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Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown


Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy 1) by Pierce Brown

Synopsis:
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.

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Look out for book 2, GOLDEN SON, publishing January 2015.

Praise:
'Mixes the pulse-pounding excitement of The Hunger Games and savage splendour of Game of Thrones . . . Properly a-ma-zing, like an adrenalin shot for the imagination.' Star Magazine

My Review:
I got this book through net galley for an honest review. So let me be honest if I was the books editor I would have told the author to go back and fix the beginning world building so it doesn't feel like a boring information dump and work on the plot which is also boring. Wait why did I give it a three jelly bean aka GOOD review. Well their was promise in this novel. Like you know what the author was going for but just didn't quite hit the mark. The characters were good for a YA dystopian novel but the main character, Darrow, was just not that relatable. Even though it kind of felt like a boring information dump in the beginning after 20% through the story picked up a little. The books premise dealing with survival and society in a dystopia future was good and kept me reading. The only other issue I had was the plot is was boring and kind of predictable. Overall I feel like this book has promise maybe the next in the series will deliver where this one lacked. 
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About the Author:
Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a start up tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.

Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

Note to the reader: Always feel free to contact him via his website, twitter, or facebook. He likes people. Except if you're a trollish person. Then he merely puts up with you for the sake of manners and propriety.
*Website* *Twitter: Pierce_Brown*

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