Book Review: Red Rising

Title:  Red Rising

Author: Pierce Brown

Series:  Yes, 1 of 3

Ratings:  My heart says 5! My brain says 3!

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The review format is going to be a bit different for this post.  I’m experimenting on what to do when I feel so conflicted about a book.

I read Red Rising by Pierce Brown earlier on in the week and it’s pretty much consumed my brain.  As we speak, I still have 50% of Golden Son left to devour, but I am a tiny bit hesitant to finish it off, as it’s a cruel 5 months wait until Morning Sun comes out!

Anyway, I can’t give a rating for this book, my heart says ALL OF THE STARS but my brain says 3.  I am aware there are some issues with the series, issues that makes my book-loyalty divided when I think of them, I’ll include my thoughts on those at the bottom of the post. But first I just want to tell you 5 reasons why you need to read it ASAP!


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1.  Strong Worldbuilding

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“Men are not created equal; we all know this. There are averages. There are outliers. There are the ugly. There are the beautiful. This would not be if we were all equal. A Red can no more command a starship than a Green can serve as a doctor!”

We have a mix of scifi and dystopia here:  Space, a government that spans the solar system, castes.  Yes, I know, caste system isn’t a novel idea – people at the top will always try to make deify themselves. The one in Red Rising at least makes sense: it works seamlessly in the Gold’s favour.  One of the key to a great leadership is to delegate all of the shitty tasks and to make your underlings believe they are working towards a better world:  their toils are all for Society, for mankind.  Whether it’s the Blues who are genetically modified to control spaceships, to the Pinks who are specifically designed to grant sexual pleasure: everyone believes that their purpose is to serve: a cog in the wheel.  It’s the perfect lie, the slaves do not realise they are enslaved, and the foundation of this lie is built on the unwitting sacrifice of the Reds.  The Reds, a caste of miners who still believes after almost a millenia that they are the pioneers: the first ones on Mars.  They have faith that by doing dangerous work, they’re paving the way for a new generation – little do they know that they have no future.

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Book Review: The Girl at Midnight

The Girl at Midnight, Melissa Grey

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Title:  The Girl at Midnight

Author: Melissa Gray

Rating: 3/5 stars

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I came for the pretty cover.  I kept reading due to the interesting premise. I was ultimately disappointed as overall, the book was quite forgettable.

The plot centres around the conflict between the Avicen (a race of birdlike people) and Drakharin (a dragon-like warrior race). These two ancient races have been bitter enemies for centuries, with no end to their war in sight. The fabled Firebird is a creature that once found, will resolve their struggle for good.  Echo is a teenage pickpocket who has been raised by the Avicen, through fate she finds the map to the mythical Firebird.

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Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

I’m beginning to get back into book readings, and this is a blog to keep track of it.  This is the first title I’ve picked up this month. All my reviews will be littered with spoilers!

Book Review, Read at Midnight

Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn, Fantasy

Title:  The Wrath and the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Rating: 3.5/5

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If there’s one story I can’t get enough retellings of, it’s 1001 nights. The tale has captured my imagination ever since my first encounter with the story: a manga I read when I was about 6 years old, like the Sultan, I was entranced with Scheherazade and her stories.  In high school, I read a manwha adaptation of the story which I also adored despite its faults.  However, my favourite reincarnation of the story belongs to Catherynne Valente’s Orphan’s Tale Duology (which I highly recommend to all those who haven’t read it: lyrical prose, strong feminist flair, and a masterfully woven narrative).Thus I approached The Wrath and the Dawn with some trepidations, as I had such high hopes just based on the source material.

This book follows Shahrzad, who volunteered as tribute to be the Caliph’s bride despite knowing that he executes his new wife every dawn. Why? She wants revenge for her best friend, Shiva, who died at the Caliph’s hand a while back. However, her quest for vengeance brings her closer to the Caliph than she could ever imagine, childhood love be damned. Continue reading “Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn”