Red Rising

Red Rising (Red Rising, #1)Red Rising by Pierce Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won this book via goodreads giveaway

This book was slow and complicated. It thrusts its reader into a world with its own rules and slang and complicated caste system without really giving them a road map. It took me quite a while to get my bearings. You’re basically immersion learning. It’s like someone dropped me off in Korea and expected me to instantly understand what everyone was talking about. It’s going to take you a minute to grasp what’s going on. This was both good and bad. On the plus side, it felt authentic. There was showing, not telling and I felt like the author assumed his reader was intelligent and would eventually “get it.” Conversely, I feel like there were parts of the book that I only understood in retrospect. For example, Darrow’s carving. I could sort of tell that the author was painting a beautiful picture, but it was like my eyes hadn’t fully adjusted yet and I couldn’t see what was going on until I was almost too far away to get the full effect.

Until the last 30%, I would have probably given this a 2.5 because it was just a whole lot of nothing. But the ending was mind-blowing. So action packed.

I also really loved the author’s portrayal of women. They were fierce and didn’t apologize for it.

I will definitely finish this series, but I’ll need to be in a certain mood to do it. Reading this requires a lot of neural concentration and I’m not always willing to commit to that when I’m reading for entertainment.

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