Review – Red Rising

Red Rising – Pierce Brown

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 at Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day 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 command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.

I’d heard a lot about the Red Rising series on bookstagram, and it had always interested me – I think I picked the book up at Christmas last year, but just never got around to reading it. Then a couple of months ago, I joined a local gym as part of my rehab from a knee injury, and quickly decided that listening to music while working out wasn’t for me – so I decided to give audiobooks a go. This worked very well, as not only did it give me motivation to actually go to the gym so I could continue the story, it also meant I wasn’t concentrating on how long I’d been on the treadmill for (and sometimes I even stayed on longer to finish a chapter!)

Having just finished the Illuminae Files (which were awesome, and I’ll probably do a post about them later) I was a little worried about going back to a ‘traditional’ audiobook – ie with only one narrator – but seeing as I wasn’t any closer to picking up my physical copy of Red Rising I thought I’d try listening to it instead.

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