There are many reason for why I picked up this book but the main is thanks to BookTube, Tashapolis, in particular who always raves about this book as well as it’s author who may I add is very attractive! *heart eye emoji* I went into this book knowing nothing and if I had to describe it I would say it’s a mix of ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Red Queen’ which are two of my favourite series but at the same time this book had it’s own original and unique aspects!
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power.
Everything about this book as so real, you had real suffering from the characters which made your heart explode with emotion, you had real villains who were easy to hate and had me looking forward to seeing them being ousted and outwitted. Each character was different and I found it easy to fall in love with a lot of them. Darrow, it a brilliant protagonist, an inherently good person but someone who knows he has to dirty his hands in order to fight for a greater cause. I became so attached to his character and found it easy to feel his pain and suffering and I look forward to reading more about his character in the next book! Not only did I love Darrow but I also loved all the other characters like Sevro, Mustang, Pax and the banter between all of them was brilliant and made me laugh; all of them were just perfect!
The storyline, was so badass. There were so many great scenes and behind every page was action and adventure as well as thousands of plot twists I wasn’t expecting! Although the plot is very similar to other novels, Brown puts it up a notch and makes this journey a remarkable, refreshing experience. He made such a worn out scenario engaging, breathtaking, and super exciting, putting elements and characters never seen and experienced before. The only downside of this book was that at the beginning there was a lot of world building and complicated names which made it difficult to follow but it wasn’t long till I caught up with everything that was going on.
Overall, I bloody dam loved this book and easily rate this book 5/5 stars as it was such a dramatic and exciting story full of unexpected plot twists and adventure which I highly recommend! I could go on and on about this book but I had to limit myself and I’m super excited to read the next book!