What this book is about:
Red Rising follows Darrow, one of a vast community of lowReds living and dying beneath the surface of Mars, slaving to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. Darrow is a Helldiver, married to Eo, content to live a happy life alongside her, but Eo has other plans. Soon, Darrow finds himself stuck in a situation that will force him to either rise up or die.
What I liked about it:
Oh gosh… everything? The author’s note at the beginning was true – I bloodydamn loved it! The characters are multidimensional, deep, and thoughtful. The writing itself is superb, the premise is engaging. There are so many great things about this book. I totally understand the drive of the true fans of the series.
What I didn’t like:
Some moments I did feel were a bit, umm, unearned (trying to not say too much here, hahaha!), but these were minor.
Overall thoughts and opinions:
This is a series I plan to buy eventually, right alongside Stormlight Archive. Even the minor issues were easily overlooked in light of all the fantastic things about it.
The thing this book really did well was to showcase how easy it is for humans to completely disregard a section of humanity for the benefit of a few. This story is an exploration of caste and what one can (and cannot) do when forced out of what they’ve always known and made to face a reality they didn’t know existed.
The emotion is intense and real in this book – I found myself tearing up several times throughout, so I was really hooked and into the story. Truly masterful.
I give Red Rising five bloodydamn stars.