Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Hello readers,

todays review is going to be an unpopular opinion. At least I feel it is going to be one. I was very hesitant about picking up Red Rising after all the hype that I saw on booktube and in the bookish community and as we all know once its hyped my expectations are high and are rarely met.

Red Rising is a dystopian where people are categorized by color. Red is the lowest color and they work as more or less as slaves to make Mars an inhabitable planet, what they do not know is that the Golds which are the highest of all already know it is inhabitable and live their happy lives.
So far compareable to The Hunger Games world, just on Mars. Darrow who is a Red and working as a "Helldiver" (I still do not know what a helldiver really does) is set to infiltrate the system of the Golds and destroy it from the inside.
Sounds action packed and interesting?

Well yes, it partially was. But I needed more than 100 pages to find my way into that very "flowery" writing which in my eyes doesn`t fit the story at all. The book is dealt into different parts. The first part I kept struggling with the writing as mentioned before. It ended shocking and I was sure I would DNF it, because as shocking as it ended as annoyed was I with the beginning of the second part.
The making of Darrow reminded me very much of Frankenstein and honestly I hate it when I feel I am reading something that has already been there. It is a lack of uniqueness for me.
More over did I struggle a lot with smaller "mistakes" that I saw in the story. Humans need special boots to be able to walk on Mars whereas horses seem to be able to run around without them??? I didn`t get that.
I was intrigued here and there and kept on reading but I never felt connected to the story or the characters, which I think is a result of the writing. Flowery writing and action scenes just do not go together for me. But towards the end of the book I felt the writing did improve.
I loved the idea of the story and felt it could have been very great and I really do understand why people might like this. It just wasn`t for me. I am not sure if I will pick up the second book in the series, maybe if someone could tell me that the writing improved?

Overall I gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars. I liked the idea of it very much and would have really enjoyed it if the writing would have been differently.

I know this might be an unpopular opinion and I am always open to hear your thoughts, we all have different tastes. So I am by no means saying you are not supposed to like this book. It just wasn`t a book for me.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I see you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,

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