Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
Date Read: January 2015
Genre: Dystopian, YA
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.
Publisher: Del Rey, Recorded Books
Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1
JUST A NOTE: These are books that I have Snagged @ The Library . Some of the reviews will be long and others will just be quick thoughts on the story.
Read/Listened for Fun (Library Book)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 2.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Red Rising by Pierce Brown was such a surprise to me. I LOVED IT!
Overall Thoughts: I am going to admit that when I read the synopsis I wasn’t sold. If it wasn’t for Jessica from Rabid Reads and Lupdilup from Hot Listens I wouldn’t have looked twice. It sounded like another typical YA Dystopian (which usually let me down on the final book) BUT this didn’t read YA at all. Yes the characters are young in age but that is where it stops. What they do, how they do it, how they think, and how they live are all very adult. The violence is VERY adult rated. There is marriage, death, love, sex, jobs, and life happening to these young in age characters. They treat all these things more like adults than teenagers. Someone asked me how would I describe this: Think of it as a very violent Tale of Two Cities (caste system breeding disdain) with a bit of The North and The South (slowly watching a country being torn apart by a break in ideals but where in the beginning it is small pockets of people growing to larger numbers). It really is about war but in Red Rising it is more pre-war when all the maneuvering, spying, and ground work is laid. I think this is going to be a crazy wild ride.
Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds / Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
Time Gerard Reynolds really did a good job but I had a hard time wrapping my head around the narration. This is a strong case where the audio didn’t work for me book 1 but I am guessing it will book 2 (the characters are older and I am more familiar with them). We will see because I plan on giving it a shot.
Final Thoughts: Read this book! You will be surprised I think!
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