Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he digs all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of the planet livable for future generations. Darrow has never seen the sky.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better future for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow joins a resistance group in order to infiltrate the ruling class and destroy society from within. He will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
I don’t read a lot of so called “young-adult” novels, mainly because I’m, well, a romance blogger, and by golly I like romance in the books that I read. When I saw this on Netgalley, though, something about it really appealed to me. Once I started reading, though, I was completely entranced. Not only were the characters extremely well written, but the entire concept simply blew me away.
I loved the fact that though the protagonist is a male, and a rather young one at that, his maturity and emotional realism that bled onto the pages. More than that though, I really appreciated the fact that there are several very strong female characters.
It was easy to care deeply for the characters, and many turns of events were genuinely shocking to read.
I’m not certain that this can be considered a spoiler, since it occurs very early on, but
I was a little meh about the personifications of the Olympic gods, but in the end I think it was the right choice by the author, as it helped to show just how careless and cruel the leaders of this society could be.
In the end, I bloodydamn loved it, and can’t wait for the next installment.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars