4.5 stars – I loved it!! It was amazing! A new favourite! Almost perfect!
The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.
Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda
Red Rising has been sitting on my shelf for the better part of this year, and probably would have continued to sit on my shelf if it weren’t for my TBR Jar! I really, really, really loved this book!! It literally has you from like the 2nd page! Like, you feel like crying for Darrow within like 50 pages and then you just want to cheer him on for the rest of the book!
One of the most outstanding things about this book – seriously Pierce deserves a medal for being so skilled at this, is how entertaining and engrossing all the battle tactics were! All my favourite parts in this book were when Darrow was leading a conquering battle someone else’s castle! They were like doing triple backflip jumps and climbing up sewerage pipes and sneaking into castle to carve their logo everywhere! It was so exciting and fun and I loved it! I felt like I was part of the group and I was celebrating alongside them!!
Another amazing thing about this book is all the friendships. The bromance is real in this book! I love when an author is able to introduce 15+ characters into a story and yet you aren’t confused as to who is who. Pierce has created so many real and brilliant character and we got to see their relationships build, change, evolve and break. It’s so awesome and interesting to read a strong true friendship develop between characters that were previously enemies. Pax, Rogue and Servo were by far my favourite side characters (plus, at separate times they all almost had me sobbing). Pax is hilarious! I imagine him as this giant overgrown loyal teddy bear that when excited shouts his name a lot! Rogue has the softs personality out of anyone in this book and I felt so badly that he got dragged into the horrible game. And Servo is the most loyal, scrappy, evil-genius ever! He’s 75% beast, 25% boy and 100% flipping awesome!! I can’t wait to see how all the friendships continue in Golden Sun when they’re all scattered across the universe.
This book is so heartbreaking! Is it a tiny bit twisted of me that part of the reason I loved this book so much is because you never knew who was going to live or die?? Because I feel like that was very twisted of me!! But it’s true, I find it so thrilling to be egging on my favourite characters, while so unsure if they’re going to make it to the end of the chapter! Because of this, there were penlty of times throughout this book were I was just gobsmacked and NOT OKAY.
Darrow is such a strong and awesome character to read from! I feel like it’s rare for a dystopia to be narrated by a male protagonist (or is that just me?). Reading how much he loves Eo’s and his family and what he is willing to go through to help build a better life for Reds was really inspiring. I loved reading as his perspective grew and changed and became more educated instead of all prejudice that it was at the start of the book. I love reading him leading his warriors, how he made sure to be friend everyone and make sure they all knew they were appreciated!
****WARNING THIS NEXT PART CONTAINS HIGH LEVELS OF SASS****
So, before I even begin, remember I gave this book 4.5 stars. I LOVED IT! But just because I loved it doesn’t mean it was fault free. This dystopia, like a lot of dystopias is very Hunger Game-ish. Like, channel’s Hunger Games 100%! This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I like the Hunger Games after all, I just think its lack of originality should be mentioned. But hey, I won’t give everything away you make up your mind for yourself…
- The colour you’re born into designates your work, social standing, money ect. (Hint: sounds a bit like the districts doesn’t?)
- Darrow is born into the lowest colour (Hint: Hey, wasn’t Katniss in the lowest district?)
- Darrow is given a makeover so that he no longer talks, acts, or ascetically looks like he’s a Red (Hint: Doesn’t that sound a lot like what Effie and Cinner did to Katniss?)
- A game where half of the original participants have to kill the other half, and then battle each other to determine who’s the best, wherein more people die. Oh, and important Golds are able to give gifts to their favourites to help them out. (Hint: Oh, I don’t know THE HUNGER GAMES).
- Darrow wins the game in a way that has never been done before, both pissing off and impressing a lot of the Golds. (Hint: The 74th Hunger Games finale was one for the history books)
As I mentioned, I loved this book and all these similarities, although are glaringly obvious, are still delivered in a way which is so entertaining and suspenseful. I was able to notice the tropes and then let them go to able move on and thoroughly enjoy the book.
Overall, I LOVED this book! It has definitely become a year favourite! I can’t wait to get my hands on Golden Son! I so impatient to see what happens next!
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