There has only ever been a few books that trump my ability to write a “sane sounding” review. Most of the time my writers block is cured with grievous amounts of coffee and a few hours of staring at a blank screen. The review might come out sounding a little hysterical (or “hyper” as my best-friend likes to say) in the end, but it gets my point across. (Uncontrollable rambling generally equals awesome book.) But today is not a coffee and vapid stare kind of day. Today is a day where words fail me. If you were standing in front of me right now you would see a gaping mouth. You would see my arms, flailing about my head like some sort of mentally disturbed bat. You’d notice my shortness in breath, my inability to stop moving my feet. You’d FEEL the excitement radiating off of me in waves. But…you are not in front of me. Instead, you are sitting in front of your computer, waiting for me to either sell you on, or slam my latest read.
Regrettably…I have a feeling that TODAY I might not be the best of salesman. But alas…I will do my very best.
The fact that I have been waiting MONTHS for Pierce Brown’s novel “Red Rising” is NOT a secret, and before
I even had the chance to really dig in and read the entire novel I was posting pictures of the very first page on my Facebook page. (This of course started a small riot in which I may or may not have been called Satan.) Why the first page exactly? Because it is easily the best first page I have ever read. Feel like being hooked on a book after only 28 lines? This is the book for you.
But does the rest of the book stack up to its impressive beginnings? Yes. A thousand times yes. And here’s why.
“Red Rising” is more than just a male dominated “Hunger Games” (if it were hopped up on caffeine pills and body shots.) It is the evolution of a Conqueror. It is the definition of what can happen when a character takes their pain and rage and morphs it into determination and purpose. It is brutal. Unforgiving. It laughs in the face of every angst driven dystopian novel on the market. It introduces you to pure, unmanufactured evil. It makes you question Brown’s perception of humanity.
Every character is immaculately built. There is NO second guessing, the picture is crystal clear. Physicality. Emotionality. Vulnerability. They are all spelled out for you in incredible descriptive passages like this one:
The plot flows like water, quick and clear. There is no stone left unturned. No thought unexplored. It is one perfectly penned thought. And before you know it 382 pages have come and gone in a matter of hours.
Though it may appear to you that I’m able to express my thoughts on paper, I assure you I am not. The paragraphs before are just pebbles in a bucket.
THIS is the book I have been waiting for. A book that makes my head feel as if it’s going to explode. A book that makes me gasp and cringe and shake my fist in the air like a mad woman. A book that doesn’t back down. Takes chances. Charges the gates of conformity. If I could grant it more than 5 stars I would.
It is only the first in a series, but it’s a series that is going to make waves. Big, relentless typhoon waves.
Grab a copy, and then come back and chat with me about it.
Happy Reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: “Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.” – Red Rising
Release date 1/28/14