“I was forged in the bowels of this hard world”
Darrow is a Red born in the caves of Mars. He knows nothing of the world above nor does he wish to, until, the fateful event that left his beloved wife Eo executed and strung up as an example. Fueled by centuries of deception and lies, Darrow comes to reap the souls of the gods of olympus. This is a world were deception is everyday life, sacrifice a myth and power means everything. Will Darrow survive in such a world so different to that of his own?
Pierce Brown authored quite an enjoyable read; the characters were well-developed and the plot had several twists and turns which were very unexpected. Two of my favourite characters within the story are Darrow and Sevro, with the latter being treated as the Neville Longbottom of the book (an underdog in physique but a kick ass in the brains department). Darrow, on the other hand can be described a an ‘ordinary common man’ who seeks to destroy a society simply by learning from the mistakes of the past. This power allows him to rise through the ranks unnoticed yet, watched by all.
One thing that this book lacked was a GREAT villain. Though there was a incredible build up for this quote “supposed villain” it led to a somewhat poor introduction of the character (as well as, it just being too obvious). Nevertheless, I am looking forward to reading the sequel of Red Rising (“Golden Son”) and I know that Pierce (yes, I am on a first name basis with the author) will heed my words of wisdom and introduce a better villain than the Jackal (he might need a time machine!).
Rating: 3.9 out of 5
Similar Books: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card