Book Review | Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

“Darrow is a helldiver. Born to toil beneath the surface of Mars so that one day future generations might live above it.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Humanity reached the surface generations ago, and his people are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Now Darrow will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if he has to become one of them to do so.”

Holy crap this book was good.

Sci-fi is not a genre that I normally gravitate towards, but after reading Red Rising I will definitely broaden out from my fantasy comfort zone. After hearing so many raving reviews, I thought that this wouldn’t live up to the hype, but it’s definitely loved for a reason.

I couldn’t put this book down. It surprised me how quickly and how much I became glued to this story. Action-packed from the get-go, there was no dull moment. The first few chapters are where most of the world-building takes place. There is quite a lot of info-dumping which makes it a bit slower to get through but is interesting nonetheless.

The characters were incredible. Our main character, Darrow has some of the best character development I have ever seen. He’s full of rage and that often clouds his judgment, which is such a refreshing perspective in a genre of dull heroes and heroines who are always know what to do and never seem to fret. Pierce Brown has created an amazingly human and empathetic protagonist. We are on a complete emotional rollercoaster with this one. Aside from our hero, we meet some other amazing well-developed characters (I totally fell for Mustang). Every character seemed to play an essential part, and I did enjoy seeing which characters would remain loyal, where others would betray their friends.

Pierce’s writing style was beautiful and descriptive. There is something very raw about the writing in Red Rising and it really intrigues me to see it continue in the series.

Overall, Red Rising a brilliant read, it was smart, ruthless and took dystopian to a whole new level in my opinion. I liked the raw and brutal nature of the story, and the added elements of politics in this society. I cannot wait to pick up the next books in the series! The easiest 5/5 stars I’ve given in a long time.

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