Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Simply a great book

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)Red Rising by Pierce Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A brilliant read. For the first section I though it was shaping to be a good book but nothing unique or special, underground society blindly toiling for the percieved greater good, based on a huge lie essentially making them slaves. Philip K Dick did it well with The Penultimate Truth and Hugh Howey hit a high note with The Silo Trilogy. But then this book veered in a different direction and it really takes off. Still not necessarily completely a unique idea, taking on a bit of Hunger Games and Enders game but moulding in a classical Roman style society , with some brilliant playing on mythology and favours from the gods , with brutal war games becoming real very quickly . And in the background a well constructed rebbellion story.
I didn’t know if I would like this. I was wary of the massive hype. But its actually better than the hype.
Glad I finally tried it.

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About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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