Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: Young Adult - Dystopia/Fantasy
Release Date: September 25th, 2014
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
This book definitely intrigued me right from it's synopsis. I'm a HUGE dystopian fan, so I'm always looking out for new ones in the genre - and Red Rising looked like it fitted everything I look for in my dystopia literature.
Dystopian books seem to be literally everywhere at the moment with all the success of YA books turned-to-film like Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Divergent, and I won't be the only one to say how I would immediately go and see Red Rising on the big screen.
Darrow, our main character, is a Red, a helldiver - an extremely dangerous type of miner on Mars, unlike the Golds, who are better than them in the society. He married his childhood sweetheart at sixteen and like all the Reds around him, he works everyday, making the surface of Mars ready for the future population to live on. He does this because ultimately, he knows it will someday benefit his future children and not just his future family, but others. It's not long before he finds out that everything he knows - and everyone around him - has been a massive lie. Mars is already habitable and has been for a very long time. Now, he is thrust into being the one to save the Reds - he must become the best Gold he can, whilst pervading their system. He has to be the best he can be - better than all the rest - to attack them from the inside of their own region. But the Golds are lethal, treacherous people, who kill or be killed.
Red Rising is a thrilling ride of dark, gritty and remarkable characters and plot. Pierce Brown has created a dystopian world full of phenomenal twists and a roller-coaster of betrayal and a mystic, enigmatic tale. He created a magnificent hero of Darrow, a character that just joined my top favourites in a series - competition for Katniss and Tris!
Overall, Red Rising is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner - they would join the already growing fans of the series and tear them from the shelves. This is definitely going to be the next big thing in YA literature!
The quote that stuck with me was definitely:
“Love and war are two different battlefields.”
Fans of YA and Adult dystopia and fantasy. If you've finished The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner, PICK THIS UP!