Title: Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1)
Author: Pierce Brown
Publisher: Del Rey
Format: Hardback, 382 pages
If I had to choose one word to describe Red Rising, it would be a tie between underwhelming and disappointing. There is so much praise for this book. There are so many five star reviews that say nothing but positive things and that share their love for this book. Perhaps this led me to have slightly higher than realistic expectations. This is by no means a bad book, but it’s also not a spectacular book, and I guess overall, I just was waiting to be blown away. Red Rising is in my opinion, not a book that deserves all its praise.
Let me tell you something. I am not the kind of reader who does not finish books. I always finish the book. My general opinion when reading books that are struggling to hold my attention is to consider all the pages I haven’t read yet, and the potential for improvement amongst those pages. How do I know, that by stopping a part of the way into the book, I’m not going to miss out on the best part of the book? Red Rising almost changed my view on this. There were many times that I went to put the book down, for no other reason than simply being bored. But I managed to keep reading, and although the book got infinitely better in the second half of the book, it still took way too long to get to this point for me to jump on the Red Rising band wagon.
In case you don’t know what this book is about, here is the plot (copied and pasted from Goodreads because every time I tried to summarise the plot in my own words, it ended up super long and rambled on.
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.