It’s time for another recommendation post! Though I’m not sure how many people haven’t read either of these. They’re quite popular and I felt like I was the last one in the world to read Red Rising! These two aren’t entirely the same, but there are enough similarities to them that I know that if you read and enjoyed one, you’ll enjoy the other! So let’s get to it!
THE HUNGER GAMES BY SUZANNE COLLINS
First we have The Hunger Games. This one is wildly popular, either because of the books or the movies. There’s some controversy over the adaptation, but I personally love them! The series though – it stole my heart! I read it 8 years ago now. I had surgery where I couldn’t move or lift anything for a week, so I sat in bed and read the entire trilogy in 2 days. It was amazing! I threw myself into the world and didn’t come up for air. I loved the world, the struggles, the uprising, the politics – all of it!
RED RISING BY PIERCE BROWN
Next we have Red Rising, which I only just finished at the end of April, and I was so mad at myself for not reading it sooner! It was a bit of a slow start for me. I wasn’t completely invested in the characters or the story, and it was very predictable to start. But once things got going, I just couldn’t stop! Same thing as The Hunger Games, the politics and the struggles pulled me in. There was a large cast of characters but I found myself so attached to them all! I can’t wait to continue with this series!! You can find my full review here!
HERE’S WHAT THE TWO BOOKS HAVE IN COMMON:
- Separation of the classes of society – In the Hunger Games we have the numbered districts and the Capital. The Capital is the highest and the rulers of society. Then, we have districts 1 to 12, with the rank lowering as the numbers grow. In Red Rising, it’s a colour based system. The Golds are the highest, and the Reds are the lowest. There are many other colours in-between. Another similarity with this system is that the lowest in each (district 12 and the Reds) are the miners. It’s a dangerous job where there are many deaths, so they leave it to the lowest of society.
- A realization of mistreatment that sparks action/uprising – In both of these books, the lower classes realize that they’re being mistreated and want to take action. They’re tired of being forced to work themselves to death and starving. Action begins to take place to level the playing field for themselves. There’s danger, but they’re willing to risk it for a better life.
- Survival in a game type situation – Though these games aren’t the same, our characters are placed into a game/challenge situation where they need to fight and survive to win. When they win, they’re given the chance to better themselves individually in their class.
- Brutality – Both of these books could be quite graphic and brutal – Red Rising was more so. Due to the premise of the books, there’s a lot of physical fighting. There were also awful descriptions of how the lower classes lived and were treated.
I absolutely flew through both of these books. The writing was fantastic and they both put me into an uncomfortable world that was still somehow filled with hope. I know for a fact that if you liked one of these then you’ll like the other!
Until next time, happy reading!