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Summary

Earth is dying. Thousands of workers, who live in the vast caves beneath Mars, mine the precious elements that will make the planet habitable. They are Earth’s only hope. Until the day Darrow learns that it’s a lie. Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. But the surface is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only one with an agenda.

©2013 Pierce Brown (P)2014 Recorded Books LLC

Critic reviews

"Ender's Game meets The Hunger Games in the first in an extraordinary trilogy from an incredible new voice in science-fiction and fantasy"
"The writing is excellent and the story is better. This is one terrific fantasy book, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone." Terry Brooks, author of The Sword of Shannara
"The heart-stopping excitement of the Hunger Games meets the pulse-pounding majesty and complexity of Game of Thrones, all wrapped up in the visionary beauty and melancholy of Blade Runner... A shot of adrenalin for your imagination." ( Star Magazine)

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Not for everyone

I can see why this book is popular however it's not for everyone. It starts quite interesting however, it just goes on to be a very long type war a bit like hunger games when they are in the arena. There is a lot of strategies and smart moves to get to the top. I started to get quite bored. It would be good for someone who likes books about wars. There are lots of characters it's hard to remember who is who.

(spoilers but you find out early on in the book) The book is set in the future where everyone lives on different planets like mars and pluto and there are people in charge called golds and all the other 'colours' serves them. Reds are at the bottom our hero is a red and he finds out he is a slave to the golds so he wants to get revenge and let everyone else know. So he infiltrants the golds to try and get to the top because that's the only way he can stop the golds.

I haven't yet finished the book but I feel it is dragging on at the moment and it needs to move on from the type war thats happening and move on to more exciting things. The idea of the book is very interesting but it needs to escalate faster than it does.

59 of 71 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

excellent story, read really well and couldn't stop listening. A must listen if you like hunger games you'll love this.

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excellent stuff,

Rattles along at a good lick, solid characters with well defined motivations and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Drags a touch at the end of the second act but comes back fighting at the end.

all the joy of the YA genre, but with none of the glittery love interest and paper-thin annoying male characters. plenty of claret splattering around too. imagine jennings goes up pompei and captures Lord Stark and Snape.

off to buy the next book now.

gory damn good.

14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Incredible story, gripped me straight to the end

What to say... I haven't felt this gripped by a book in ages. And it's not just raw excitement, it's the incredible world the author manages to establish, and the deeply complex characters.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Tri force podcast!

I heard about this book from the yogscast and fell in love with it! Going to listen to the other 2 very soon! I can't get enough! Very well done!

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Great story, and well read.

Readers accent is perfect for story. Hard to put this one down. I highly recommend it.

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Exciting stuff

In a world were everyone is segregated by colour into castes, our hero Darrow is a red which is the lowest caste. Among his people he's famous for being the youngest ever helldiver, a dangerous and important job in the mining community. The society is very strict and deviation from the rules usually is punished by death. Life for reds is hard, they die young and don't get enough food or medicine. When Darrow's young wife Eo is hung for singing a freedom song , he is set on a path that eventually leads to him becoming a leader of a revolution. There are many strong characters,my favourite is Sevro who is completely wild but totally loyal. In this first book we see Darrow grow into his role and come to terms with the task ahead of him. I've read the whole trilogy and highly recommended it if you like fast paced action,lots of battles but not much romance.

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Thoroughly enjoyable, dystopian novel with many a

Thoroughly enjoyable, dystopian novel with many a twist, yes it has overtones of the hunger games, if you can get past that then you should give it a go.

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Utterly Unoriginal and Poorly Written

Oh I do hate giving bad reviews, especially books that have so much potential!

I chose this book after hearing so many glowing recommendations from a number of sources. I've wanted to get stuck into a good Sci-Fi novel for a while. I thought this would be perfect.
Unfortunately it was such a disappointment I couldn't bare to finish the book. I read to half way and couldn't carry on.

My main two main issues with the book were the way it was written and the continuing feeling of unoriginality.
It felt very transparent, nothing was a mystery or if they tried to veil something in mystery is was flat and made no sense. Worse still was it would tell you the answer in the next sentence! While listening it felt very "and then we did this, and then we did that... and then...and then" it just plodded telling you everything and showing you nothing.

The story, when reading, felt wildly unoriginal! When listening I continually was able to guess what character would say or do next because it was very similar to plot points in The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, and Harry Potter. It was just a mishmash of boring reruns of stories that were told in much better ways.

This book I would not class as contemporary Sci-Fi. I would certainly consider it to be a YA Sci-Fi as there are so many angsty, stroppy, brooding, and hollow characters.

I can see why many may have enjoyed this book, especially if you loved other YA novels involving war/battles/dystopian futures like the ones mentioned previously (Harry Potter not included) but I certainly didn't.

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brilliant

gripping and interesting with a great performance throughout, instantly getting the next book. thanks tri-force podcast for telling me about it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful