Iron Gold

Del Rey: Ballantine. (Red Rising, Bk. 4). Jan. 2018. 624p. ISBN 9780425285916. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780425285923. SF
It has been ten years since the Rising took down the Society. Even with the new Solar Republic led by Darrow and Mustang, strife continues to mar the peace Darrow tried to establish. While the Republic holds a tenuous balance of power against the remaining Golds, who strive to maintain their color-coded caste system, trouble brews beyond the asteroid belt. Newly freed Reds now living in refugee camps discover that freedom does not mean the end of their struggle. Still with his mentor Cassius, Lysander au Lune, the exiled heir to the sovereign, reaches a crossroads that could determine how much of the past will determine the future.
VERDICT This fourth series entry (after Morning Star) launches a new trilogy, incorporating a fresh cast of characters along with several familiar ones. The gritty action and emotional punches will thrill fans eagerly awaiting more from Brown. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/17.]
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