I forgot I was in space most the time! Red Rising #Review

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I forgot I was in space most the time! Red Rising #ReviewRed Rising by Pierce Brown
Narrator: Tim Gerrard
Series: Red Rising
Published by Recorded Books, Del Rey on January 28, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Length: 16 hours 12 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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’ve been told for quite some time I should read Red Rising and I was hesitant. Elements appealed go me, but the mention of Mars put me off; I’m not a space person. But then it went in sale at Audible at the same time that it was the book of the month for Kimba’s Caffeinated Book Club – how can I not see the stars aligning right?! Well I ended up enjoying Red Rising quite a lot and I’m glad I payed attention to the stars ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I forgot I was in space most the time, so that Mars mention was really not worth my trepidation at all.

What Worked:

  • The world! It had this very dystopian feel, but so very original at the same time. It has the segments of society like so many of them, but the way it’s done felt very different.
  • The plot! It was very twisty and steady – I was pulled into the story so completely.
  • The characters, for the most part. I found them very full and compelling. I liked and hated them fully – they were so very real.
  • The narration was very good. I have found few male narrators I like as much as female narrators, because their voices for females can be so off. But I really enjoyed Tim Gerrard’s narration and am glad I decided to listen to the trilogy.

What Didn’t Work:

  • My only problem was keeping up with the characters. They were very real – but there were so many! To have so many complex characters is overwhelming and that definitely lost me at times.

Red Rising was a definite hit for me and, while I’m not diving directly into book 2, it won’t be long.

4.5 stars I loved it

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About Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown

Pierce Brown’s first novel, RED RISING (Del Rey Books), debuts January 28, 2014. It is the first installment in The Red Rising Trilogy.

Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for his cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately, he doesnโ€™t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate Campaign.

Now he lives in Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.

Note to the reader: Always feel free to contact him via his website, twitter, or facebook. He likes people. Except if you’re a trollish person. Then he merely puts up with you for the sake of manners and propriety.


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14 Responses to “I forgot I was in space most the time! Red Rising #Review”

  1. Nazish

    There are definitely a lot of characters in this series, but they are all important, and thatโ€™s why Iโ€™m so happy that while it was hard to keep up with them all in the first book, they were all fleshed out enough to make an impact on me โ€“ and so I remembered them in the following books
    Iโ€™m really happy you enjoyed Red Rising, Berls.
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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    Yay! I’m so happy you loved it, Berls! I got this for my birthday and hope to have it read before BEA since Pierce Brown is going to be there. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m really looking forward to reading it even more now…you, me, Lexxie, Kimberly…we can all fangirl! ๐Ÿ˜€
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    • Berls

      Don’t feel bad if you don’t like it, Stormi gave up on it pretty quick she said. But I definitely think it’s worth a shot at least ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lexxie

    There are definitely a lot of characters in this series, but they are all important, and that’s why I’m so happy that while it was hard to keep up with them all in the first book, they were all fleshed out enough to make an impact on me – and so I remembered them in the following books ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’m really happy you enjoyed Red Rising, Berls. xoxo
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    • Berls

      I do have to agree – the way they were all so fleshed out did mean that when I went to pick up the next book I remembered them and it wasn’t AS hard to keep track. I still struggled a but though lol ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs Lexxie!

    • Berls

      If you love space stories I think you’d like book 2 in the series even more – the space elements really come out there.

    • Berls

      I’d love it – I’ve read book 2 already actually, but I still have book 3 to go and there’s still some characters that I get confused with. Not the really big ones, but still there’s a lot of semi important characters to keep track of! So I’ll let you know when I’m jumping into book 3!

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