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Red Rising Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • 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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By D. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2014
Format: Paperback
I somehow managed to miss this book despite it getting lots of praise when it appeared earlier this year, but finally picked it up in anticipation of the sequel which is due early in 2015.

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).
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Actual rating 3.5 out of 5.

Firstly, I'd just like to say that this novel contains a number of things that some readers may find disturbing, including rape and torture. Although some people consider this novel YA, it's actually pretty adult. I wouldn't recommend it for readers under the age of 16.

I think that this was one of those novels that was just too over-hyped for me. I went into the story expecting to love it but it just fell short of my expectations. It's not a bad book, not by a long shot, but it's just not what I was expected.

The best thing about the story is its world building. That, quite frankly, is staggering. Brown's world is just so vibrant and real. The book really throws the reader in the deep end and so it's initially quite daunting to read but it's immersive. By the time I was 100 pages into the story, I could really imagine what it was like to be on Mars. The story is equal parts Enders Game, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and Brave New World, though never really feels derivative of any of them. The author weaves elements of each of these very different stories together to form an original new whole.

Yet the book had a few gaping issues that hindered my enjoyment of it. First was the structure of the story. The pacing was a bit all over the place with the early part of the novel deathly slow and the climax just too abrupt. I also felt that it lost itself a bit during the game. The early exposition seems to be forgotten as Darrow's focus is entirely on victory. I also felt the writing was a tad too melodramatic and over-descriptive. Darrow is supposed to be slave-caste but speaks like a poet.

I also felt that Darrow was too shallow a character. He's such a blank slate.
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Format: Hardcover
Pierce Brown has created a stark vision of the future in Red Rising, his debut novel. Mars, and other inhabited worlds throughout our galaxy, is ruled by an elite class who have spent many hundreds of years creating a rigid culture where everyone is born, lives and dies in a predefined role. At the top are the Golds, the genetic crème de la crème, virtual living gods and the embodiment of perfection. Far below, on the bottom rung of the ladder, are the lowly Reds. They are the downtrodden masses, the miners and menial workers, largely ignorant of the huge lie that underpins their existence.

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.
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