Red Rising – Book I of the Trilogy

posted May 12, 2016, 7:32 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated May 12, 2016, 7:33 AM ]
This last weekend I finished reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I enjoyed it. The reviews said it is a mix of The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, both of which I have read. I would also include a smidgen of Lord of the Flies. Children, no matter how spoiled they are, must still be children.

Mr. Brown has done an excellent job of creating a believable world where the caste system determines who rules and who will serve. Darrow, in order to carry out his mission, must first survive, and then evolve into what he hates most about those who rule the system.

Soon it becomes a battle of the fittest. That doesn’t necessarily mean the strongest physically. It means those that can best adapt to each new conflict and challenge by lying, cheating, stealing, betraying, and possibly even killing. Trying to hang onto what he believes and not wanting to disappoint the person he loves, Darrow finds himself sucked deeper and deeper into this ugly world of the Gold caste.

Here is a summary of the book taken from Amazon.

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 reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds 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.

I start Golden Son, Book II, this weekend.