Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Dystopian
First published: 2014
Edition: Paperback, published in 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton
I went into this book knowing how much hype there had been surrounding it. Sometimes hype does not do the book itself any favours as you come to expect so much from it. I feel Red Rising suffered a bit from that on my part. Willing or unwillingly, I went into this story with skyhigh expectations and I have come out of it only partly satisfied.
I managed to avoid spoilers before reading Red Rising, and so I knew little about what it was actually about. Now I finished it, I will say this is a good book. Let’s throw that out there. It is well written, the story is well structured and the characters are flawed and well developed, but I just expected more twists and turns. I also found myself feeling like I had read similar stories before. It did not feel that original and that surprised me.
It started out on the sci-fi spectrum and I surprisingly enjoyed learning about the Reds and their way of life in the mines. I liked the sci-fi angle in this case, but it moves away from that a bit. Once the story moved elsewhere I found myself having a bit of deja-vu. Having said that, I think Darrow’s character development and his learning curve are what makes this story a good one.
Overall, I think Red Rising is definitely worth reading and I will pick up the next books if I come across them, but I was not blown away by it.
5 out of 7 stars