Book 1 in the Red Rising Trilogy
Published in 2014 by Hodder and Stoughton
5 out of 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.
WOW. All of the wow!
This was freaking amazing!
I started this book not knowing a lot about it, except that there was ALOT of hype surrounding it in the book community, and a friend of mine had only the best things to say about the book, so I’d long been curious about it!
The hype is real! When I first started reading it, I felt so sad and such heartache for Darrow, I mean, his undying love for Eo, his devotion to his family, and again his love for Eo which keeps him alive! Yet, what he went through, my heart! And he is so young at the start of the book, I felt so shocked and sick for what he went through!
What he went through was just the start of something unbelievably epic and unimaginable! I could not have predicted anything that was to come! There were such an array of different characters, each of them had their own voices conveyed so well across the page, yet I still felt like the story in itself was all Darrow, which I personally loved! He is so precious and I can’t believe he is 18 now! How time flew and oh, what he went through! Special mention to his scenes with Mustang, who was such an intriguing and fierce character from the word go! I’m definitely intrigued to learn more about her as the series progresses, and I love how she hummed Eo’s song, I found that to be a particularly poignant mention!
This book was so dark, and wonderful, all throughout I felt like I was getting chills, it definitely feels like I’ve discovered a potential new favourite series, so I’m definitely excited to see where these books go! I felt like, as well as being so visual, there was just so much substance to these books, yet none of it felt overwhelming at all, which was an amazing feat on Pierce Brown’s part!
With betrayal and death possibly lurking at every corner, I felt like I didn’t know who to trust, as Darrow met the other players in this story, I was all like *narrows eyes in suspicion*. I loved the immense amount of visuals in this book! I felt like I could picture everything I was reading, that was so fabulous and eerie in itself! I felt like I saw everything as Darrow did, and felt his emotions..which were so harrowing! I needed him to be okay throughout! I feel like I support his cause and his motives, so I definitely feel his pain throughout the book among the treachery and deceit!
If you’ve been thinking about picking up this book, go for it! You definitely won’t regret it and I’m already dying to start book 2! 🙌
Happy reading 📚