Red Rising is a dystopian science fiction novel of oppression and revolution…sort of. Darrow is slave. A Red. A downtrodden caste living beneath the surface of Mars. When his life is upended by the cruelty of the Golds, his society’s lofty rulers, Darrow embarks on a quest to transform his society. For me, this story was all about the contrast between setup and pay off. The whole thing is very well written, and definitely a page turner, but the story I was promised and the story I got, didn’t quite jive.
I have had Red Rising by Pierce Brown on my TBR pile for years, but it took my wife reading it for her book club for me to finally break down and read it. I had always wanted to read it – I’ve heard rave reviews – but other books have always taken precedence. So when Brandy joined the ranks of people singing Darrow’s praises, I knew I had to jump in before my impressions became too tainted, and oh boy, gentle reader, am I glad I did. Sitting now on the far side of Morning Star, I can tell you that Red Rising is the first book in one of my all-time favorite trilogies.