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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
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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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By ellie illing on 08-30-16

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.

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By Amazon Customer on 11-18-16

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.

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By Tim on 01-20-17

Not a YA novel

I had initial hesitations on getting this despite the reviews as it looked like a YA novel like the Hunger Games. After a couple of hours in I wasn't convinced; I'm not a fan of first person narration and I wasn't sold on the narrator as well. I am very glad I pushed through because the story ramps up considerably and the narrator really grew on me. I think the writing and the narration were excellent and the story deals with adult themes and does not pander to the listener. Definitely worth a listen, stick out the first five hours before making up your mind.

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By James on 12-10-16

Absolutely outstanding

Upon reading about this book, I was admittedly apprehensive about the story's young protagonist.

But, as I came to learn, this book treats the young as tragic figures, teenage men and women moulded into inhuman monsters by the brutal culture they grow up in.

Some people may compare this story to the now-famous Hunger Games, but this is far superior by my reckoning. Where The Hunger Games had love triangles, this story has betrayal and deceit. Where there were stereotypes, there are deep and compelling characters- good and bad- that become truly terrifying when you find yourself understanding the perspectives of monsters.

This book takes mankind's innate savagery and showcases it in a civilisation that is far beyond our own, technologically speaking, proving that while we may reach other planets, we will never depart from the survival instincts that enabled us to become our planet's apex predator.

I would hesitate to label this book as dystopian, sci-fi or something similar, despite the accuracy. This is the story of a bloody, horrifying revolution, where black and white moral grounds are espoused by the grey.

This is, simply put, a great story.

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