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The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.
Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda.
But Red Rising wasn't like that when I started reading. First thing I noticed that this book has a bit different writing. It was a lot of slang in it, and that slang was unknown to me so it took me some time to get used to it and to understand it fully. Once I did I couldn't but turn pages. Another thing is while we cannot place this book in epic fantasy, as it's actually partly dystopia the writing had that note. It was really nicely detailed and while this is not a book that you read in one sitting it for sure is one that lingers.
That dystopian part of this book would be that we're in the future. People have found the way to inhabit other planets of Solar system and we're placed in Mars. There people are color-divided. Darrow, our main character here, is a teen boy from our point of view but there he is already a slave and married. His family, Reds, are slavers in the society, while Golds rule everything. The catch is that Reds don't know what's happening on surface and once Darrow survives some hard times he finds himself on the surface, where world is much different.
Red Rising is also mix of lots of things, mythology, battlefields, politics and it was all nicely crafted that even though you per say don't like politics you are eager to understand it. Also all elements fit together and really made sense. But it's not only men's world here, you also get nice female kick ass girls and with all that a really nice and slow-building romance. My favorite thing is that you also get twist and turns that you didn't see coming.
All in all, this book was like written for my desires, and even though I struggled at the start still this book has got another fan.
Rating: 4.5 stars.
Until the next time,
**Copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, via NetGalley. Thank you!