Series: Red Rising Trilogy, #1
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
It’s never a good sign when I take a week to finish a book. Because in most cases, that means I’m making no progress with the book because it’s boring my eyeballs out. This was exactly the case here.
There’s been a lot of hype surrounding this book, as well as a lot of positive reviews from some of my trusted bloggy friends. But, don’t forget the huge amount of disappointed reviews that also followed. I’m one of those disappointed people. I was expecting big things from Red Rising but I didn’t get what I was looking for. Many people warned me that this book was a slow ride, and I understood that. Here’s a warning: when people say Red Rising is slow, they mean, REAAAAL SLOW. I was curious at the start, so Pierce Brown gets point for that but after a few chapters, I was bored again. The plot doesn’t go anywhere, for a long time. I DNFed this book at 35%, and at that point, nothing was really moving. Well, maybe at the speed of a sloth, though even that would be stretching it.
Furthermore, I was constantly annoyed at how Darrow was constantly treated as some Golden Boy. And by that I mean he was a Gary Stu. He’s the special one, he’s unique yadidadida.
“Darrow. Come here. Come.” He grabs my shoulder and pulls me in. “Others may have failed. But you’ll be different, Darrow. I feel it in my bones.”
Also, Darrow didn’t narrate like a 16 year old guy. He sounded at least in his twenties, because when he mentioned his age, I was fully surprised he wasn’t older.
I will give kudos to the author for such his writing; it was truly fantastic, but it couldn’t make up for the boring plot and unbelievable characters. I think if you’re considering to read this, go for it and see for yourself whether you like it or not. It’s simply one of those reads that are awfully polarising.
~Thank you Hodder & Stoughton for sending me this copy!~
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