This book was really good. The captivity factor was great! I didn’t want to put it down. I was a bit disappointed by the story, however. I wish we would have been given more of the Reds’ world and their lives before Darrow left.
The Institution’s main test in this book reminded me very much of The Hunger Games. Of course, it’s not the same, but it definitely had that same feel and again they have kids killing kids.
Darrow is quite the badass once he really decides to go with the plan. He kicks butt while trying not to be like all the other golds. He’s not perfect and he does make mistakes, but he tries and his heart is in the right place.
I loved Eo immediately! I wish her part in the book would have been bigger.
Overall, this was a good read. I’m looking forward to continuing the series.
Best Aspect: Captivity/Characters/Writing
Worst Aspect: Romance
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About the book
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 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 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.