Book to Watch: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Released January 28, 2014
So…I love NetGalley 🙂 Being one of the privileged firsts to read a highly anticipated novel? Heck yeah. Sign me up.
And Red Rising, by author Pierce Brown, did not disappoint.
Here’s the blurb:
The war begins…

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable – and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield. And Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda…

I’m struggling with what else to say (rare, I know) because I don’t want to ruin anything. *I hate spoilers* I can let you know that this was me after chapters 5&6:
I can also tell you that Brown takes the novel in a direction I did not expect after said heart-destroying chapters. And that the world building is INSANE. 
I’ll also be honest and tell you that I totally googled the author because I had to see who wrote this book. This is Pierce Brown:
This was me after googling said image:
He’s A BABY!
How did all of this come out of such a young brain???
Needless to say, I was impressed and recommend this book. 
What others are saying and where to buy:
“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.”
—Scott Sigler
“Fast-paced, gripping, well-written — the sort of book you cannot put down.  I am already on the lookout for the next one.”
—Terry Brooks
“Reminiscent of both Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies but has a dark and twisted power of its own that will captivate readers and leave them wanting more.”
Library Journal, Starred Review

“Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers.”
The Huffington Post
“Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining…a must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics.”
—Examiner.com