Red Rising - Pierce Brown

Red Rising

By Pierce Brown

  • Release Date: 2014-01-28
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pierce Brown’s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. 

Red Rising ascends above a crowded dys­topian field.”—USA Today


“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”
“I live for you,” I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

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 toils willingly, trusting 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.

Praise for Red Rising

“[A] spectacular adventure . . . one heart-pounding ride . . . Pierce Brown’s dizzyingly good debut novel evokes The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, and Ender’s Game. . . . [Red Rising] has everything it needs to become meteoric.”Entertainment Weekly

“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.”—Scott Sigler

Red Rising is a sophisticated vision. . . . Brown will find a devoted audience.”Richmond Times-Dispatch

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  • Wow

    By Felbzz
    Wow. Grips and pulls you. Absolutely phenomenal.
  • Amazing

    By Yokes33
    This is my first time reading a sci-fi fantasy book. It’ll definitely be hard to top it. I’m a huge fan and highly recommend this series!
  • Wow

    By nobleconquest
    Wow wow wow. My emotions are troubled. I’m left in deep thought after finishing this book and yearn for more
  • Sooo goooood

    By jross4521
    These books are Hunger Games meets Star Wars meets so many other great epic fantasy novels...and in all the right ways. They are interesting and exciting from the first page to the last. Highly recommend!!!
  • Red Rising Trilogy

    By Shiggityshoogaty
    The books are not only an awesome concept about a dystopian future, but the main character goes through epic changes of ego and Id, he actually confronts his mistakes, learns from them, and this alters his choices in the future. This book was suggested to me by an editor I was serving drinks to. Once I started it I couldn’t set it down until 3 in the morning when I finished it. It’s concepts aren’t holier than though convoluted ideas that people need a PHD to understand, it’s simplistic in that it deals with base emotions and choices that are universal when it comes to people. I blasted through the trilogy in about 4 days and even though there are a couple moments that break the immersion, overall it’s a fantastic serious for someone who enjoys science fiction. I recommend.
  • Excellent, despite typos.

    By BluesHarpist
    My rating system: 5 stars are reserved for books that totally blow me away. I don’t give too many of these out, since it is almost like giving the book a 100%. It is nearly impossible to write a truly perfect book. 4 stars for books that I would recommend to just about anyone, or, at least, to someone who doesn’t dislike the genre. 3 stars for books that I would only recommend to someone with a strong interest in the particular genre. 2 stars for books that I would be hesitant to recommend to anyone at all, but the book was not a total disaster. 1 star for books that were so terrible or ridiculous for me that I wish I had not wasted time on reading it to begin with.
  • Amazing series

    By LilMoist
    I’ve read all the books so far and all i can say is that I’ve never been more interested in a book series in my life. The first book is a little confusing at first but so take this one a little slowly and don’t skim through or the whole series will make no sense. After you get a feel for the plot of the book you’ll see how everything goes down. I’m a high schooler who never really reads books that much and my teacher recommended this to me and I read the first 3 books in a week. The more recent ones, Dark Age and Iron Gold are slightly different as they are shown from multiple different perspectives. Anyone that enjoys a good fight scene will love this book. Darrow is my favorite character in a book
  • A Absolute Rollercoaster

    By Griffin P
    From start to finish I could not put this book down. I did not know what to expect before reading but I can say with certainty that this is the best book I’ve read in years. The back of the book mentioned that inspiration was drawn from the Hunger Games series and Game of Thrones. In my opinion the best of both series came together forming the best possible combination. I will recommend this book to anyone who loves a good book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
  • Amazing series

    I had heard mixed reviews about this book before deciding to give it a go. Kicking myself that I waited so long. I absolutely loved the premise of this series and it gave me goosebumps numerous times. Definitely worth picking up
  • Addictice

    By SJB!!!!
    Every bad review that I’ve seen for this book complains about the ‘language and writing choice’ of Pierce Brown. It is different and takes some adjusting to. But (without going into details), isn’t that what this book is about? The lingo is necessary in order to appreciate that this world does not take place in the same century as us. The book was incredible, a Hunger-Game-like feel with a lot more purposeful action. An easy 5-stars.