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 already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks 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.
Man that’s a long synopsis but you know the best thing about it? It doesn’t even begin to describe how truly epic this book was. There is so much hype around this series so to say I was cautious is an understatement. The hype was so big for me I actually under hyped it for myself assuming that because so many people loved it so much it just wouldn’t stand up for me. I was so wrong, Red Rising slammed its way into my favourites and these characters buried their way into my heart.
Darrow, Sevro, the howlers, PAX Why are all these boys after my heart.
I was gripped from page one, from the descriptions of the mines, Darrow’s family, being a hell driver, the vengeance, the mistreatment, the all out rage. The emotions were so well done, I felt like I was right there in the story living it with the characters.
Darrow is a red the lowest class in the galaxy in a world ruled by colour, when he finds out his people have been lied to for hundreds of years something pushes him over the edge and he’s the perfect candidate to destroy the Golds, the upper class that has enslaved his people, made prostitutes out of pinks, forced grays to be their front line and force, greens to be their minds. Golds are hard, cold, and ruthless, controlling the galaxy and destroying all that undermine them.
Darrow fights with rage and love in his heart and will do what it takes to pass the Golds tests and borrow his way into their upper ranks.
I can’t really say anything else except read it, Darrow is an amazing character, Sevro hilariously scrappy and full of so many great lines, Pax a giant sweetie that will crush your head with his fists. The world building is epic and the language had me wanting to curse people, whispering bloodydamn everytime something big happened in the story.
“Manage your temper” he reminds me, his small voice darkening. “Manners, manners, then burn their bloodydamn house to the ground.”
The setting is epic, the fight scenes SO WELL DONE. I’m probably just telling all you what you already know because I’m probably the last person in the world to pick this book up. I’m so happy I finally read it, I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2&3 and binge them both.
5/5 Stars – Easily one of my favourite sci fi stories I’ve read