Happy Fae Friday all! Today is going to be exceptionally hot in Virginia, so after writing this post I’m going to read and stay inside all day. Oh how I will miss AC when I go back to the Netherlands… Anyway, Fae Friday time.
Fae Friday is a weekly tag hosted by Caffeinated Fae. You can find all the prompts on her blog! The fourth of July is a celebration about freedom, but we all know freedom doesn’t come without war or rebellion. And lots of struggle. So the question today is: what is your favorite book that shows rebellion and war to make a better future?
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This was the first book/series that came to mind when I saw today’s prompt. The Red Rising trilogy has become one of my favorites ever, even though it completely shattered my heart a couple of times. So far I’ve only read the first three books; the original trilogy, but I hope to read the next books soon. I’m just not ready yet for the emotions…
The reason I like this particular series is because it’s really good at showing how a rebellion works. I always think that adult books are a little bit more adept at displaying rebellion and the costs of war. Probably because adult books don’t really need a “teen filter.” It can be however bloody the author wants it to be. And Red Rising is very bloody.
I don’t want to give too much away about the books, but I can say that these books really go into the ethics of war and rebellion. War is never straight forward, and even if a rebellion succeeds, it isn’t immediately kittens and roses either. Also, the friendships and bonds displayed in this book are phenomenal.
By Pierce BrownPublished 28 January 2014 by Del Rey
science fiction | war | class struggle
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.