While I have copious favourite series that I like to enthusiastically scream to all, “YOU MUST READ THIS OR I WILL EXPLODE IN CAKE CRUMBS”…I’m also aware that not every book is for everyone. Books are notoriously subjective. Just like cake is subjective. Although that I truly struggle to comprehend because how can you not like cake????
BUT WAIT. THIS IS NOT A CAKE POST. (I get distracted sometimes.)
Today I want to talk about the gloriousness that is the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. Aaaaand, because I am SO MONSTROUSLY HELPFUL, I am here to help you know if YOU should read this bestselling series or not.
(My ultimate answer is: heck yes you should.)
(But sci-fi isn’t everyone’s THING, so hence this handy post.)
ALSO. I have a small and unhelpfully shriekingly excited review of the final book: Morning Star (!!!!) which will be covered by spoiler tags but it will have NO actual spoilers. See, I am seriously kind and accommodating today. Sheesh. My “evil” overlord status is slipping. I’m going to have to go ferociously eat a planet or something after this.
- YA TO ADULT CROSS OVER SERIES. Which are actually unusual right?! In the first book (Red Rising) Darrow is 16. By the last book (Morning Star) Darrow is 23. It definitely lingers more on the adult side of the scale, just because it reads and smells like an adult book. WHAT? YOU DOUBT ME? Honestly, adult books smell different to YA ones. Sniff them. You’ll see.
- COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF BLOOD GUTS AND GLORY. Like ALL the blood! ALL THE GLORY. Actually, not that much glory all of the time, because mostly everything ALWAYS goes wrong for Dear Darrow Darling. He is what you might call “hero material” which means he suffers from everyone going “dang it I just woke up this morning and want to…want to…MURDER DARROW” all the time. It’s very hard leading a rebellion.
- WHERE EVERYONE IS A MORALLY GREY GRAPE. You know how I just said Darrow was “hero material”? WELL. Hero is a word here which means “one who murders all the things to get to where he needs to go”. So basically anti-hero material? No kidding: people get killed ALL THE TIME in this series. It is extremely bloody. (Oh gooooodie.)
- TECHNOLOGY THAT MAKES YOUR IPHONE LOOK LIKE A TUNA FISH SANDWICH. It is sci-fi after all, dear pineapples. Ergo there is plenty of technological talk and weird inventions and ways to have people get totally beat up and then be up fighting again in 2 chapters. (#convenient) So BE PREPARED for some jargon and moments of technical explanations. Also a very vast expansive world with much details.
- ORGANISATION BY COLOUR. SERIOUSLY. LET’S COLOUR CODE THE WORLD HERE. I love colour-coding. My bookshelf is colour coded for goodness sakes. IT’S GLORIOUS. So I highly approve of an entire civilisation that is ordered by colour. (I’m now trying to colour-code my family but they’re disagreeable.)
- SPACE BATTLES, SHOOTING, BLEEDING, REBELLIONS, AND STABBY STABBINGS. Did I mention bleeding already? You know what…IT NEEDS TO BE SAID TWICE. Because it’s violent. I actually loved this so much (ummm…I swear I’m normal??) because in the books I typically read, the main characters usually get away without a scratch. NOT SO HERE. And there is much rebellion. I used to think of it as a more-violent-version of The Hunger Games? But it’s actually really rather different. DON’T FEAR! It’s epic and actiony and basically it would make the perfect movie. (Which is an excellent coincidence that it is, indeed, becoming a movie.)
- SMALL POCKETS OF HUMOUR. I’m an absolute sucker for humour and this totally slips in the sarcastic quips amongst all the traumatic events. Ergo I am sitting there going “Oh ho ho that was funny that was — NO WAIT. STAHP. DON’T HURT THE PRECIOUS OMG” all in like the space of 2 pages. Lovely. If you like deranged and slightly psychotically humours creatures — you’re gonna love Sevro.
“You! Troll!” Sevro shouts. “I’m a terrorist warlord! Stop throwing me. You made me drop my candy!” Sevro looks at the floor of the hallway. “Wait. Where is it? Dammit, Ragnar. Where is my peanut bar? You know how many people I had to kill to get that? Six! Six!”
- YOUR FEELS IN A PUDDLE OF TERROR. Who needs feelings intact anyway? Ha hahaha, not bookworms. You’re going to love the sheer amount of PAIN this series will cause. I promise.
Aren’t you so excited now??? I’m SO good at convincing people.
Basically if you like hardcore sci-fi with rebellion, blood, and torture — and a dash of friendship and dark humour — you’re going to love this series. And if you don’t, I’ll eat you. HAHAHHAAHA JUST KIDDING. (But really.)
But it will contain slight spoilers for the rest of the series, so it’s in spoiler tags! NO PEEKING if you haven’t started the series yet. But ZERO spoilers for Morning Star itself.
THANK YOU TO HACHETTE AUSTRALIA FOR THE REVIEW COPY. Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown was published in February, 2016.
Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.
Finally, the time has come.
But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied – and too glorious to surrender.