Brown succeeds in creating an intriguing world in a unique setting, which will hopefully be further explored in the sequels. However, with an uneven plot, confusing terminology and repetitive action, Red Rising falls surprisingly flat in its delivery. Though the plot wanders in various directions and steps too far into Hunger Games territory, clever twists and revelations will surprise readers and help keep them engaged. Overall, though, the book is overly ambitious and may be too unfocused for some readers.

Set in a dystopian world on Mars, Red Rising tells the harrowing and violent tale of sixteen-year-old  Darrow, a low-class citizen who joins a gang of rebels to take down his society’s overly powerful oppressors. After being admitted into the prestigious command school, Darrow must wage war in order to succeed. But will he lose his sense of humanity and purpose along the way? (DEL REY, Jan., 400 pp., $25.00)

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DJ DeSmyter