Red Rising is the debut book of Pierce Brown and it was a huge success! His book is set in the future with space ships, fleets, and awesome futuristic technology. The human race, however, has changed dramatically. The society of the time is reminiscent of a caste system, just much more dramatic and complicated. A color represents each level of society and they all have a different purpose. For instance, Greens are the techies of society, Blues are raised to be pilots of starships, and Obsidians are meant for war. (To find out more about the colors go here) At the very top of the chain are the Golds. They are superior in every way; physically, mentally, emotionally. They have a strange way of behaving, with many unspoken rules and traditions. Family name is pretty much everything to them and you must honor that name or be shamed. At the bottom, however, are the Reds. They toil under the surface of Mars to mine a precious substance that with make the surface of Mars habitable. They all think they are preparing the way for the rest of humanity to join them. Here is where we find Darrow, a passionate young Red who just wants to do his duty to provide a better life for his future children. He comes to find out, though, that the Golds lied to them. The surface of Mars has been habited by people for generations and the Reds are just the slaves of a higher power. Darrow joins a rebellion that propels him into a life he never thought possible.
I'm personally not a huge fan of straight sci-fi, with all the laser guns, technology, space ships, and aliens. So, I was delighted to find that Brown found a way to combine a futuristic society with the medieval time period. There's fighting and survival; cunning and intelligence; brutality and rage. It's sort of like Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll leave it at that. I really enjoyed the way Brown writes this book. He gives plenty of details to satisfy me, but not so many details I want to skip over parts. There were parts I gaped at, surprised. Other parts I laughed at the wit Brown displays. Still other parts I was moved by the love and emotion of the moment. There is lots of swearing and rather brutal violence. If you can't stomach that, maybe this book isn't for you. But if you don't mind, how you will love this book.
This was an amazing book, definitely read it!! I already can't wait for the next one.