Red Rising (Red Rising 1) by Pierce Brown
Publisher: Del Rey (Random House)
Publication date: January 28th 2014
Genre: YA, Science Fiction.
My rating: 5 stars
“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.
This book takes place on mars and follows Darrel. He and all the other people living underground on mars believe that they are there to make the planet liveable for the rest of humanity by mining a substance called (insert). Life on mars is hard, there is just enough food to survive, they never get to go above ground and men die all the time in mining accidents. They endure it because they believe they are saving humanity. Then Darrel discovers that everything he believes is a lie, because the other humans are already on mars and his people are nothing more than slaves. He joins the rebellion and gets a mission to join the gold academy and graduate whit high marks so that he becomes important in society.
In this, book colours divide humans. These colours reflect a person status and worth. The Golds have the best reflexes and physicality and are therefore at the top. The reds are basically slaves and most of them live underground in mining cities, although a few lucky ones get to be servants in the city. When joining the rebellion Darren learns that not only has mars been liveable for a long time but most of the other planets are as well, and the moon is where the people in charge lives.
I found the world in this novel so fascinating. I loved how there were all these colours and the fact that it takes place on mars. This book was violent. There is a lot of killing happening but it is written in such a way that you really don’t think about the violence until after the book is over. The gold academy is brutal and the only rule is that you can’t kill a classmate on purpose although the teachers realise that accidents can happen.
When I was reading this book I really felt like I was right there with Darrel, enduring everything with him and that’s why a lot of the violence didn’t register because it felt like the only thing to do. There were also a lot of humour in this book that help make the violence fade and not seem so serious.
In conclusion, I loved this book. The world, the writing and the characters were all fantastic and I recommend that everyone (over 15) read this!