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Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Cover Artist: Sail, uselessarm.com
Review by Drew Bittner
Del Rey Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345539786
Date: 28 January 2014 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Darrow is a Helldiver, one of the rare few who manage the drills that mine precious helium-3 for the Mars terraforming effort. He is also a Red, one of the lowest of the Colored castes of humanity; he will lead a hard, short life toiling in the depths of the red planet, while the ruling Golds and other Colors await the habitability of Mars.

Then one day, Darrow realizes his entire life--that of all Reds everywhere--has been built upon a cruel lie, one that has cost him dearly. And he will not rest until he gets justice.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity 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 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. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies ... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

(Source: Del Rey)

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