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Review: Red Rising

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Red Rising
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good read despite my suspension of disbelief being tested a bit and I’m glad that I read it. There’s nothing wrong with an action packed scifi story and Red Rising delivered, especially after the first third of the book. I admit that I was rooting for Darrow’s hard knocks to come hard and leave lasting scars and some of my wish was granted. With “Chosen One” stories I tend to expect a lot and really want to be shown that the scion earns it. Darrow got his foot in, in a way that much reminded me of GATTACA and I liked it but really kept waiting for his DNA to tell on him. It didn’t happen. I certainly waited for his ties to Eo that he’d brought with him to be discovered because I thought it not a good idea to have brought it along to begin with but alas, that didn’t happen either. All save one verbal slip of his go unnoticed by the Golds and as it’s made excrutiatingly clear that they’re brilliant, I can only imagine that their lack of imagination at the possible is what saves him there. I didn’t get too tied to the characters after The Passage and that suited me fine. It’s a bloody, ragefest and many are not long for the world and those that survive are not whole in the aftermath. I’m much interested in the next installment of the story and very much enjoyed the theme of Ancient Rome & mythology. Some of the slang was a bit to get used to but was easy enough to immerse, I do hope I recall it well when the next book comes out. I’d recommend this one for fans of action packed scifi and if you’re prone, don’t let the YA tag deter you.

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