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This review is from: Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy) (Hardcover)
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In Red Rising, the first book in a new trilogy by Pierce Brown, we are introduced to our hero, Darrow. A hero with flaws, quick to anger but with a sense of justice. Brown's narrative brings these flaws to life, and there is a genuine connection built up with the protagonist.
The book gives a sense of its genre and origins from the beginning, with a Tolkien-esque map depicting the area that much of the book is played out in (although not the first part.) Parts 1 and 2 (Slave and Reborn) rattle along quickly, taking Darrow from Low-born Red to God-like Gold - at which point the real story begins.
Is our hero merely the agent in a class struggle, or does he have agency of his own? As he grows into the role he has been trained for in the class uprising, so his own moral compass begins to show through, and soon we have a fully realised hero.
Whilst following the genre's tropes and memes diligently, this book provides something other authors fail with - a sense that the main character can control his own destiny. With two more books to come, we await to see where that destiny leads - and I will be continuing with the series as the next books are released.