Saturday, February 27, 2016

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I gave this book a 3.5/5 and only because it was hard for me to initially get into the story.  It was very difficult to picture where they are...and even though they are on Mars.  You forget they are on Mars.  It's not a big deal to the story.  It's supposed to be science fiction, but I would just label it a dystopia society novel.  However, it is NOT for Young Adults.  I wouldn't let my middle school students read it.  Maybe high school.  It makes The Hunger Games look like a puppy bowl.  There is rape, killing and language throughout.  It's an adult dystopia society novel in my opinion with teenage characters.  
The story finishes strong, if you give yourself a chance to get into it.  This trilogy has very high ratings and this book was actually the Goodreads pick of the year for its category last year.  If you like dystopia society books, I think you will like it.  

Summary from
"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.

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