Read: Red RisingRed Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown
Published by Del Rey (Random House) on January 28th 2014
Pages: 382
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My Rating: four-stars

"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 wanted to take a break from YA, but then two people recommended this book to me. I’m glad they did.

This book is about Mars. Like another book about Mars (The Martian) it starts off slow. Like that book my wife encouraged me to ‘just keep reading.’  Both times she was right.

I enjoyed the book’s character evolution (literally and figuratively), but often found myself muttering under my breath after an event happens. [something happens], and I say “oh just like Hunger Games”. [something else happens], “oh just like Gattaca.”

Looking beyond the borrowed plot devices and the “freshman novel” writing of certain descriptions the book is a quick read and a fun action-packed story.

I listened to the audio book and synced my location with the Kindle app – a piece of magic that I’m glad exists in today’s world.

The book is narrated by someone with a Scottish accent and that adds to the feel of the story immensely. I now will say to my wife in a deep accent “I’m a hell diver of Lykos.” 🙂

Personally, I do not want to make you a man. Men are so very frail. Men break. Men die. No, I’ve always wished to make a god.

~ Darrow