I quite enjoyed this book. The beginning of the book had me leery and questioning whether I would like this book. The Academy was by far the best part of the book for me. It truly showed how even the more privileged have their own unfathomable hardships. Darrow, the main character, guides the reader through the underground world of the Reds on Mars. As he infiltrates the Golds, he learns of his misconceptions, and without wanting or realizing it, he gains some empathy for them. The Golds are not supposed to be likable in any way when we meet them, however, just like Darrow, our perspective changes.
I loved being in Darrow's head while he discovered what it took to be a good leader who had loyal followers. His failures showed us that no one is born a leader, that leaders are nurtured.
This was a great book, and I cannot wait to read Golden Son. Pierce Brown is an incredibly skilled writer and storyteller. If you haven't read this book yet, I highly recommend it!