Red Rising (2018 Nutmeg High School Nominee)

Red Rising--by Pierce Brown Darrow, a sixteen-year-old in humanity’s Red caste, willingly spends his days in the mines of Mars, certain that his work is necessary to terraform the planet’s surface. After being caught in a forbidden area, however, his life is torn apart, and he discovers the truth about the caste system he was forced into: the planet’s surface was terraformed long ago, and the Red caste is nothing more than slave labor for the others inhabiting the surface.