“I must not let that change. I must not become like them. I’ll remember that every sin, every death, every sacrifice, is for freedom.”
When there’s a hyped up dystopian-ish series out, I find it hard to resist. But I admit I’m guarded too – I have yet to finish a certain series because I’m still annoyed by the second book. But this series? All the people were suggesting it (book bloggers, musicians, random friends), so I simply couldn’t resist.
“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”
“I live for you,” I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”
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 reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds 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 don’t think it’s fair to call this another dystopian series because it’s much more. It blends some sci-fi, some dystopian and all kinds of legit. I love that it takes place on Mars (points for creativity in how that all came about) and Brown hooks the reader rather quickly. Plus, it got better and better as the book went on. The characters are so well done, there’s surprises and twists and when it ends? You’re ready for book two.
Oh and good news, the final in the series comes out next month, so it’s the perfect time to start the series and be ready for the conclusion!!
What series are you looking forward to reading?