Red Rising (The Red Rising Series #1) - Pierce Brown5

Review :: Red Rising

Written by aituriar

From early on Red Rising reminded me of Dune by Frank Herbert. Power struggle in space centered on a young man. In Red Rising this young man, Darrow, just happens to be of low descent, unlike the high-born Paul Atreides. Later, the story began to be more reminiscent of certain YA dystopians, but I still suspect Pierce Brown has read his Dune.

The story kicks off strongly. The early events create tension and maintain interest excellently. Darrow seems to be a sympathetic guy. But then the schoolyard brawl begins, in which parents, teachers and other people try to get involved to the best of their ability. I never got interested in these kind of quarrels when I was a kid, and it wasn't much more engrossing, even though it occurred on Mars. In addition, Darrow became more or less monstrous as the hassle progressed.

I would say that the first part of the novel was whopping great. All the other parts were rather much more painful reading, but the very cliffhanger ending led me to believe that the sequel could very well raise the level of interest again.  

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Red Rising

Pierce Brown’s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

“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 miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future 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 joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.