, the descriptions were amazing. How the author described the action scenes. I was so pumped by it.
The game!! This book has one of the sickest game ever. I’m not even kidding. I was so into the story. If you didn’t know, I love capture the flag and having it this version, it was amazing (though I would probably end up dying). Mixing my favorite outdoor game and a survival game is the best!!
Honestly, the characters weren’t the thing that interested me the most. I didn’t love Darrow or any other characters except Sevro, but I liked them; just didn’t love them. I didn’t feel a deep connection with any of them but I hope that in the future it will be the case.
Overall, I’m really excited for the next book!!! And I definitely recommend this amazing book! Give it some time and you’ll see just how awesome it is.