“I would have lived in peace. But my enemies brought me war.”
When I finished this book, it left me with quite the book hangover. It’s pretty damn amazing, and is definitely one of my favourites.
What is it about? So, this book has been called ‘the next Hunger Games’ and that is pretty accurate. It is SO like the hunger games that it must be a hommage. The number of similarities is astounding. But I have to say that I think I enjoyed this more than I enjoyed the hunger games.
So basically this is a dystopian set in a world (or worlds) where there is a class system based on colours. Red is at the bottom, and Gold is at the top. The golds are basically genetically engineered super-humans that rule the world with an iron (gold) fist. Darrow is a red, and a Helldiver, meaning that he mines below the surface of Mars for some mineral that is used to terraform the planet and get it ready for the people of earth to come and live there. Life for him and his family is tough, but it is Okay, because he is a pioneer, doing what is necessary for the greater good… or so he thinks.
After some stuff happens that I won’t spoil, Darrow gets the opportunity to perhaps do something to stop the totalitarian Golds and their wicked ways, and it involves competing in some pretty vicious war games. That’s all I am going to say.
“The measure of a man is what he does when he has power.”
So what did I think? I loved it, despite its obvious similarities to the hunger games, I thought this was a much richer and deeper book that, despite a similar premise, told a completely different story. It is far grittier and more violent, but that is not unexpected, as I believe this is considered more adult fiction than YA. There is some serious nastiness in this book, but it is as interesting as it is confronting. This is a book about power and privilege and about the inescapable reality that humans will do awful things to one another, just because they can, and how privilege warps your view of right and wrong.
Darrow is a fantastic protagonist, as it says on the cover; part Katniss, part Ender. This entire book is filled with amazing after amazing character. There are just so many and I love them (or love to hate them) all! Another high point for this novel is the writing style. It’s just wonderful to read, and quite a unique voice. Pierce Brown’s writing style is definitely counted among my favourites
“Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.”
I bloodydamn love this book. I loved it so much that I paid $17 for the ebook of Golden Son (which is also amazing but I was recovering from surgery when I read and was on too many pain killers to review properly). Yeah, that’s right. $17 for an ebook. If that doesn’t convince you to read it, I don’t know what will.
I rate it 5/5 stars