Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
Reviewer: Tim Johnson, Branch Manager
This book is like dystopian candy. It mixes a socially stratified society with a Lord of the Flies-style education system where the class valedictorian gets the most prestigious appointment. I don’t want to say too much and give out spoilers but to me, it is a much better piece of writing than some of the other dystopias.
Reviewer: Elissa Vura, Library Assistant
In the solar system’s hierarchical color scheme, Gold reigns while lowly Red toils deep beneath the surface of Mars, mining the precious helium-3 that fuels starships. Darrow, a young Helldiver, expects to live his life hot and fast as he works the drill. But his predictable life is thrown into chaos when his wife’s death becomes a symbol of revolution and he is thrown into the rebellion by forces beyond his control. A Hunger Games for adults with all the satisfying elements of strong science fiction, Red Rising pushes its characters to their absolute limits. I didn’t want to put it down.