“I live for the dream that my children will be born free. That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.’
‘I live for you,’ I say sadly.
She kisses my cheek. ‘Then you must live for more.”
Before I´ve read this book I heard phrases like “It´s the next Hunger Games” or similar comparisons and because this trilogy is so much more than that, I would like to present:
Why you should start reading the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown.
Book 1, Red Rising:
Storytime! The earth is dying. Darrow is a Red who works deep beneath the surface of Mars, building up a habitable enviroment for the people still on earth. It´s hard work, but it´s a good cause.
At least that´s what the Reds are supposed to believe.
Darrow finds out that the so called highColours -Golds first of all- have already spread to many other planets, enjoying a perfectly good life. He then joins a group of rebels fighting the oppression. That´s when the real fun begins.
When I started reading I thought the story is about rebellion. I thought Darrow would rise and with him all the lowColours. I thought he would be standing up as a Red, fighting the unjust society. I thought this would go the same way many dystopic science fiction stories would. I thought it would be that simple.
Oh, I was so wrong.
The storyline is fantastic. It went a completly different way from what I expected it to go and it was great. Everything happens so much more slowly but for that it´s so greatly detailed. Don´t get me wrong -there´s going to be a rebellion. In a way. With detours. And necessary indirections.
The world-building is skillfully done. First you get introduced to Darrow and his world which is so lovely. After that the Reader experiences the outside-and-very-hightech-world Darrow enters which was confusing at first and super amazing later. (I won´t go into detail here, spoilery stuff.) Admittedly it was the second part of the book that really got me hooked. Though it´s sort of story where you guess who´s going to win in the end, but it´s all about the telling. It´s a mixture of science fiction and dystopia, of fights and combats as well as plotting of ingenious plans.
Hands down to Pierce Brown who had done it so perfectly. In the beginning you start to the see the Golds as cold and unlovable but as the story goes on, they become more “human”. They become more solid and tangible. It creeps up on you and suddenly there are moments where you start to cherish and even love them. You start to forget why Darrow is where he is. What the reason is why everything happens the way it happens. It´s crazily done. (It occured to me only later but that´s problably the same way Darrow experiences it. Clever, Brown. Clever.)
I have the need to mention that there is a lot of graphic violence in the book, so be prepared if you´re faint-hearted. There´s going to be blood and cruelty. A lot. I´m serious.
Plus: There are some great characters. Darrows -lets say- “crew” consist of many different and lovable-weird-in-their-own-way people. One walks around in a skin of a wolf he killed and you will love him. I promise.
I´ll stop worshipping this now. Go and read it yourself. I don´t want to blab anything.
What a bloodydamn good book.
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Laura | 17.10.2016
“Funny thing, watching gods realize they’ve been mortal all along.”