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It s like The Martian marries the hunger games, then the hunger games gets into an affair with the game of Thrones I think that speaks for itself, but let s elaborate further just for the sake of my sanity shall we I want to first of all point out what really gripped me in this book, because even though I liked it very much, I was 30% confusion, 20% outrage, 50% admiration I m not to great at math, but thats a 100% of how I felt The gripping part to me was not the romance which was pretty good, oh and that shocking last minute turn , or the action, or even the admirable albeit familiar setting, it was simply the touch of reality in Darrow s character Most authors create a symbolic hero, self less, honorable, and self sacrificial to a point of outrage This wasn t the case here Although Darrow is a boy who knows love and loyalty, anger and betrayal, he is a touch down to earth Yes he is self less and all, but he s a realistic kind of selfless, a person with relatable abilities, a character that stands out, but is still only human It started from Eo and her indulging him in her ideas You see were this any other novel, he would have probably jumped at the idea of a revolution, of change, because well, he is the main protagonist, he is supposed to be wise beyond his years and so open minded and fearless that nothing else really matters But Darrow isn t, he like any other real person depressed by years of brainwashing knows fear, see s the reality of his limitations, and is actually afraid of consequences And why this was so gripping to me is that he is given space to grow, to overcome fears that are logical and real, he is not fearless, but he learns to be brave He masters courage, and finds love where he looked for revenge Also the great page turner was the shock that came right before the game was over, twins Who would have thought, I had considered lovers or allies, but that one came so fast and out of nowhere it kinda made me stumble there for a minute Even though i had a soft spot in me for mustang since the very beginning, and then she nailed her territory in my heart when she saved Darrow s life And Cassius made me want to punch someone, even though at the same time I sympathized with him Who can get over the blood of a loved one easily Despite all the great aspects this book had, I had trouble keeping up with the literature at times The author did quite a splendid job, truly, but I guess his style of writing just didn t sync with me to well There were times when I had focus harder on a sentence to catch its meaning, it didn t let me float through the words and let my imagination free like I usually do with books So I guess those small confusions were my only true complaint about this book But will I be reading the rest Oh, definitely yes, wouldn t miss it for the world Can t wait to see how he will conquer or fall in this tale. I am the Reaper and death is my shadow2 1 2 stars Red Rising isn t really a bad book 2.5 stars still means halfway between it was ok and I liked it , after all And many other reviews will tell you how amazing most people found it, but I struggled to locate the magic that so many other people seem to have found within its pages Red Rising is considered and marketed as dystopian sci fi, which technically it is, but it reads with a dense wordiness that is reminiscent of high fantasy novels This fact will only be a negative for some readers It has the same high level of technical term usage, lengthy descriptions and a slow, plodding plot that has made me put aside many fantasy favourites Oh, and then there s Darrow Khanh s description of him is hilarious and spot on, but I cannot write this review without adding something myself about why he is a Gary Stu of epic proportions The guy is absolutely perfect in that despairingly average way that seems to be the defining factor of YA heroes and heroines He gets everything right, he is faultless, the story is built up around him being so good that he s able to do what everyone else cannot And yet, he s also your average Joe in a way that I suppose is meant to make us readers relate to him.Unfortunately, he felt like a cardboard cutout Khanh was right, he would make a fantastic face of a revolution, but in terms of characters I can get behind, root for and care about he wasn t doing it for me.The reason this book does work is the real sense of tension, nastiness and drama It s easy to get caught up in the atmosphere of the story You get the feeling throughout that the author isn t afraid to rip your heart out, shred it, and stand laughing amid the fallen pieces Which enabled me to read on with some interest, despite the slow moving plot While there were a number of things I enjoyed, this book never managed to cross the line between not bad and actually good in my mind Perhaps it was just too dense and slow moving, or perhaps Darrow ruined my enjoyment but I am surprised to see quite so many five star reviews.One final thing I want to say is about the language Everyone seems to love it I have yet to read a review where the language hasn t been praised as well written, emotive, beautiful, powerful take your pick But I found all the political language incredibly melodramaticYou do not follow me because I am the strongest Pax is You do not follow me because I am the brightest Mustang is You follow me because you do not know where you are going I doThere was something so contrived, even scripted, about it You know in kids films when it gets to the climax and it looks like the bad guys are going to win Then the hero makes a big emotional, dramatic speech about why they re going to beat the bad guys with epic music playing in the background This whole book felt a bit like one of those speeches Like preachy political propaganda, spoken on a clifftop with sword pointed in the air It made me roll my eyes often than it made me feel inspired Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Pinterest 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 SadlyEo Kisses My Cheek Then You Must Live For 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 GenerationsYet He Spends His Life Willingly, Knowing That His Blood And Sweat Will One Day Result In A Better World For His ChildrenBut 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 Than Slaves To A Decadent Ruling ClassInspired 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 I picked up Red Rising because a lot of the people at Worldbuilders were goofy over the books, and, by extension, the author Pierce Brown.Earlier this year, when I went to a convention where he was going to be in attendance, the Worldbuilders team told me that if I didn t capture Pierce like a Pokemon and bring him back to the office with me, I shouldn t bother coming home at all.I got to hang out with Pierce there, and he was irritatingly polite, witty, and charming That, combined with the degree of slavering fanaticism the Worldbuilders team was showing him, convinced me that I should really give the books a try.And I wasn t disappointed They re good In fact I d go so far as to call them great books.I suspect a lot of people compare them to Hunger Games, but I think that s disservice to he books Red Rising has a much deeper, richer world, in depth characterization, and a complex plot.That said, if you liked Hunger Games but you wanted of those things, this book would probably make you happy as a pig with six tits Yeah I don t know what that means I mean, pigs already have six But I m honestly curious if people actually read these reviews of mine all the way through So this is an experiment of sorts to see who is paying attention So yeah Good characters Good Worldbuilding Good Action Good book Worth your time. Reread UPDATE OMG Look at the new BN hardback edition I can t even people There is some artwork inside too but the cover When I first read the book I must have been on crack, because it went from 4 stars to 5 and my favorites list It s bloodydamn awesome Let me just say the second time around listening to it on audio was fanfreakingtastic The narrator nails it and there is a song in the book and a woman sings it at the end and I got freaking chills people Chills I have my loves Darrow, Sevro, Mustang, Pax, Roque There are a few but those are the mains I m going to have to add a few spoilers with excerpts and thoughts So up goes the big ole banner Darrow is a Helldiver on Mars He lives underground digging the earth so other people can live Oh, the things he doesn t know His wife Eo is wonderful but she has her own agenda Below Mars these people are mostly a family Even though they barely get by with food, etc The Golds barely give them anything It s all bullsh t but we won t go there The first thing you should know about me is I am my father s son And when they came for him, I did as he asked I did not cry Not when the Society televised the arrest Not when the Golds tried him Not when the Grays hanged him Mother hit me for that My brother Kieran was supposed to be the stoic one He was the elder, I was the younger I was supposed to cry Instead, Kieran bawled like a girl when Little Eo tucked a haemanthus into Father s left workboot and ran back to her own father s side My sister Leanna murmured a lament beside me I just watched and thought it a shame that he died dancing but without his dancing shoes On Mars there is not much gravity So you have to pull the feet to break the neck They let the loved ones do it If any of the people do anything wrong they are killed I hate the Golds so much The evil ones at any rate One sad day Eo takes Darrow to a forbidden place so he can see they are living a lie So he can see the true world And they were caught They were both to be flogged and they were but Eo decides to sing the song of death And what that means is it is a forbidden song and any who sing it will be hanged But never has Eo been beautiful to me than in that moment In the face of cold power, she is fire This is the girl who danced through the smoky tav with a mane of red This is the girl who wove me a wedding band of her own hair This is the girl who chooses to die for a song of death My love, my loveRemember the criesWhen winter died for spring skiesThey roared and roared But we grabbed our seedAnd sowed a songAgainst their greedAnd Down in the valeHear the reaper swing, the reaper swingthe reaper swingDown in the valeHear the reaper sing A tale of winter doneMy son, my sonRemember the chainsWhen gold ruled with iron reins We roared and roared And twisted and screamed For ours, a vale of better dreams Yes, the ArchGovernor says idly I have an appointment with Arcos Hang the rusty bitch lest she continue to howl Live for , she mouths to me she reaches into her pocket and pulls out the haemanthus I gave her It is smashed and flat Then loudly she screams to all those gathered, Break the chains Darrow had to pull her legs to break her neck It was heartbreak, utter heartbreak The jerks would never let them take down the loved ones that were hanged They left them there to rot and then crushed them to dust when they were skeletons Darrow would not let this happen to Eo He took her down and buried her As he was to be hanged for this, something else happened He did not die He was drugged and taken to an order of Reds that are fighting back against the system Darrow is turned from a Red into a Gold This means tremendous pain that many do not live through Changing the brain, changing the bone structure, muscle mass, eyes but Darrow s body was strong even though it was weak from his living conditions The Elderwomen of Lykos say that when a man is bitten by a pitviper, all the poison must be drawn out of the bite, for the poison is wicked When I was bitten, Uncle Narol left some in on purpose After months of healing and learning to be a Gold, Darrow is taken and given tests to see if he can get into the Golds school to become something of himself In reality, to kill them all Darrow passes and is picked by the House Mars and he is to fight with them against other houses There can only be so many that win The boys and girls go through some horrific things Many lose their lives But it s so bloodydamn good They are ruthless and do what they have to do No, many of them don t want to do these things but they have to do it Darrow has to do it for Eo and for the Reds and all they have lost over the years by all of the lies Darrow is knows as the Reaper.This is a freaking awesome book and I will read it many times There are only a few things in the book I don t like, but there is always that I leave you with the full song from the book Listen, listenRemember the waneOf sun s fury and waving grainWe fell and fellAnd danced alongTo croon a knellOf rights and wrongsAnd My son, my son Remember the burnWhen leaves were fire and seasons turnedWe fell and fellAnd sang a songTo weave a cellAll autumn longAnd Down in the vale Hear the reaper swing, the reaper swingthe reaper swingDown in the valeHear the reaper singA tale of winter longMy girl, my girlRemember the chillWhen rains froze and snows did killWe fell and fellAnd danced alongThrough icy hellTo their winter songMy love, my loveRemember the criesWhen winter died for spring skiesThey roared and roaredBur we grabbed our seedAnd sowed a songAgainst their greedMy son, my sonRemember the chainsWhen gold ruled with iron reignsWe roared and roared And twisted and screamedFor ours, a valeof better dreamsAnd Down in the vale Hear the reaper swing, the reaper swingthe reaper swing.Down in the valeHear the reaper singA tale of winter done.Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Old Review For whatever reason I loved the first part of the book better then the last part I thought it was going to be a cool underground Mars weird thing I m the weird thing, I know I loved Darrow and a lot of other characters but I never wrote any down but Darrow Omg I don t know what is wrong with me Why can t I remember them, uh, because most of them I can t even pronounce, much less think of how to spell them I loved that Darrow was a Helldiver that so doesn t sound right He and his colony of Reds dig into Mars inner layers to get what the world needs to survive Well, guess what He finds out that the world don t need saving, Mars is totally livable There are all kinds of colors on in this world and I m not going into all of them because they have a lot but the ones that are jerks are the Golds I don t like that color anyway By the hands of the Golds and Darrow s wife Eo s decision, Darrow s fate has been sealed for him He is taken into the world THE WORLD and he is changed to become a Gold and infiltrate their evilness and TAKE THEM DOWN Like I said in one of my updates that Darrow went through some serious Frankenstein stuff Okay, not seriously LIKE Frankenstein but some pretty messed up stuff to turn from a Red to a Gold Who knew Then he gets put into tests to get into school and hopefully get on a ship or something cool where he can be a big man to do big things But, the kids are put through some grueling things in order to see who is going to be some of the top contenders It was pretty messed up but life is generally messed up in one way or another I really hope to enjoy the rest of this trilogy I m interested to read what s going to happen now that Darrow is well I can t tell you that, but lets just say he is within reach of the person he wants to end most in the world MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List BIGGGGGG DNFHoly effing hell, people.Or should I say Holy Effing Helldiver All I can say isSeriously though, I was expecting some uber Sci Fi awesomeness here and I feel like I got shafted with some broke ass YA that took itself waaaaaaay too seriously without having any actual sincerity There is NO way I could have been reading the same book as everyone else That s gotta be it My local library must have accidentally supplied me with the staccato speak, melodramatic version of this thing instead of the real onealthough I had a sneaking suspicion this book and I were not meant to be when I cracked this bad boy open and saw these two nuggets of brilliance in the dedication acknowledgement sectionsTo Father, who taught me to walk or trying to be ironic Followed by this little dittyAnd to the reader, thank you You re going to bloodydamn love these books WellactuallyBecause I most definitely did not Not only was the story boring as FUCK to me, but the cocky egotism displayed in the acknowledgements was clearly evident in the writing Every single sentence felt so pretentious that I could only imagine Brown typing each sentence out and then hitting that period button while exclaimingUgh Regardless, this was just not what I expecting in any way So I m not going to torture myself by finishing and then giving what I know would be a heinously unfair review. Break the chains, my loveDarrow has lived his entire life underground He lives, breaths and works thousands of meters below the surface as part of the Reds lowest caste of his society whose task is to teraform Mars for the generations to come.Despite the cold, the dark and the damp, he is happy.His society is poor in food but rich in love, dance and song He married Eo, the love of his life, and they are ready to start a family.But then, he learns.He learns that humanity is already on Mars Has been for generations and generations He learns that humanity has already stretched across the universe and settled the furthest reaching planets.He learns that he is a slave, and the lowest form of slave in that society, and he is destined to die underground along with everyone he s ever known Never to see the surface, never to feel the sun I would have lived in peace But my enemies brought me war. Soon after he learns, Eo is murdered before his eyes And that murder prompts a self sacrifice as YA novels often do only that doesn t go to plan.Darrow is picked up by the rebels and they plan to use his fury, anger and revengeand turn it against the society that betrayed his people The measure of a man is what he does when he has power. They change Darrow s caste from a Red to a Gold enhancing him inside and out and enrolled him into the most elite school, with hopes to destroy this world from the inside out You do not follow me because I am the strongest Pax is You do not follow me because I am the brightest Mustang is You follow me because you do not know where you are going I do. Only, this don t go to plan and Darrow becomes embroiled in a plot far greater than he ever imagined A solid start to a YA I really enjoyed most of this novel the plot felt fresh well, as fresh as any YA plot can be and definitely entertaining.Most of the story focused on Darrow as he went to school which actually felt like an organized Hunger Games With each team being modeled after a major Greek God and the goal to take over the other bases, while learning all about the different war techniques Darrow did feel a bit over the top especially with the Eo self sacrifice in the beginningfelt too average YA , but I was intrigued by his character and his growth over the series than made up for the beginning.So few YA books are from a male perspective, so this was a welcome addition The ending did feel a rushed but I can honestly say that I have no idea where the book is going next and I m completely and utterly invested.Blog Instagram Twitter 5 3 18 ON SALE for 1.99 Updated Review Pierce Brown would be a Gold in the society he built, and it kind of pisses me off This is the third time I ve read RED RISING, it s the first time I ve read it since reading GOLDEN SON, and, than ever, I m convinced he s a bloodydamn genius.AND he s beautiful It s not fair You don t get to be brilliant AND talented AND have those eyes AND those arms You re welcome.In heels, I might be taller than him, but who the hell cares in the face of ALL THE OTHER THINGS Everything about this book is perfection I ll admit, like many others, the first time I read it, I didn t love it immediately I may have even forced my enthusiasm for awhile BUT With every additional read, I see and of the aforementioned genius Tiny, seemingly insignificant things that are easily overlooked in the thrill of first discovery, but at a second glance are the exact kinds of things that separate a good book from a GREAT book.He s crass in the barracks without crossing a line into juvenile bathroom humor He uses innuendo without being cheesy any females out there who didn t swoon at the mention of a helldiver s dexterous fingers and when the innuendo is meant to be cornball, it makes you laugh rather than roll your eyes Well played, Mars They say Mercury is the trickster, but your japes always have a certain flairFlair, eh Well, I m sure I could rustle up some tricks for you on Olympus Huzzah , she coos suggestively. Huzzah. giggle snorts And those are a mere handful of the multitudes of similarly nuanced details found on every other page All I m saying is that if I find out he plays guitar or sings or even gives really great impressions la Tom Hiddleston, things are gonna get ugly.Brown You have been warned.Reviewed by Rabid ReadsRED RISING by Pierce Brown might be the best book in the history of ever.When I first heard about this book, I was accosted with comparisons to THE HUNGER GAMES By bloggers, by publicists, by other authors Everyone has read THE HUNGER GAMES, and everyone loved THE HUNGER GAMES myself included , and the comparisons to THE HUNGER GAMES were probably inevitable, b c RED RISING was the first Dystopian novel since THE HUNGER GAMES that has even remotely come close to the same level of brutality IMO.However, RED RISING takes THE HUNGER GAMES brutality and spits on it Then jeers and makes rude gestures at it Then rips off its arms and legs and beats it with them, shouting Pax au Telemanus at the top of its lungs.Seriously, I would ve thought it impossible for me to even finish, let alone like, a book with this level of savagery BUT Brown is clever about it I didn t even realize it myself until I was 75ish% finished and looking back through the parts I d highlighted And right now it s occurring to me that Brown is even clever than I originally thought him to be, b c Darrow MC would be struggling with the same issues I was having.About 30ish% into the book, you enter the third stage, and while the overall feel is still one of horror at the inhumanity of the upper classes, Darrow s enemies start to become humanized Funny, nay, downright HILARIOUS things happen, camaraderie develops It creeps up on you until you forget why Darrow is where he is You re caught up in the NOW, survival depends on the present, and little thought is given to the past or the future.And you re experiencing this so vividly b c Darrow is too.RED RISING is about a world run by a caste system The castes are based on the eugenically modified eye color of a person But the eugenics are not limited to the color of an individual s iris, oh no, they have Obsidian elite soldiers that are twice the size of normal men, Violet artists with twelve fingers on each hand to better art with, and Pinks whose only job is to provide pleasure waggles eyebrows for the high color castes mostly Golds and Silvers Pinks who sometimes have wings among other fantastical features created by Violets.And then there are the Golds The Golds that are in charge The Golds that send their own children to an Institute, where if they survive The Passage a sort of enforced Survival of the Fittest , they play a real life version of RISK How well they play determines their futures, with the victorious team members being assured fame and fortune There are no rules once the ten month long game begins, but killing other Golds is frowned upon snorts It should be noted that there are worse things than death.Enter Darrow, a Red from the lowest level caste He is a Helldiver, one of the elite driller miners who live beneath Mars surface, who believes he labors to provide a better future for his people His job, along with the other Reds, is to mine Helium 3 which is essential in terraforming The Earth is overpopulated you see, and Darrow s ancestors were burdened with the glorious purpose of ensuring Mars is habitable for future generations As soon as terraforming is complete, the Reds will return to the surface as the rightful rulers of the planet that was built on their backs.L I E S.I could go on and on and on about this book Though it is for unfathomable reasons listed as YA, I can tell you that I will not be getting it for my youngest 14 y.o sister any time in the near future I can also tell you that if you read this book, you will run the full gamut of emotions I did anyway.Bottomline RED RISING is one of the absolute must reads of 2014.My other reviews for this series Golden Son Red Rising, 2 Morning Star Red Rising Trilogy, 3 I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review and honestly I BLOODYDAMN LOVED IT You think you ve read a dystopian book Quit lying to yourself That was teenage angst wrapped in a shiny new package, cashing in on the popularity of this genre.You think you ve read about evil futuristic regimes Nope, those were one dimensional villains that will look cartoony compared the assholes in this book.You think you ve seen hurt and suffering and despair and heartache You ve seen nothing.You think you ve seen to the very depths of the depravity mankind is capable of YOU VE SEEN NOTHINGI won t call this book The Next Hunger Games and nor should anyone else, in my opinion But I m sure some degenerate in a PR office will think it s a great idea My advice Don t listen to that douchebag To do so would be insulting to Red Rising Don t get me wrong, I loved The Hunger Games and there are a few parallels between that series and this book Even so, this book shouldn t be compared to anything This book is what it is and it stands alone on a desolate field surrounded by the burning embers of its lessers because this book is just It s harder, darker, emotional, horrific, everything Pierce Brown, how the hell do you expect me to read something else after this Or sit around and wait for the next installment Are you writing it Is it already done Is it half done Are you in need of an amateur editor I m the girl for the job Pick me MEEEEEE FYI, my version of editing will be to drool over whatever you produce and provide zero constructive feedback while demanding you write faster and trying to hide the intensity and frequency of my eye twitches Also, there may be threats involving tofu for motivational purposes.You probably want to know what it s about, right Okay, I ll try to settle down.The story takes place on Mars, inside a futuristic colony Our main character, Darrow, is the youngest Helldiver in memory and he operates a massive and massively complicated drill like piece of machinery deep within the sulfurous bowels of the planet He s a Red, the caste of people relegated to living like moles.When we meet him, he s under the impression that he and all of his caste are digging Helium3 so that one day the surface above will be hospitable for future generations Even though he s just sixteen, he s married and madly in love with his equally young bride, Eo Hearing about her through his perspective, you understand why She s vibrant and beautiful and charming and witty and fierce, the sunshine that lights up their subterranean world Because the book blurb mentions this, I don t feel like I m spoiling anything by saying that when she dies, a little piece of you may die too, drained away with the tears that will spill from your eyes What will bubble up to fill the gap it leaves behind is a primeval part of yourself, made of vengeance and anger This monstrous little piece of you is further fueled by the lies the authorities tell the Reds, by the inequality and the forced brutality you re made to bear witness to By the time you reach the middle of the book you may find that savage part of you has taken over and that you ve hate morphed into a ten foot tall, scale covered ragebeast armed with razor teeth and three inch claws made for rending the flesh of the Golds, the highest caste and the perpetrators of all these crimes Don t be alarmed, it happened to me too From the mines you watch Darrow rise, discover the truth of life on Mars, take his first shell shocked steps on a city street and transform into something nearly as monstrous as your ragebeast And you re with him all the way, rooting him on, cheering his brilliance and his blood thirst I absolutely loved his character, loved how his mind worked And you know what else I loved about him He s not perfect He s not some born leader He does horrific things, makes bad choices and hard decisions But he learns from his mistakes, becomes better, stronger, smarter Surrounding him is a support cast of miscreants, sycophants, psychopaths, feral children, government men who think themselves gods and the rebel leaders who wait to rise up against them None of them are one dimensional All of them pulled some sort of emotion from me, whether it was love or hate or amusement or pity Pair these characters with the sweeping backdrop of a war whose participants have forgotten it is a game and you have one brutal and gorydamn epic novel This book is a stark foray into survival and society, into the heart of human darkness and the height of its heroism One part dystopian, one part sci fi and one part epic war fantasy, it transcends a conventional genre and enters the realms of AMAZEBALLS READ IT Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Minor spoilers follow Red Rising introduces us to Darrow, a sixteen year old miner who toils deep in the mines of Mars a few hundred years in the future In Darrow s world, humanity has spread across the solar system, and has been organized into a strict caste system of colors, with Gold at the top and Red at the bottom Darrow is a Red, but he is making the most of his hard life in the mines He is good at his work He has a beautiful wife Eo they get married young and die young down in the mines and though the Reds live in abject poverty, they are a proud tough clan They appreciate songs and drink and family They also hold on to the idea that they are sacrificing for the good of humanity at large They have been told that they are pioneers on Mars, making the planet habitable through their hard lives mining helium 3, and some day the surface of the planet will be able to support life thanks to their efforts Some day, the other colors will join them on Mars.Then Darrow s life is shattered when he and his wife are arrested for trespassing in a garden that is restricted to the Bronze administrators Soon Darrow finds himself alone, bereft and marked for execution He is plucked from the jaws of death by a resistance group known as the Sons of Ares, who show him the Big Lie of his existence the surface of Mars is actually already inhabited The other colors have formed great cities, and are allowing the Reds to keep toiling as slaves while the Golds and their minion classes live lives of relative ease The Sons of Ares have a plan for Darrow because of his dexterity, constitution and quick mind, he is just the right double agent they need Using advanced genetic manipulation, they will make Darrow a Gold and send him to infiltrate the Institute, the training academy which produces all the top leaders of the Society that controls the solar system Darrow s job is to rise as high as he can within the Gold ranks so he can assist the Sons of Ares in their eventual revolution The only problem Darrow first has to survive the Institute.I found Red Rising absolutely compelling I tore through the book and am anxious to read the next two books in the trilogy You will recognize many ingredients from other YA fantasy series The tone, especially at first, reminded me of Patrick Ness The Knife of Never Letting Go The big discovery of society s true nature was reminiscent of the Matrix The caste system is like Divergent The Institute sorts its students into houses like Harry Potter The cutthroat competitions among the Golds is very like The Hunger Games And the nature of the training is described as a year long deadly game of capture the flag, in which the houses all named after Roman gods fight one another while the proctors float about them and watch from a levitating mountain called Olympus That, too, seemed oddly familiar And yet Red Rising is than the sum of its parts Pierce Brown manages to craft all these elements into something new, something believable and exciting I couldn t help getting swept away in Darrow s story as we follow him from the lowly life of a miner to the very heights of Olympus literally , wondering along the way if his secret identity will be discovered, or if he will go Gold and forget his rebel benefactors and his mission The book is satisfying in itself, but it leaves a lot of tantalizing questions for the second volume, which I have already started reading If you like YA adventures, like the ones mentioned above, this is definitely a book you should check out