Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Review)

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“You do not follow me because I am the strongest. Pax is. You do not follow me because I am the brightest. Mustang is. You follow me because you do not know where you are going. I do.”

Darrow is a Helldiver, who are mining Mars for resources needed to make Mars habitable for other humans to come from earth. One day though, Darrow finds out that everything he ever believed is a lie. He used to think his sacrifice was worth it, but he has realised he is just a slave. With the help of the Rebels, Darrow goes undercover as a Gold at a school. However, the school isn’t what it seems.

I went into Red Rising with huge expectations. There were some parts of the book that lost my attention and I was a little worried that I would be very disappointed. However, overall, I was thoroughly pleased with Red Rising, and read the whole book with very little disappointment. The start was good. A little slow and confusing. It was a bit of an info-dump, all the levels of people, etc. But when you got into, after things got explained a bit better, it made it easier to read. The middle lost me sometimes though. Only a little bit, but I felt myself sometimes getting a little bored. Yet, I also couldn’t put it down, which is a weird feeling for me because I usually don’t feel the need to read when I get bored. I think because I was so invested in the characters, and I really wanted to know what would happen. It was an unpredictable book.

As I say in nearly all my reviews of Dystopia books – world building is vital. Pierce Brown did not disappoint. Yes, there were some confusing elements, but overall, there were some fantastic world building. It is a brutal society which is written exceptionally well. It shows that even the rich and the privileged have sacrifices, and have to do unspeakable things. Very well done.

The characters were great. Very well written, and very well developed. I loved Eo, despite how little we saw of her. Darrow is a character you have to grow to love. Sometimes he frustrated me and annoyed me, but you do eventually learn to love him despite his flaws. He is deeply passionate, smart and brave. The characters all felt so real and genuine, as well as the relationships and friendships. A couple of other favourites were Mustang, Pax and Sevro.

Overall, a very well written dystopia which shows a very brutal society. I would definitely recommend.

MY RATING: ★★★★☆ (4.5)

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