"Red Rising" by Pierce Brown

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Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Start Date: 1/10/17
End Date: 1/26/17
# of Pages: 382
Edition: Del Rey hardcover (2014)
ISBN: 9780345539786
Purchase: Amazon

Quick Take: bleak

Source: Jordan Hayes

Why I Chose It: My friend Jordan tends to stay up on fiction / sci-fi / fantasy books far more than I do, and every once in a while he will tell me he discovered / read something he particularly enjoyed. He told me Red Rising was the first of a new trilogy very similar to The Hunger Games, but set on Mars in the future, and tackling social injustice in the form of societal castes.

Quote: "Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it."

Other Notes: The story is certainly intriguing. If you want to stay 100% spoiler free, stop reading here, but I'll stick to what is spoiled by the synopsis on the inside cover flap. The "Reds" are the lowest members of society - the miners who were sent ahead to Mars to colonize ("terraform") the planet for the rest of humanity which would follow. So they have a noble task...except for by the time we enter the story, Mars has been colonized for hundreds of years, and the Reds remain ignorant, and remain slaves to the higher castes. This sets up an inevitable infiltration of the "Golds", the ruling class by a Katniss-like main protagonist. The concept is promising, but it gets muddy with the violence and bleakness which unfolds, all the more so since the main characters are teenagers. I'll probably read the other books, but just like with The Hunger Games, it is important not to become desensitized to the darker aspects.

 
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