I had heard of “Red Rising” from a few different angles–a life-long friend, a sneak peak at the end of an audiobook (I think it was one of the Shattered Sea books)–and when you hear the elevator pitch, it really just doesn’t do the book justice. The pitch: in the distant future, society is broken down into a color-coded caste system. The Golds rule, all the other colors are slaves with designated tasks. A Red named Darrow–red being the lowliest of colors–rises from his mining colony on Mars to embark on a rebellion. Sounds so boilerplate, and basic … and then I read the book, and holy shit, it’s awesome. It’s much better than it sounds.