Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Release: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Del Rey
The Earth is dying.
Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it.
The Reds are humanity’s last hope.
Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie.
That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds.
A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought. Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.
But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.
Break the chains.
Live for more.
in 2016, I went to Emerald City Comic Con. I saw that Pierce Brown was going to be there and thought that’s cool! because I’ve heard good things about his book. Key words: Heard things. I hadn’t read it yet. Still, I packed it into my backpack and went to a signing because I’d never met an author before. I was just nervous because, again, I hadn’t read it yet. And, stupidly, I told him that. Because he asked. I told Pierce Brown I hadn’t read his book yet. I felt horrible. But I waited until this year to read it.
In Red Rising, we meet Darrow, a sixteen year old Red who lives underground on Mars. He’s a digger, married to Eo. When Eo is killed by the Golds, he sacrifices himself to help make a change. He inserts himself into the Golds hoping to make it high enough to avenge the death of his wife and every other Red. Because he isn’t trying to make Mars inhabitable, they are kept beneath because they are not worthy. So he goes off to school to earn enough status to infiltrate Gold society, creating a new identity. At this school, after they are sorted into twelve different houses. The goal is to win by conquering every house, something his house believes to be easy but they learn is not.
Red Rising was a bit difficult for me to sink my teeth into. I’m not usually a science fiction fan but after starting, I needed to know how it ended. Red Rising is a story that sucks you in either slowly or swiftly.
I really enjoyed the idea – people living on Mars, trying to create a new world only to discover that it’s already essentially created and now it’s time for some rebellion, let’s overthrow some government, shall we. If I had to easily describe it, I would say Hunger Games meets Divergent on Mars.
It really grabbed me with Darrow’s heartbreak after his wife’s Death. His absolute devotion to Eo all the way to his own end.
I honestly thought there would be more hands-on rebellion, I was looking forward to it, but it sort of fizzled out as soon as it was mentioned. It seems like a strong, slow build to an important end.
All in all, I’m excited for Golden Son.