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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Avid Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Aug. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LO0PUK0
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At first, I wondered what all the fuss was about. While the setting - a pitiless, hierarchical society that keeps its most downtrodden, the "reds", slaving in the mines of Mars - is well drawn, it didn't seem anything special. Then Brown did... something... and the book seemed to rise to a whole new level.
Darrow, the main protagonist, is one of the reds, who toil in atrocious conditions to produce the minerals that are needed to make Mars habitable. If they strain every muscle and meet their quote, they may get a little more food to share, a few more comforts, and Darrow shows himself bold - almost reckless - in straining to achieve this.
It's all a con, of course, and we pretty soon see that things are rigged to set the miners against each other and keep the elite - the "golds" on top at all times. So Darrow turns rebel, at terrible cost, and sets himself against the hierarchy. The rest of the book is then a thrilling description of how, in the "Institute" he is forced to play deadly power games with the sons and daughters of the elite in order to rise and win the power that will - perhaps - one day be used to free his people.
The story of what happens in those games is, again, a lesson in power and a lesson in division: I don't want to give too much away to anyone who hasn't read this yet but we see - as one might expect - that the structure of the mines is repeated at all levels, with friend set against friend, brother against brother (and sister).Read more ›
Red Rising by debut author Pierce Brown is a very difficult book to review. It is clear that Brown is an excellent writer with amazing ideas, but at the same time it does not feel possible to rate the book any higher that two or three stars. This first book of three is somewhat alike The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins and has some very exciting themes. However at other times it provoked a range of emotions from disgust to almost verging on boredom.
Set thousands of years in the future, the world has become colour coded. Gold are the elite, the ruling colour, and at the bottom of the pile are the Reds. Darrow is a Red and lives below the surface of the planet Mars in the mines with the responsibility of helping to make the planet’s surface habitable for humans in the future. He soon discovers that the ruling societies have been lying to him all his life, and to the many generations before him. But there is an uprising brewing and Darrow has been chosen to play a vital role in it, even though that means pretending to be the enemy.
Although it was difficult to get into the novel it appeared to be clear what the plot would be about. Wrong! Once Darrow has been trained to behave like a Gold the storyline changes completely. It is almost as though it is a different book altogether. Red Rising suddenly becomes Hunger Games-esque and the situations with the Reds, while being referred to once or twice, was all but forgotten. Presumably those original themes will continue within the final books of the trilogy.
Living under the surface of Mars with no sunlight speeds up the aging process of the inhabitants.Read more ›
The Reds are viewed by most as little more than beasts of burden. From their ranks comes Darrow, a young man given the chance to rise above his station and try to right the wrongs that exist everywhere. A traumatic event in Darrow’s life opens his eyes to the larger world and a secret society tasks him with infiltrating the Golds as a 5th columnist. His goal? To bring down their rule from within. The hate that radiates from Darrow, and drives him to take on this likely suicidal mission, is palpable. In all honesty, knowing the reasons for his hate, I can’t say that I blame him. The Reds are being exploited at every turn and Darrow witnesses that exploitation at the most personal level. His rage is the fuel that fires his journey. There is an interesting evolution in his character as the plot unfolds. He experiences the slowly growing realization that it’s not just the Reds who are suffering. Irrespective of the colour caste someone is born into, they are as much a prisoner to their role as the Reds are. Darrow comes to appreciate the inequality that exists everywhere from the bottom right to the very top.Read more ›
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Fast paced dystopian ya novel. Enjoyed characters, plot. Set up at beginning was good...middle a big stagnant but the end was great! Will definitely read the next onePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
A good test of the first book in a trilogy is how quickly you want to read the next of the series. Well, I'm straight into it! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Partick Potter
Absolutely brilliant book.
Very much in "The Hunger Games"/dystopian type vibe but with an Ender's Game/Star wars type cross over. Read more
Reading a book in isolation can create the false impression of that book being good. I just happened to read Gone Girl just after this book, and what a difference. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
As a fan of dystopia series generally I am surprised that it took me so long to get round to this, but with the third book in the trilogy due out early next year, I thought I'd... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Crazy Jamie
Was well written and the writing style of Brown really hooked me. Would definitely recommend.Published 1 month ago by Rose
Derivative nonsense that I convinced myself was good based on Goodreads. I look forward to the film adaptation for which this has plainly been made.Published 1 month ago by Tolu Oyediran
*This review was originally published on my blog, which is where you can see it in full. Below is my quick review.*
Perfection. That's what this book is. Read more
Red Rising is a novel of layers. Young Helldiver, Darrow, begins his journey deep in the bowels of Mars, mining for Helium-3 with his fellow Reds. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Myles