After the brutality of the training camp of the first book, Darrow now finds himself part of the ArchGovernor of Mars’ House Augustus, sent to military academy with one aim – to win.
All seems to be going to plan with victory following victory against his fellow pupils, until the sudden destruction of his flagship and the loss of over 800 crew. Darrow finds himself outcast from his adopted house, and put up for sale to the highest bidder by his patron.
The political intrigue that the first book introduced builds in Brown’s second book in his Red Rising trilogy. Alliances are made and burnt with dizzying speed, while Darrow fights to regain his position within the House Augustus so that he can continue his hidden campaign to destroy the Gold empire and free the other colours from their slavery and servitude.
This really is a book with many facets – part political thriller, part sci-fi/fantasy space opera, it’s easy to see this epic trilogy as the successor to the Hunger Games.