RED RISING by Pierce Brown
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future 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 joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
It seems as if everyone who has been fortunate enough to receive an ARC has had nothing but great things to say about this novel. Originally, I actually dismissed the hype because I (still) don’t consider myself a big sci-fi fan. I’m also a bit judge-y when it comes to book covers and I wasn’t wowed by Red Rising‘s font choice and red wing (yes, I know — don’t judge a book by its cover). But then I actually read the description and thought, “Well, I liked the Hunger Games. Maybe I will like Brown’s novel too.” If you haven’t heard something about this book by now then you’re living under a rock. Keep an eye out for it early next year.