Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
Warning: contains spoilers
To everyone who reads this book, it will bring a lot of similarities with the Hunger Games books. And in fact, Hunger Games might have inspired this author to write this book, since it was published 4 years after the first one.
In Red Rising, people are divided in castes by color. Red being the slaves, and the Gold being the government. This can be compared to districts, were every district has it’s function in society, there are poor and rich districts, and in the main one are all the people who live by other’s afford.
In Red Rising, we are invited to vision a world in the future were Earth Colonized another planets, and that was the start to re-organize the world the same way as a hundred years ago. The first people to colonize Mars, were there to prepare the grounds for the others. What happened is that years passes and the “others” came to Mars, but these people never knew about it. Generations passed and the Red caste became more and more incult and ignorant about history and the world they never knew.
Until 1 Red was chosen to become a Gold one, so he could rise in society and claim what is right for all the people. So he infiltrates the Golden society to study with them in disguise.
And then we have the “Slavery Game”
At school they are all put in a ground to play a game. The Golden ones are divided in houses, and each of them a banner. They have to use the banner of the house to enslave the other houses. The last house not enslaved, wins.
They allow them to use any tools they have. They fight, there are murders, rape, torture. Even tho they have “inspectors” watching the game, and it is on TV (just like Hunger Games), the show is not live, the inspectors can edit the clips, show what they want. So they use it to manipulate the game. Help who they want to win.
And what you’ll read on this first book is from the mines of the Red people, till graduation of Darrow after the game.
Although this being very similar to Hunger Games, I don’t have a favorite yet.
Darrow character seem to be more full of real emotions, most of the time he knows what is right and what is wrong, still chooses to do wrong because it’s the person he is pretending to be, he needs to act like a Gold one.
I loved the fact that Darrow, in the game, also has a little bit of Daenerys Targaryen on his blood. He did what no Gold one had thought to do. Free the slaves, and let them help you instead of commanding them.
Yet, this is another book series waiting for the releasing dates on the movies.