If you're on the hunt for a new book series to get lost in, stop everything and pick up Red Rising by L.A.-based author Pierce Brown.
The first of at least five books in the saga, which also includes a graphic novel prequel, the twisty swashbuckling adventure story mixes elements of Lord of the Flies and Game of Thrones with compelling characters and relentlessly stylish action sequences that will keep you turning the page late into the night. At its heart, it's a deep undercover story with military and political elements in a futuristic setting. But it's also convincingly romantic with carefully constructed characters and thoughtful world building.
Here's the official description:
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and lush wilds spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies ...even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
If this sounds like your jam, head here to pick up a copy and give it a go.