“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.”—Scott Sigler
Confession: I forget the names of most characters as soon as I finish the book. The exceptions happen to be characters that changed my life in some deeply personal way… like Ender and Katniss.
How could anyone possibly live up to the genius of two of my favorite literary heroes?
I’m not going to say Darrow is joining Katniss and Ender on my literary pedestal but this guy is something special.
Darrow and his family have been working themselves to death to prepare Mars for colonization. The food they receive is never really enough to fill their bellies. The work they do is hard and rarely rewarding. Life is harsh for a Red and the government likes it that way.
Following the tragic death of a beautiful young girl Darrow commits an act of rebellion and that is where the story really took off for me. The entire scale and scope of the story shifts as life as he knew it ends and something completely unexpected begins.
I am surprised to admit that Darrow very well could turn out to be the next best thing to hit the YA shelves since Katniss Everdeen.
The themes in this story are big, important and really relevant to modern society. The characters are memorable, well developed and engaging.
I love it.