Red Rising Trilogy Book One
Written by Pierce Brown
Reviewed by the Hubby
Reviewed by the Hubby
Science Fiction, Dystopian
Published January 28th 2014
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.
Anyone that follows Diva Booknerd, will know that occasionally I convince my husband to put down the game controller and read. Although Red Rising wasn't for me, I knew it was a series that he'd enjoy, so of course I had to convince him to guest review again.
This dystopian take on science fiction is a journey into the unknown, a fantastic blend of two worlds crashing into one another with utter devastation left in its wake. The story starts out with meager beginnings in Lycos a mining colony underneath the inhospitable surface of Mars. Darrow is what is known as a Hell Diver, a drill operator where he and his fellow miners are mining Helium 3, the life source of the civilization. Helium 3 is the life blood of terraforming technology and it is needed to transform the surface of Mars.
A tyrannical government is in power all people are divided by colour, Reds are the workers that toil away under the surface to transform their world they are the lowest of the low, pinks born into a life of slavery to the pleasures of the upper echelons of the society. The top of the pile are the Gold population and as their name suggests, who sport the arrogance of royals, and use brutality as their weapons against all other. They are monstrously over sized with the aid of genetic engineering and ugenics. The golds demeanor is quite evident that they are gods among men, and with their technology this is at least partly true.
After a tragic incident involving Darrow and his wife Eo, his world collapses around and nothing will ever be the same. Contacted by the terrorist group The Son's of Ares, Darrow undertakes a mission to change the face of the society for ever.
The reader will be fully immersed within the story. There are plot twists galore, but they are all done extraordinarily well. The immersion just keeps drawing you deeper and deeper into the story and before you know it, it's over, and will be left wanting more. The writing style is first person and very well done. The author has mastered the art of capturing the emotions of the characters and portraying them to the reader as if it were you in Darrow's shoes.
I liked the blend of science fiction and dystopian, all neatly set around a plausible near future technology and I applaud the author for doing his research into the field of future fuel sources and its uses. Some of the technology is still a bit far afield, however it still falls well within the realistic realm.
What I didn't like at the beginning, the story seemed to lack explanation. I found out later in the story that was required at the time for the flow of the story to make sense all the way through.
I would recommend reading this book to anybody who enjoys dystopian, but be warned this is not the Hunger Games or Divergent style of dystopian, this is a unique take from a science fiction fantasy take on a totally corrupt power system. But if you enjoyed that style of writing this is definitely your cup of tea. And let's face it, who doesn't enjoy seeing a government system collapse that was based on brutality and slavery.
My only complaint is that the ending seemed too rushed.