Darrow is a Red, one of the many people who mine the planet Mars in order to prepare the planet for others. Despite some frustrations, he values his wife Eo, his family, his culture, and his skills as a Helldiver (a miner who does the most dangerous mining). After tragedy strikes, Darrow discovers that the planet has been colonized for years, and the upper classes–the top-tier being “Golds”–have been living off the toil of the Reds. Angry and grieving, Darrow goes undercover at the Institute, the elite academy for the pinnacle members of the society.
This book is a gory fusion of classical mythology and literature and the Hunger Games concept. The action-packed plot grabbed me and did not let go. Red Rising takes the brutal side of society and shoves your face into it while at the same time presenting the shades of grey. I loved it. Every time I had to put the book down, my brain was mulling over the story, wondering what would happen next and trying to pick apart the situation and characters. The setting–grim as it is– is well-constructed and compelling, and I became immersed. The ending left me with an eagerness to see how the series progresses.
This would be a great cross-over book as I think it would to older teens and adults in the 20-30 year age bracket. Check it out especially if you like rebels, science fiction, or stories of epic proportion.