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.
I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book.
The beginning suckered me in quickly but did get a little slow after the first few chapters. I ended up putting it down for a little while. But once I got past the next chapter I was pulled back in.
The world that Pierce Brown created is so entrancing I can’t wait to get the next book from the library and start right back into the story.
I think that they only thing I had reservations about was the characters. Some of them are just so detailed and full of life. And others are flat and boring. We also get told a lot of the story instead of seeing it unfold as the reader. But other than that I really enjoyed myself.