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“For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.”

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This book by Pierce Brown was my travel companion for the last month. It saved me on endless train journeys and in boring waiting rooms. Thanks to Mona who gave me her copy of the book!

Spoilers ahead! 

Storytime! The story picks up two years after the happenings in Red Rising. Darrow serves in Augustus´ house and the other characters are also members of the active society. The loyalties forged in the academy are put to test. (I´m sorry, writing abstracts is not my best quality. But you have read the book. So you know what happened.)

The world Darrow enters after the academy is full of danger, political intrique, betrayal and enormous battles. The unpredictability of the story is simply awesome. And the ending! The bloodydamn ending!

I loved how the complex structure of the Golds society slowly starts to unfold as Darrows secret fight continues. You have to pay attention to all the different families and arrangement in the rangs of the Golds. It is wonderfully though through however it is not a light read if you want to understand the true motivations of the different parties. Well, at least for me it wasn´t.

Darrow shows his best performance so far. Everyone wants to use him for their purposes -but he just stays ahead of all them. He´s nearly too perfect, but I guess we have to live with that. Hero-type.

(Seriously, why is Darrow so good at planning attacks, thinking outside the box and trapping others? I mean, it’s fantastic and you never really know what he is planning until it happens , but oh dear, HE´S A GENIUS. DAMN. WHERE DOES IS COME FROM. WHERE DO I SIGN UP. I WANT TO HAVE HIS MIND AND BRAIN.)

Whilst the first book was more like paving the way for a rebellion, this one starts it. I have to be honest. When starting the trilogy I thought he would be “coming out” sooner. It´s not until the end that the world starts to know the truth about him -unintentionally. I never would have guessed that he starts the rebellion as a Gold. I love it. I simply love it. Darrows plan of destroying the Golds from within is fantastic. And it works. (Until it doesn´t.)

Which brings me to the betrayal. Oh, I was so surprised. I mean yeah, I assumed that things wouldn´t go as simple as planned. But Rogue? No. Oh my. The good, loyal Rogue.

Admittedly, it was bit obvious and the whole time I thought that something would happen. There where quite a few hints about Rogue in the book but boyo, I have not thought of a betrayal on that scale.

“In a world of killers, it takes more to be kind than to be wicked.”

It saddens me. I love this quote so much and was hoping for it to be… true, I guess. Rogue was so  kind-hearted. Gory damn.

This also brings me to Darrow. Oh Darrow. There where so many moment where he could have said something to Rogue. (Or Mustang. Or his other friends for that matter.) Sometimes I wanted to shake him and yell “FIX IT, DARROW!”.But well, in short: He didn´t. And that was a mistake.

And now! My favorite part! Darrow and Co attacking Mars: The Iron Rain. That was so so so good. The attack is described perfectly: short sentences, chaotic, you can literally feel Darrow panicking. Everthing happens so fast and he´s not taking all of his surroundings in and it´s so easy to empathize with him. The whole chapter is so well-written and was the icing on the cake. Seriously. It´s epicI had goose bumps all over my body.

Everything happens for a reason and there are so many thought-out and ingenious ideas and plans. This results in entertaining I-cant-put-this-book-down-what-is-he-hoping-to-archieve-with-THAT moments. Plus: Space. I love space. I love cool space tools. I was so satisfied. Space, space, space!

The only bad thing about this book is that it’s only 442 pages. Also, screw it for hurting my feelings.

I might be using bloody damn even more often now. It´s a great word, my goodman.

📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 ◊ ◊ (8/10)

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Laura 31|10|2016

 

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