Red Rising Book Review by Pierce Brown

Red Rising Book Review

“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

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Battle of the Book Villains

Voldemort (R.I.H) vs Amarantha (R.I.H)

This is going to be my first blog series that I commit to titled: Battle of the Book Villians. It is understandable why one would appreciate  the bravery and kindness of heroes but to counteract that, and to understand the ingenuity and wickedness of villains, that must also be appreciated.

Voldemort Facts:

Born: 31st December 1926
Died: 2nd May 1998 (aged 71)

A individual who wreaked terror for several centuries both in the wizarding and muggle world, alike. Commonly referred to as You- Know- Who or He- Who- Must- Not- Be- Named his real name was considered taboo and an omen for death. Voldemort’s cunning and sly ways led him to become the Darkest Sorcerer to have ever lived for it was the fear of the unknown that he thrived on and the hushed whispers only seemed to incite the fear that was growing in every man, woman and child.

Amarantha Facts:

Born: Unknown
Died: Unknown

A individual who enjoys more so the physical pain than the mental torture that the Dark Lord found most appealing. She loves to parade the power she has over others, toying with her victims as a child would toy with their food before eating it. Though she wreaked terror for several centuries on the courts of Pyrthian, her limited time on the pages of a Court of Thorns and Roses displayed her as nothing more than a stuck-up teenager who throws terrible two’s tantrums (try repeating that 5 times!) when she doesn’t get her way.

Winner: Voldemort Avada Kedavras Amarantha from across the battle field. The battle is over before it has even begun.

Maze Runner: Death Cure Review

Maze Runner:Death Cure Review

So at last we have arrived at the end of the Maze Runner Trilogy and I can now breathe a sigh of relief – safe in the knowledge that Minho survived until the bitter end (and that’s really all that matters! Right?!). I found James Dashner’s narrative to be slightly patchy and dragged in some chapters. Overall though, the book remained fast-paced and entertaining yet, became tinged with a darkness that brought several moral and ethical issues into play.

Finally, the author has heeded my oh so brilliant wisdom (not really, but I like to think that he has) and given Teresa a purpose that she lacked in the previous two books, being more of a deadweight then actual help. Not only Teresa, but the remaining characters all seem to have a purpose in the final book as they come face to face with the harsh brutality of the world.

All in all, Death Cure is a brilliant ending to the Maze Runner Trilogy and it remains a depiction of the future which is not as far-fetched as humanity would like to believe.

So what did you think of the ending?

Rating: 3/5

Chained by Susanne Valenti

Chained Book Review
Title: Chained (Cage of Lies #1)
Author: Susanne Valenti
Release Date: October 1st 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian

Rating: 1/5

 “The world is meant to be lived in, not controlled.”
 
There was a time we co-existed with Mother Earth in peace, until over-population and food shortages led to the experimentation and disfigurement of the natural process. One poor choice forced humans to cower behind the Wall as a widespread contamination wreaked havoc on the rest of humanity. Years later, mankind is still afraid to step outside. However due to unforeseen circumstances one girl risks it all, one girl who finds out more than she bargained for.
When it comes to books I am brutally honest about my opinion of them and I have to say that Chained was not quite to my taste. It lacked well-developed characters and had a predictable story line. With regards to one of the main characters, it seemed that the author was slacking and placed him on the sidelines, only welcoming him back in the last 10 pages of the book (what’s the point of that?). Furthermore, throughout the book there appear to be several conversations which are forced, as if the author is trying a bit too hard.
 
The only reason that I read this book right until the end was due to the controversial issues which, knowingly or unknowingly, Valenti examined. Here is my interpretation of them:
  • Technology is killing nature.
  • Criminals are placed in a prison where they can kill each other – is this the future? Or would such a higher deterrent go against the most fundamental human right?
  • A Government tracking system: Issue of whether in the future the government will be able to track everyone, all the time for the safety of the population.
  • Issue of over-population in the world – is this eventually going to lead to selectivity and mass killings?
 The book has some really amazing issues, however it lacks the story which would have been the cake underneath the icing.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review“All I have done, every single day, every hour has been for that vow”.

On an ordinary day, Feyre steps into the forest to hunt, unaware that her kill will begin a chain of events drastically changing her life and the lives of others. Bound by a treaty between Mortals and Fae, Feyre is forced to leave her family and her vow behind, travelling with the Highlord, Tamlin into Pyrthian and the home of the Fae.

I absolutely loved this book. The author Sarah J. Mass not only created an amazing modern rendition of my favourite fairytale, the Beauty and the Beast, but her extremely well developed characters and writing style kept me gripped to this book right to the last page. One of the things that I look for in a fantasy book is for the words to lift from the pages they were written on and create the world they are trying to depict; and Mass has definitely fulfilled this through the fantastical creatures and beautiful descriptions of this new world.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a difficult book to review without giving anything away, which is why I am going to delve no further into the actual story and rather discuss the main protagonist, Feyre.

Feyre is one of the strongest female characters that I have ever encountered within the fantasy genre. She is stubborn, fierce, kind and witty, yet throughout the book you will see her frightened and watch her stumble and question her self-worth. It is this particular character that I truly applaud Mass for creating. She is a character to whom it is easy to relate and identify with, since her responsibilities as the sole bread winner for her family have caused her to forget her own well-being, her own happiness and her own freedom.

Future Hopes

  • More detail about the different courts and their abilities.
  • There have been slight hints with regards to a future love triangle and I really hope that this is not the case (love triangles are so passé).

Keep May 3rd 2016 in your planners. There’s about a billion and one questions that Mass needs to answer in the sequel. I am so excited to find out how this story turns out.