Red Rising by Pierce Brown: Book Review

Look at me go! Three days in a row posting a review! I’m thinking for Thursday I’ll do something different to mix things up!

Now, I have been putting off reading this since I picked it because I’m not a huge Sci-Fi fan. But I thought I also haven’t really given it much of a chance. I decided to read Red Rising because BookTuber, Piera Forde is a huge fan of the series.

For way of synopsis, the back just says: “His wife taken. His people enslaved. Driven by a longing for justice and memory of lost love, Darrow will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if he must become one of them to do so.” Goodreads

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’m feeling very “meh” over this book. There was some really good parts that I liked, for example, when the characters were strategizing another attack. I didn’t like the use of the word “cripple”. I understand the context and everything, but as a disabled person I hate that word no matter the context. I also didn’t appreciate the use of gender roles throughout the book. Mustang should have had more in the story, not so one dimensional. She felt like a means to an end for the plot. A plot device that Darrow uses with no thanks. She had important moments, but she could have been easily switched for another character.

Haven’t decided if I want to continue the series or not. Did you read the series? Does it get better from book one?

As always, thanks for reading!

Sarah<3<3

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