On the Brave New World of Mars, humanity is segregated into genetically engineered castes, each a different color. Beneath the surface of this inhospitable Dune like world lives Darrow, a young miner. The Helium-3 must flow. But rebellion is afoot, and Darrow undergoes operation Gattaca to transform his lowly Red body into that of a Gold. Then it’s off to the Institute, where he competes in the Hunger Games to crown the next Ender. Soon he’s caught up in a Game of Thrones as the great houses vie for power. Along the way he makes some quirky friends, all the while remembering his dead Braveheart wife.
It’s all very familiar, but it’s blended together nicely. Like all your favorite flavors rolled together into a burrito. High praise, right? The writing isn’t inventive or challenging, but it’s smooth and entertaining. I think the book qualifies as young adult, but it seems to aim a little older. More emphasis on adult than young.
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