Red Rising – 3 stars
An alien society on Mars ruled by the color of people. High society, slaves, total power-pollution. And there is our hero who has finally had it with it and leading a revolution secretly.
So, what just happened here? This book is supposed to be a new age prodigy of young adult science fiction. But somehow it didn’t work. Where was the spark? Never felt any urge to flip the pages. I am totally confused!
Our hero Darrow is soooo cold (not cool; Cold)! His emotions are deadpan and blunt. He says he is crying – I never feel the pain. He is frustrated – I am with him. The story is better than the characters and as a debut novel this is really applauding. But the racialism, the master-slave set, the rise of a hero with personal vengeance – feel somehow very familiar at times. Sometimes it is too cinematic, sometimes it is too blunt. Maybe I feel this much letdown because I expected too much seeing the 4.19/5 stars from more than 35k ratings on this in Goodreads.
On a whole it was a good read. But was not overwhelming.
The Mark – 3.5 stars
Buying a book just because it is cheap due to some offer was a huge gamble for me but the good news is I won!
It was a huge surprise when the book turned out to be a smooth crime thriller as promised in its catchy premise – “Right as I’m about to die, I realize all the myths are fake. There’s no white light at the end of a tunnel. My life isn’t flashing before my eyes”!
Henry Parker is a newbie journalist waiting for a snoop to catch. One night he tries to help a man form being physically abused and -poof- he becomes a snoop with the Police and killers on his heels with zero idea of what is happening.
Mentioning anything more than that might spoil parts of the story. SO all I am gonna squeak is that this is no historical or mythical or sci-fi or fantasy thriller. It is a plain hardcore good guys-bad guys thriller set in urban city with us, the people. Without any all-knowing or action-crazy hero Jason Pinter has written a gripping book.
You may not be toppled down or marked forever(pun intended) with The Mark but it is a sweet thriller which will keep you guessing!