Publisher Description: The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope. Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Review: Love the cover art.
This novel was pure awesomeness. Darrow is a Low Red (lowest Class) and perform most of the work that supports society. Society is made up of super enhanced humans with a Caligula/Caesar type bent, where power supersedes everything, including love. This novel had it all. Martyrs, psychopaths, hi-tech, low-tech, great movement, fantastic character development and a plot that I hope continues in subsequent novels. Some reviewers call this a dystopian society or an “anti-utopian” society. I think that depends on your perspective. If your anything but a “Red” life aint too shabby.
As with most reviews on well written works, there is not a lot to say. This novel was entrancing and gets my highest rating to date. I look forward to this authors burgeoning world.