Staff Review: "Red Rising"
Sixteen-year-old Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand Reds (the lowest caste of society) who live beneath the surface of Mars, mining for an element that will terraform Mars and make it habitable to the people of Earth. After tragedy strikes, Darrow learns that everything he has ever been told is a lie. Mars has been habitable for hundreds of years and all the other colors of society, including the ruling Golds. In order to lead a revolution, Darrow must become what he has hated, a Gold, and attend the Institute, a school where the children of the most elite Golds battle for powerful roles in society. Red Rising is jam packed with action and excitement. This dark and powerful read is recommended for readers who are looking for a book reminiscent of The Hunger Games or Enders Game. Red Rising is very graphic and violent though, so it might not be for everyone.