Monday, 30 May 2016

Book Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

"I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war."

I feel like I've just watched an extremely interesting game of Risk! 4*

I liked this book more than I thought I would. And to be honest, I started reading it because of some seriously gorgeous fan art I discovered online. Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm a sucker for good artwork.

Soooooo, Red Rising. You could say it's your typical dystopian story, but you can't help but feel there is more to it. I personally loved the writing. Even though the story wasn't fast paced (I know, guys, but it's about strategy) it was really easy to read because of the writing, which was so down to the point that the pages just flew past. 

The characters were very interesting and well presented. Darrow's cunning was something out of this world (quite literally, since he is from Mars and all that), and Mustang is a modest badass in my opinion. I hope to see more of her in the next books. But there are more characters to apreciate here. Like, Narol, Dancer, Fitchner, Eo, Sevro, Pax, Roque and even the Jackal. Every one of them had a special role in helping the story stand on its feet. And the success in these characters, is that you can see what drives them. That is some good writing, I tell you.

I will not mention much about the love story. Although it's the moving stone that drives the MC, it is subtle and quiet throughout the book and always, always, present. 

"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them."
"I live for you," I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."

Now, if you are wondering why 4* and not 5* after everything previously mentioned, I will have to say that the plot twists were always pretty obvious to me. That is the only reason for my 4* rating. 

So, if you are looking for your next dystopian novel, try Red Rising!


  1. Hmmm, sounds interesting and I do love dystopian books, but to be honest, the fact that the plot twists were obvious and that the story is slow-paced, are not good signs for me.

    I'll keep this one on my list though for I know that good writing can be very addictive. ;)

    Thanks for sharing, Penny!

    1. I believe you would like it, even though it's a bit slow, because it doesn't actually feel that way when you read it. I mean, you did manage to find Dracula interesting even though I thought it was extremely slow! Hahaha