Publisher: Del Rey
Series: Red Rising #1
Genres: Young-Adult/ Science-Fiction/ Dystopia/ Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars
The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.
Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.
My Thoughts: This is a strong book for it to be considered young-adult. I know that there are lots of books in the genre with heavy content, so I’m just giving my thoughts.
Darrow is the type of character that you can’t help but cheer him on. I loved the fact that he started out as this unconcerned Helldriver one minute and rebel the next. Like, being a Red wasn’t all that but it would one day be okay for his people to live on the surface. Once he realizes that he and all the other Reds are slaves to the Gold, it all comes to a halt. Infiltrating the Academy as a Gold to come out on top? Yes, it must be done.
So, this book is very thrilling. I love this world and the classes of the society. It started out slow, but picked up pace once Darrow was mission-focused. There is a ton of violence in this book! I expected it somewhat, because most dystopia has to have bloodshed. That’s just how it its when you have rebel forces trying to take down a higher power. There are some aspects that had me confused. Am I reading YA or Adult? I kept asking myself this question, but was too caught up in the story to truly figure out the answer. Sex slaves? Rape? So, yeah, that was a little daunting for me with this book.
I really like this book, so I will definitely be reading Golden Son. I recommend this book to dystopia, science-fiction, and high fantasy lovers. If you can overlook some of the brutality in this book, then the other aspects will shine through. A great take on the dystopia genre.