Red Rising by Pierce Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ender Wiggin, Katniss Everdeen and now, Darrow!
WOW. This book was a Colossal Epic! It has been a long while since I have been this addicted to a book.
At first glance, the story seems to be just another rebellion. But, even in a world where dystopian uprisings are a dime a dozen, ‘Red Rising’ manages to stand apart.
Our hero Darrow lives under the surface of Mars mining for precious minerals. He is a ‘Red’. Note: The caste system is color coded and the Reds are the lowest of the low. A heart-wrenching turn of events set in motion a grand scheme to smuggle Darrow into the Institute, an elite school for Gold (the ruling cast) students.
I have been to Battle School, Hogwarts and even the one in Oasis. But, this school simply blows them all away. Simply put, it is a Game of Thrones. It has it all - friendship, love, betrayal, trust. There are Houses and the last one standing is the winner.
The world building and the character descriptions are simply awesome. Darrow is a very complex and likable creation. Eo, Cassius, Sevro and Mustang were also immensely likable characters. The Jackal, the bad guy, was also brilliantly portrayed.
But, my personal favorite was PAX. I related Pax with the legendary ‘Luca Brasi’ in The Godfather. Pax is a fearsome warrior and Darrow’s Luca Brasi. I couldn’t stop shouting ‘Pax au Telemanus’ along with Pax as he usually does when Darrow storms a castle.
The book was so gripping and so intense that it was insanely hard to simply put it down. Begin Sidebar - My phone did the sweetest thing. He saw me reading for several hours straight and asked me to rest my eyes. Isn’t that cute. I really love my phone. End Sidebar.
Have you read the Hunger Games? Of course, you have. Do you like the Game of Thrones. Unless you have been living under a rock these last few years, of course you do. So, you are also gonna simply love the Red Rising. Just read it already!