Series: Red Rising
Published by Del Rey (Random House) on January 28th 2014
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Also in this series: Golden Son
Also by this author: Golden Son
"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 sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."
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 generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But 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 more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired 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’m not sure why I waited so long to pick up this book, well audiobook. I really enjoyed it. It’s different from a lot of the science fiction I’ve read.
Darrow is a character fueled by grief and revenge. He’ll do whatever it takes to bring down those that had a hand in the death of Eo. He’s smart, and even though he isn’t familiar with how things above the ground work, he picks it up quick.
The trials that he has to go through to completely get into the Institute are insane. There’s no way I would have been able to do it. You have to be ruthless to make it through.
The narration was a little hard to understand sometimes but it wasn’t so bad that I didn’t enjoy it.
I’ll be starting the next book soon. I’m anxious to see what new challenges Darrow will have to face.
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