Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Sunday, 4 January 2015 04:54
Title: Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)
Author: Pierce Brown
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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.


I really wanted to like this one. Really really wanted to.

About halfway through this book, I realized that I only kept reading fervently because I subconsciously kept telling myself that this book will get better and there will come a moment where I will realize I love this book. That moment never came and the only thing that did come during my whole reading experience was boredom.

The cover, the blurb, the concept, everything about this book sounds so fascinating when you read about it somewhere else. It makes you want to delve into this book, it makes you want to think that this could be a new favourite of yours. 

For example:

“I am the Reaper and death is my shadow.” 

If you read something like that and you realize it's from a book a lot of people love, don't you want to think you might love that book as well because that single line said it all?

Or this,

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

Don't you want to scream and shout saying this is the book you've been waiting for?

Do you know how hard it is to accept the fact that this book and I didn't click? God, I still want to like this book. 

I feel like every YA story needs to have a protagonist who is weak but slowly rises to power. A protagonist who is always theChosen One. Red Rising is a story about a boy named Darrow who is evidently the Chosen One. He's a low Red, their futuristic world being divided into different colours. So, he has suffered a lot, he has no privileges in life, he is the best Helldiver among the Reds and he's the Chosen One, don't forget that one.

You can tell how the story will progress, certain events turn to be devastating for our main character and that will unleash something inside him. He would want to change the world, he would want to take revenge for those who have done him wrong. And yes, he rises to power and becomes a God. Voila! The end.

Red Rising tries to tell a strong message but it is lost when your main character is apparently a God aka the Chosen One. Darrow is fucking perfect. He has no flaws, I mean, come on, he thinks he's the best Helldiver, he thinks he can change the world and the worst part is, he never fails and is saved by our annoying friend, deus ex machina!

I didn't like Darrow. I wanted to. But I couldn't. He was just too perfect for me. The rest of the characters didn't stand out either. They seemed like background noise and I didn't like them either. The story started off really well but it got boring real soon. It was like walking in muck, it just goes on and on and on. And I was waiting for that one glorious moment that would change my opinion about this book. AND IT NEVER CAME!

However, I did like the take on the mythologies and the concept. It was a bit Hunger Game-ish because many times, I felt certain similarities, just tiny ones. I just wished it was executed without a perfect character. I just wish Darrow wasn't the Chosen One. 

Pick this book up if you want. Majority of the people have loved this book.