Book Review: Red Rising

RED RISING | Pierce Brown
(Red Rising Saga #1)
01.28.2014 | Del Rey
Rating: 5/5 stars


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 allow Mars to be a habitable planet. The Reds are making the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good of the human race. Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all been a lie. Mars has been habitable for generations. A class of people calling themselves the Golds look down on Darrow and his fellow Reds as slave labor, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought. With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow is able to disguise himself as a Gold. His mission is to assimilate and one day break the chains.

I’ve seen RED RISING and the other books in the series all over bookstagram for ages, but it wasn’t until recently a handful of coworkers gave me the push I needed to finally start the series. I’m kicking myself for waiting so long! 

From the minute I started reading RED RISING I knew I was in for the long haul with this series. It’s incredibly easy to fall in step with Darrow, pick up on the world building, and immerse yourself into the plot of this book. Darrow is one of those characters who a reader can’t help but cheer for. He’s genuine and experiences real emotions throughout all of the challenges and hardships he endures. Brown makes it not only easy to bond with Darrow, but to understand the world he’s living in, both what he thought was real and the true reality of Mars. 

RED RISING takes the reader through many different experiences as you traverse Darrow’s life and each one adds a bit more to the story and sets the ground for future plotlines. I was completely swept away with Darrow’s journey and the last chapter had me immediately hitting add to cart for book two! This is just the right mix of YA, adventure, dystopia, and science fiction to create a bingeworthy read!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

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