As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. And so Darrow sacrifices himself in the name of the greater good for which Eo, his true love and inspiration, laid down her own life. He becomes a Gold, infiltrating their privileged realm so that he can destroy it from within.
A lamb among wolves in a cruel world, Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love—but also the wrath of powerful rivals. To wage and win the war that will change humankind’s destiny, Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution—and strive not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. Though the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit, Darrow must choose to follow Eo’s principles of love and justice to free his people.
He must live for more.
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“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.”
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Where do I even begin? After this book, I am convinced that Pierce Brown is trying to rip my heart out and play with my emotions. This book broke me. I sincerely mean that. There were many times that I was crying and there were many times that I was wholeheartedly convinced that things couldn’t get any worse for Darrow… only for them to get even worse. How is it even possible for so much to happen to one person? I honestly have no clue.
I love Darrow. He is so brave and he is just trying to do what’s right. Sometimes, he goes about that in the wrong way, but he is ultimately doing whatever he has to do to free his people and get justice for them. Darrow constantly has me dropping my jaw by his brilliance. I don’t know how he comes up with the plans he does. He does things that I never see coming and he always manages to get out of whatever bad situation he is in.
Mustang… I love her character. While Darrow is brilliant, she is an absolute genius. I don’t know how she comes up with the things she does in such a short amount of time. Mustang and Darrow get each other on a completely different level and to watch them plan things together is like watching a masterpiece be created. I love them as a couple SO much and the ending between them broke my heart. I hope that Mustang comes to her senses and brings the cavalry to save Darrow from the Sovereign because he needs her.
Sevro… Can I honestly love a made up character this much? Sevro is my snarky, brilliantly insane, one-eyed wolf pup. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love his character and everything he represents. Sevro is so loyal to Darrow it is awe-inspiring. It took 150 pages, but when they were finally reunited, my heart melted. I need Sevro to be okay and to live through the next installment. It would kill me if he didn’t.
Tactus… I was so upset when he died. Tactus has gone down a bumpy road since he was introduced and all I wanted was for him and Darrow to be friends. When Tactus finally decides that he wants to come home and be with the group, he dies. It broke my heart for Tactus to finally choose to be good, only to be killed by a “good” character.
Roque… I can’t say that I am surprised by his betrayal. As soon as it was said that he wanted to mask Darrow, I knew that something was off. It is sad to see a character with such promise go to the dark side, but he wasn’t taught any better. I was slightly surprised that Roque knew about Darrow being a Red though.
Victra… I like her. She is wild and snarky. Her interest towards Darrow does concern me a bit because I want him to be with Mustang. But besides that, I enjoy Victra’s character and what she represents. I don’t think that she would betray Darrow in a million years and I am interested to see what role Victra will play in the coming war. I’d like to think she would side with Darrow, no matter his color.
I have to say that I was a little disappointed by Augustus’s death. I think he deserves worse than a quick bullet to the head. But, being murdered by your remaining living son must be a giant betrayal. I just wish his death would have been slower and more dragged out. He deserved to suffer a lot more for the things he has done and was planning to do.
Eo being pregnant was not a surprise. I new from the minute that she told Darrow in book one that she had a surprise for him. I am just surprised that it took this long to come out. I did cry a little because I don’t agree with Eo’s choice. In my mind, she wanted to be a martyr. She got herself and her child killed to spark a revolution and to make Darrow act. I don’t think that was right. She not only chose to sacrifice herself, but that of an unborn child. She made the choice to not allow that baby to live, which in my mind, is not okay or right.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book-even though it tore my heart out. I think that Pierce Brown is a phenomenal author and everything that happened in this book was brilliantly crafted by him. I will be reading the next book, Morning Star.