Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
Summary (from Goodreads): 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 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.
Review: OK. This book has a rating of 4.16 on Goodreads, and has been compared favorably to The Hunger Games, which means that there was a good chance I'd love it. But I found it bloodydamn boring, gory and unrealistic. The beginning was quite interesting - a civilization of slaves on Mars mining for the upper classes, but the catch is that they don't know they're slaves. There's a little romance, a very little character building, some drama, and then BAM. Off into crazy sci-fi land. Cursing? Way too much. Completely changing the main character's body, including skeleton, heart, muscles and all that? Too unrealistic, even for science fiction or dystopian fiction. The writing style? Not mine. Sentences? Too choppy. Reviewers seem to think that the middle and end are gripping and fantastic, but I just couldn't get that far into it.