Sunday, 13 December 2015

Red Rising: Reborn - What is Re-Invention?

As part of the #ReadRedRising December read-a-long, I have wrote a small piece on my thoughts on re-invention and being reborn in relation to that particular section in the book. Have fun reading folks.

In the second section of red rising, Darrow goes through what I would call an extreme transformation. He pays the ultimate sacrifice of his own identity in order to further the cause of the rebels who seek to create a better world. In this particular section of the book, we witness our main character Darrow go through not only a physical transformation but a mental one as well. He becomes stronger, more powerful and it would seem he loses himself in regard to his personality and beliefs. He does have the ultimate goal in the back of his mind, but from the perspective of the reader who hasn’t finished the book yet it would seem that maybe he loses sight of who he really is.

When we talk about being reborn, it is almost as if we are trying to say that we are starting a new chapter in our lives. Some people don’t see it as a new chapter, some people are more inclined to consider their change a new book, a brand-new beginning where everything that came before is snuffed out and acted like it never really existed. There isn’t a single person on this earth that can say that they haven’t ever had some form of identity crisis, the matter how big or how insignificant the issues have appeared.

When you look deeper into this idea of being reborn, or the idea of reinvention. It is something most of us do on a daily basis, whether it’s a new outfit or new way to style our hair. We are always seeking to change and improve some part of ourselves that we consistently display unhappiness for. So when does this idea of reinvention actually stop? 

It would seem in red rising, that the reason for this complete change of identity is the result of the wishes of a loved one who is no longer here. With the focus being on who the fight is for, could it be that the sense of oneself has been lost and forgotten due to the excessive nature in which the fight for freedom has taken over one’s mind? This is when it is clear that Darrow’s transformation has gone from being simply an idea to becoming a complete manifestation and creation of a new identity related to hating the people that he is now somehow become.

As mentioned earlier, I have yet to complete Red Rising and I am looking forward to seeing if my theories and ideas are correct or just the deep musings of a reader who likes to get overly involved in the story.

So far I am enjoying this book and am looking forward to seeing how this first one ends. Don’t forget to join me and the rest of us who are reading red rising by announcing it on Twitter by using #ReadRedRising