Narrator: Tim Gerrard
Series: Red Rising
Published by Recorded Books, Del Rey on January 28, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult
Length: 16 hours 12 minutes
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 😉 And I forgot I was in space most the time, so that Mars mention was really not worth my trepidation at all.
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.
- 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.
Berls is so glad that she finally read Red Rising! 4.5/5 stars! Click To Tweet