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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 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.
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|Duración del título||16 horas y 12 minutos|
|Narrador||Tim Gerard Reynolds|
|Fecha de lanzamiento en Audible.es||enero 28, 2014|
|Tipo de programa||Audiolibro|
|Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon|| nº2,008 en Audible Libros y Originales (Ver el Top 100 en Audible Libros y Originales) |
nº12 en Ciencia ficción distópica
nº26 en Ciencia ficción de aventura
nº108 en Fantasía (Audible Libros y Originales)
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Caution, mild spoilers ahead.
"Funny thing, watching gods realize they’ve been mortal all along."
I was going to leave for a trip for 3 weeks and couldn’t bring physical copies of the books with me. At least not as many as I would want to. So, for the first time in years I bought kindle versions of a few books.
I decided to clean my want-to-read and owned-to-read shelves and this is one that’s been on one of those lists for a long time. I don’t think the synopsis really convinced me and I wasn’t sure the book would be worth buying.
I regret that I formed an opinion before giving it a real chance. I think I might want to have it on a shelf of my bookcase so I can re-read it or just flip through the pages to savor the good passages.
This is one of those books that really surprised me. There was action, a bad-ass character, suspense… Everything you want in a good novel that takes you in its grip and doesn’t let go before you flip the last page.
The future that this book is painting is simple but evil.
It has been compared to The Hunger Games, and I thought the same by the middle of the book but P. Brown created something new. It may be another dystopian future, another example of our flaws and habits, but it is also an example of what we might become if a handful few can grab the seats of power and impose their will, hiding the rest of us in the dark for the next centuries.
If I only knew that there would be Greek and Roman mythology involved I would have picked the book sooner. P. Brown used the names of the gods and their characteristics and attributes to show the different battling houses of the Golds, but at the same time mentioning the differences between Greek and Roman mythology.
The main character is not perfect, but deep and easy to connect to. He might be above average in his skills or strength, but then again, it was all built for him. And throughout the pages P. Brown shows us the change in the protagonist, his doubts, his fears, but also his never ending will to push forward.We get to presence his evolution and the adjustment to his new role in the society.
The story is gripping and full of twists. Even though some of the turns of the events are easy to foresee, the story is ever changing. The fluid relationship between the characters and the protagonist is sometimes surprising like with Tactus, Servo and Pax, other times not so much as with Mustang. But the author is not afraid to kill one or several of the characters you liked or started to like, leaving you on the edge of the seat to see what will happen next.
It was a good ride and I hope you will take it too.
Si no tienes un nivel muy alto de inglés y hábito de leer libros en inglés, mejor ve a por el libro en castellano. Al final, el hecho de saber qué es un Helldiver o una singBlade no va a mejorar tus habilidades en el idioma y la lectura en castellano te va a resultar menos farragosa.
EL LIBRO, GENIAL
Quitando esa dificultad, el libro me ha parecido fascinante. Si, es cierto, no tengo la edad de su principal público objetivo pero si es por eso tampoco la tenía con Harry Potter y devoré la saga completa. ¿Qué más da si es un libro para "jóvenes adultos"? Es una buena idea, bien resuelta.
Yo le doy un notable muy alto y voy ya a por Golden Son.
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Set in the distant future, where the human race is divided by a rigid class system of colours, colonies of Red miners toil under the surface of Mars, harvesting natural elements that will terraform its surface and make it an inhabitable environment in the future. Sixteen year old Darrow is one of these Reds, born underground and raised to risk his life on a daily basis. Food is scarce and life expectancy is short. The rules are enforced by a strict hierarchical class system that’s preceded over by the Gold’s – supposedly superior to all other colours both physically and mentally. When Darrow discovers that his life is built on a lie, he’s given a dangerous mission to integrate himself into the very heart of Gold society.
Darrow is sent to the Institute, where young Gold’s play deadly games to win power. It’s a trial by fire that is designed to push them to the limits and teach them how to wage war and become the leaders of tomorrow. Weakness isn’t tolerated and not everyone will make it through. Parallels could be drawn to the Hunger Games, but it’s a very different type of competition. The aim here is for power and ultimate victory – achieved through intellect and strategy and the ability to command their peers.
Darrow is a great character. He’s definitely not perfect – he’s reckless, angry and overly bold. He’s smart but he also shows that he can be ruthless and brutal. This means that he’s not always a particularly likeable character, but you still end up rooting for him all the same. Throughout the book he goes through some intense challenges, questioning his own identity, who to trust and what actions can be justified for the greater good.
There are inevitably a lot of the generic running themes that seem to pop up in every dystopian YA – a challenging and brutal landscape, segregated society and a deadly competition, as well as an angry and repressed protagonist rising up against the ruling classes. That said, I think the author does enough to make Red Rising stand apart from the masses.
There are plenty of action scenes and the tension remains ramped up all the way through. There are also ongoing political undercurrents as Darrow struggles to keep his ultimate goal of infiltrating the highest level of society within his grasp. Immediately after finishing this book I downloaded and binge-read the next two in the series – and as much as I liked this book, I think they get even better as they goes on.
He was arrogant to the point that my eyes were rolling.
“See. That’s what I don’t get. If I am a good man, then why do I want to do bad things?”
Yet, as the story developed, (his ability to be brilliant at everything aside), his demeanor crumbled allowing his vulnerability and conflicting empathy towards everyone made me realise he's quite a complex character. I feel like this is the first decent morally grey character I've read in a long time.
This book has a brutal way of getting its point across - sometimes at the risk of being patronising.
The author doesn't shy away from the brutality of war and it can be easy to forget that these characters are 17 - 18 years old.
My favourite of these characters is Sevro!
"He likes his curved knives too much. I think he whispers to them."
He gets his hands dirty more than once and shadows Darrow to the point of my frustration (I'm certain he could slit his throat in the middle of the night). Yet, he seems to be the most loyal and quite frankly disturbing friend Darrow could hope for. I honestly don't know if he deserves it.
And I guess that's the point? The good guy doesn't *feel* like a good guy. There is so much to digest and so many ripple affects to everyone's actions and how they react. Nothing is cut and dry.
The last few chapters were brilliant. I couldn't put my kindle down once the final wheel was in motion! I can't wait to start the next book - even if I hear it is even more brutal than the first!!
“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.”
So I can safely say that all the praise this book gets is well deserved!
I always a little bit nervous when reading works of an author I have not read before, and even more so when said books are so widely loved. Not in the sense id be worried about rating it low, because that doesn’t overly bother me, it is that your expectations are set so high that they can often be the ruin of the book. It works both ways, I have watched films and read books that’s have been slated and loved them because I had such low expectations. Thankfully, those who have praised this book are people who I respect the opinions of and having cracking taste!
It usually takes me a good chunk of time to fall into the rhythm of a new authors writing, especially when in first person. I have nothing against first person, it’s just that for some unknown reason it takes me longer to get into the grove of the writing. However, this was not an issue at all with this book, I fell into it almost too easily.
I have described writing before using words such as clean, simple and sharp. Though, never have I read writing quite so sharp. Pierce does not over embellish his writing, it is straight and to the point, while not seeming inferior or of a lesser standard. There is a quick feeling to his prose, they are swift and effective. That's not to say there isn't description there most definitely is, it just felt less prevalent.
There is something surreal about Pierce's writing. At first I thought it more magical, when Darrow was describing the beauties of nature he sees or cities but I realised it was actually a part of Darrow. It emphasises the point that he believed his world was baron and red and that it would never be more, that he would never be more. It was incredibly immersive and truly brought out Darrow’s character more and more.
I found Darrow easy to love, I liked him from the start and that didn’t change. It was very interesting to see the two sides of Darrow, not in a two faced way but we as the reader see a truer version of him whereas the other characters of the book see the image he puts forth. There is a duel at one point, one of the opponents says ‘to yield’ while Darrow shouts ‘to the death’ and it just clicked how differently the rest of the characters see him to how we see him. I was really cleverly done, I don't doubt other books do it to some degree but I really saw it in this.
“Yielding,” Pax says impatiently. “To the death,” I correct. Really it doesn’t matter. I’m just screwing with them at this point. All I have to do is give the signal. “To yielding,” Mustang confirms.”
I felt like I was able to resonate with some of the initial emotions that Darrow experiences. I live in a tiny town, so when I moved to the city for university it was a big shift in gear. I remember I was walking from my university accommodation once and I saw a tractor rolling through Leeds and I nearly peed I was that excited, it is so strange to go from a place you know near everyone and where everyone but the grumps smile at you to a city of drones. A place where you are the strange one for smiling at the person walking past you!
“In Lykos, I would have been jostled by men I’d grown up with, run across girls I’d chased and wrestled with as a child. Here, other Colors slam into me and offer not even a faint apology. This is a city, and I do not like it. I feel alone.”
Pierce also gave us so many other great characters, Sevro was brilliant! Some had past dealings that would make you think them oily and sneaky, others you would pity and some you hated. Pierce makes you feel every brutal emotions for these characters and more.
“Sevro snorts. “What do you think I’ve been doing this whole time, you silky turd? Wanking off in the bushes?”
The descriptions in this book are beautifully done, the forest, the baron slums Darrow lived in, the busy cities full of Colours, are all so vivid and creative. I said earlier that Pierces writing, through the eyes of Darrow, seemed surreal and often magical and it does but Pierce also managed to show us an utterly savage world one win which life is not fair, it is not equal and you do not win. The story gradually gets darker and darker, while still holding tight the dream that this all begun for.
“On Mars there is not much gravity. So you have to pull the feet to break the neck. They let the loved ones do it.”
This book is so fast paced, and it is utterly relentless. I didn’t feel like there was a single point I could put this book down the wheels of the game just kept on churning! Which is probably why I was up until the butt crack of dawn reading this book. So, if you starter reading this book do so early and make sure you have the day free because you will not want to stop.
It is a brilliant start to the series and I cannot wait to read the next book, which is already downloaded on my kindle and ready to be read once I have posted this review!
“Alter the paradigm.”
At first, when I first read about this, I was unimpressed. It seemed like every other YA, dystopian novel out there. How many books have the classes separated by something? Whether that be numbers, colours, looks or something else? It’s now a new concept. This was a breath of fresh air for this genre for me.
I was more invested in the characters than I’d care to admit. Darrow, Mustang and Servo were just great characters. If you don’t like Servo, then I think there’s probably something wrong with you. He was my favourite character because he wasn’t perfect like the other golds. He wasn’t traditionally handsome and tall, but boy was he smart.
To be honest, most of it isn't YA. This is a quote from the first few chapters, and when I really started paying attention to this novel:
On Mars there is not much gravity. So you have to pull the feet to break the neck. They let the loved ones do it.
Like, bloodydamn, that’s terrible. Why have hanging as a method of death, if the act of hanging doesn’t even work? This was the first hint that this form of society had big problems, and the problems only grew more severe from there.
I definitely want to read on. Perhaps I won’t start the book at 10pm at night, so that I get some sleep the day I read it.
The characters in the Sons of Ares didn't much interest me either. They felt like cardboard cutouts and there was never any warmth from them, especially with what they wanted Darrow to do and I read very mixed reviews about the people he meets later. As much as I wanted to see the games (I was a big Hunger Games fan), I just couldn't persuade myself to plough on through the detailed descriptions and slow plot to actually get there. I found his initial lifestyle and that transformation section way too slow for my personal tastes. I just didn't feel enthused with it. If I had cared more for Darrow and the other characters, maybe I could have ploughed through but I wasn't really interested enough to try. I know a lot of people loved this series and I can see why they did but sadly it didn't work for me.