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Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on April 18, 2014
Red Rising got really great reviews so I didn't hesitate to buy it. Two chapters in, I realized I may have made a mistake. First of all, there is a hell of a lot of information about this world dumped on us in the first few chapters. I could barely remember half of it and was confused. There were times when the story pulled me in...but then I'd get pushed out again. I was very stubborn and continued to read it, but after I got three quarters of the way in, I just had to stop. It's all violence, violence, violence...and I didn't care enough about the characters or plot to find the gory action interesting, like I did in The Hunger Games and other series. I decided that if I wasn't interested three-quarters of the way in, it wasn't worth keeping. So I'm returning the book. I didn't enjoy it, but I can see why it would appeal to others. To me it was to much of a mixture between The Hunger Games and the Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini, but with way too much vulgar language and violence. A story like this would've been better on screen because it is visually stimulating, but in written form it is just confusing and muddled.