Red Rising by Pierce Brown
"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."Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
"This is your heart. Then guard it with metal."
"I am the spark that will set the worlds afire. I am the hammer that cracks the chains"
With a unique theme and an almost fantasy like feel to the book, Red Rising has clawed its way to my favorites list. It was a bloodydamn fantastic read. Set in the futuristic colony of Mars, Red Rising is a dystopian novel like no other that I've read before.
It is a little hard to get into at first, the language and the way the book world functions is a bit much to absorb in the first go. But be patient lovelies, and I promise you this is a read you won't forget.
There are different colors in the society. The different colors are assigned to different jobs, different responsibilities. Red Rising is quite similar, yet quite different from The Hunger Games.
This book was a roller coaster from the get go, fast paced and full of twists. By the time this book ended I was at the edge of my seat. I just HAD to talk to someone about it.
But no one had read the book. So I sat my mom down and told her the whole story, generally complained about the stupid decisions of the characters (*cough* Darrow *cough*), the amazing plot, and pretty much fangirled.
I'd recommend that all fans of dystopian novels, and anyone that loves reading about good strategies in a game read this one! Its an amazing one. Can't wait to read the next book!!