I had heard a lot of buzz about Red Rising online and in Entertainment Weekly, but when it came to the library for me I hesitated to read another dystopian novel. I waited until it was almost due and then devoured it in one day.
Darrow is a 16 year miner who lives under the surface of Mars. He and his family live in clans, digging night and day for an element to help make Mars habitable for humans. They are the lowest group, the Reds, in a class system that is ruled by the “Golds”. The Golds rule with brutality and secrecy and when Darrow rebels against them after a tragic sequence of events, he pays the ultimate price and the story really begins.
My Favorite Character
I really like Darrow because he goes through so many changes throughout the story, but there are many great characters in this book; a girl named Mustang, a brilliant Gold who saves his life, Eo, his young wife, and Sevro, a most unlikely friend and ally.
Words to Live By
“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.”
Anyone who liked The Hunger Games, the Divergent series or Ender’s Game would enjoy this book.
I am really excited about this book. It is the first in a trilogy and I am anxious to get back to Mars and find out what happens. This book will appeal to adults and teens a like. It is science fiction, but also a love story and a story of friendship, revenge, and justice. It is so much more than all the other dystopian books out there these days!
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