Red Rising

Red Rising

eBook - 2013
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A tale set in a bleak future society torn by class divisions follows the experiences of secret revolutionary Darrow, who after witnessing his wife's execution by an oppressive government joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infiltrate an elite military academy.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345539793
0345539796
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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TacomaLibrary Jun 01, 2017

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 o... Read More »


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susan_findlay
Aug 07, 2017

Reminiscent of Hunger Games, but more in terms of feel than substance.

Darrow is a teenager in age only. He has a wife and a full-time job. He works deep in the mines of Mars - where he has spent his whole life believing that the miners are doing important work that will allow the surface to one day be terraformed and livable. (The explanation that they are mining helium-3 which is somehow necessary for terraforming is obviously a product of the author's imagination and was never run past an actual scientist. My PhD in chemistry called BS on that particular plot point every time it was mentioned, so I did my best to ignore it.)

Turns out that was a lie. While the miners' work is important to society, the terraforming happened several hundred years prior, and the miners are being lied to in order to keep them working in horrendous conditions. Humanity has developed a caste system, and the "reds" (as the miners are called) are the bottom caste with no idea of how severely they are being taken advantage of.

Darrow escapes the mines of Mars and infiltrates the training academy for young "golds" (the highest caste), competing to win the year's competition. The students are pitted against each other, but not in an "everyone except one will die" scenario - though there is certainly violence and death. He needs to do as well as possible in order to acquire a high-prestige position that will allow some sort of rebellion to break the caste system and free the "reds" (and, presumably, the other low-level colours).

The most interesting part of the book is the evolution of Darrow's character as he learns that people and society are a lot more complicated than his initial black-and-white "how dare they oppress my people" and begins to understand why the society works the way it does - even if he doesn't necessarily like it. Similarly, he grows fond of some of the "golds" and learns that they're not all as evil as he originally thought (though some certainly are).

I really enjoyed how this book travels from black-and-white to shades-of-grey, and I look forward to seeing where the author goes with the remaining books in the series.

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Mrsdoody
Jul 25, 2017

Excellent science fiction series. An adult Hunger Games, but with better writing.

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MelissaYAReader
Jun 16, 2017

This is a first book in a series, but it is a great first book. This will definitely appeal to both science fiction and dystopian fans. This book reminded me of Hunger Games in many ways, but with more meat. Darrow's character is well drawn and interesting and you can't help but root for him despite the horrors going on around him. The pacing speeds up and slows down at times, but overall it is a book that will hold a reader's interest.

LPL_LaurenT Apr 21, 2017

In the highly stratified caste system on Mars, Reds are worked as slaves while Golds profit from their servitude.Darrow is recruited by the Sons of Ares when his life as a Red is ended and is remade into a Gold. He infiltrates the top echelon of their society and joins his “peers” at the Institute where he must succeed in order to bring down the system from the inside.
Red Rising is an un-put-downable book. You’ll race through it at breakneck speed, hoping against hope that Darrow can pull off the greatest coup in Mars’ history.

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isaachar
Apr 10, 2017

A fast paced, dystopian space opera wrapped around a solid revenge story. It's 'The Hunger Games' meets 'The Count of Monte Cristo', with a bit of Herbert's 'Dune' thrown in. The pace and short page count of the book makes it easy to zip through. The main character suffers incredible hardships and sacrifices everything, even his own identity and morality, for revenge. I'm glad I read this after it's two sequels have already been released, it would have been a painful wait for the next part of the story.

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kwsmith
Mar 24, 2017

Given all the hype around this young author's debut science fiction novel, I was supremely skeptical. It's true that the writing quality is not marvelous. On the hand, story itself is fast-paced, engaging, and incredibly entertaining. Without spoiling anything, I will tell you that this book might have been called *Ender's Game of Hunger Thrones!* The author is obviously well versed in classical studies, as much of the symbolism scattered throughout the book is authentic to ancient Rome.

Rbrightone Mar 01, 2017

The first in a trilogy this book seemed like it was going to be like many of the dystopian future books but it is so well written you dont really notice if they are similar to those that have come before it or not. The characters are interesting the world is very well done and it progresses well. The second book is just as strong and while the conclusion is a bit slower paced I really enjoyed the whole series.

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Ruby11
Feb 23, 2017

I didn't really know what I was getting into when first starting this book, but wow it was sooo good! Very unique and interesting ideas, I loved all the characters and thought the plot was very well thought out. Very action packed and full of twists and entertaining plot points. I would highly recommend to anyone into science-fiction or fantasy books. Great read overall.

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stewthompson84
Jan 06, 2017

A very simple, and quick read. A really fun and fast-paced story.

Library_Jill Jan 03, 2017

This futuristic science-fiction story set on Mars is a great read for those who enjoy dystopias and war games, and who aren't put off by violence and tragedy. The story is heavy, but vivid and well-written. While comparisons to The Hunger Games--and Gurren Lagan, Fullmetal Alchemist, and perhaps even (bizarrely) The Secret World of Arietty--are warranted, this story definitely stands on its own and makes a fresh mix of any familiar elements it incorporates.

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Meepster6299
Jun 12, 2015

This was an amazing story about a young man Darrow. He lives in a futuristic world where the human race has learned to live on other planets. To organize society, the people formed a hierarchy, with Reds at the bottom and Golds at the top. His wife ends up getting hung for singing a forbidden song. A rebellion begins and Darrow infiltrates the Gold's academy. He earns the top rank in his year there and gets close with the Arch Governor of Mars.
It was captivating and I think you should read this story :)

LibraryK8 Jun 24, 2014

Darrow has the most dangerous job on Mars. He is the helldiver of Lycos, running the drill deep underground that mines Mars for valuable natural resources. Helldivers to not generally live long lives, like his father who died when he was a child. But Darrow has other plans, he is going to make something of himself, and his clan. But he can only rise so far, the caste system of society keeps his people down. They are Reds, deemed to be good at nothing but hard labor. They are ruled over by the Blues, Greys, and at the top...the Golds, the apex of human evolution.

To celebrate a particularly bountiful month in the mines, Darrow and his wife sneak off to see a big of the martian sky (a view not allowed to lowly Reds). Returning home they are caught and imprisoned for their crime. When their punishment, a whipping turns public, Eo sacrifices her life to speak out against the Golds and the caste system. She and Darrow are sentenced to die by hanging...Darrow's life is saved by the resistance movement, Eo's life is not.

The resistance tells Darrow they need him to overthrow the Golds, to prove that anyone has what it takes to be a Gold and that the colors mean nothing. Now that the Golds think he is dead, the plan is to teach Darrow to be one of them, to infiltrate their ranks, to push him into the highest ranks the government and military. Then to reveal his true origins and bring the system crashing down.

But first Darrow must survive the most grueling surgeries to remove his Red scars, a grueling initiation and finally the cruel war-games that constitute an entrance exam to the Gold academy. Can Darrow leave his old ways behind, sacrifice everything to avenge Eo?

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LauraSteinert
Dec 02, 2016

Power must be claimed. Wealth won. Rule, dominion, empire purchased with blood. You scar-less children deserve nothing. You do not know pain. Your do not know what your forefathers sacrificed to place you on these heights. But soon, you will. Soon, we will teach you why Gold rules mankind. And I promise, of those among you, only those few fir for power will survive.

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Meepster6299
Jun 12, 2015

"I am my father's son"
-Darrow

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