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Red Rising Paperback – July 15, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014: Look beyond the inevitable comparison to The Hunger Games--Red Rising is the first book of a gritty, complex trilogy that blazes its own trail. On desolate Mars, the protagonist, Darrow, is caught in a class system that thrives on oppression and secrecy. He is a Red, the lowest member of society, born to toil in the bowels of the planet in service to the sovereign Golds. When Darrow suffers a devastating loss and betrayal he becomes a revolutionary, taking on a dangerous role in an attempt to bring about social justice. Questions of fate, duality, and loyalty, evolve in a cruel test of war between the sons and daughters of the ruling elite. By turns brutal and heartfelt, Red Rising is nonstop action with surprising twists and unforgettable characters. --Seira Wilson--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A lot happens in this first installment of a projected trilogy. Darrow, living in a mining colony on Mars, sees his wife executed by the government, nearly dies himself, is rescued by the underground revolutionary group known as Sons of Ares, learns his government has been lying to him (and to everybody else), and is recruited to infiltrate the inner circle of society and help to bring it down from within—and that’s all inside the first 100 pages. This is a very ambitious novel, with a fully realized society (class structure is organized by color: Darrow is a Red, a worker, a member of the lower class) and a cast of well-drawn characters. Although it should appeal to all age groups, there is a definite YA hook: despite being a veteran miner and a married man, Darrow is 16 when the novel begins. If told well, stories of oppression and rebellion have a built-in audience, and this one is told very well indeed. A natural for Hunger Games fans of all ages. --David Pitt --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to continuing the series!
The writing is spending which is amazing for someone so young. This being his first novel, I can't imagine what the rest will be like; just as amazing, I hope. The plot is new and fresh and innovative. You won't be bored for a second of the story and, although I have a reading list that is very large, I'm contemplating sneaking the next books in because of how good this one was.
I loved the characters and what drove them. Loved the family ties and the setting. More importantly, I loved Darrow's evolution through the story. He wasn't the same person a couple of chapters in and then he was a totally different one at the end. I bet he questions so much now and the reader, who grows with him and knows of why he is doing the things he does, even wonders what the turn of events will be. I started out rooting for his cause, but now I hope there's another way...a less cruel way.
Read it. Amazing.
This book can be enjoyable for anyone from teenager on. There is violence but it is not overly gratuitous. Their is also talk of a certain strata of society that are only raised to 'please' the high born. So it pushes the envelop a little on a younger audience but should be fine for any well adjusted teenage.
It is a quick enjoyable read. Just push through the first handful of chapters.