Series: Red Rising #1
Published by Recorded Books on January 28, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia
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"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them."
"I live for you," I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."
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 already 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.
This is a great dystopia about a future multi-planet society ruled by genetically-enhanced humans called Golds. The rest of society is broken down into castes and colors. Darrow is a “red”, who is stuck mining gas under the surface of Mars. He is convinced by his wife to begin pursuing freedom for his people, and the story takes off from there. This was a 5-star book for me and it has a great setup, world, and cast of characters. In fact, it is really strong on unique characters that each represent something different about the society and the Golds. The narration was also top-notch and made it very believable as Darrow talking.