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Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown Book Summary

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

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—Entertainment Weekly, BuzzFeed, Shelf Awareness

“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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Book Name Red Rising
Genre Adventure
Language English
E-Book Size 8.23 MB

Red Rising (Pierce Brown) Book Reviews 2024

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WOW. If the Hunger Games were a Gold, they’d be Red Rising. This book was fast paced, thrilling, tear jerking, smart, surprising, and gripping. I’d read it again right now if it wasn’t a series.

Great book. Couldn’t stop reading it ! 10/10

Very cool story. So much fun to get involved with this wonderful tale. This will keep you awake at night! Instead of binge watching you will be binge reading!

Perfect. Stunning. Immortal. Absolutely breathtaking book. The story. The people. The place. The ideas. It makes you want to change the world.

Outstanding. This futuristic space odyssey is one for the ages. Power, control, deception, revenge, death, redemption, love...a tale as old as time anchored to the ancient gods and man’s new home amongst the planets in our solar system. I just finished the trilogy and am now moving to Iron Gold. I highly recommend!

Great opening chapters. First arc is great, the middle-end drags and the writing kinda goes downhill

Starts off great and then... hunger games!. The beginning and the setup to the tests was entertaining. The storyline fell off when it felt like I was reliving hunger games. Can’t believe more than half this book was about the test. Literally could have been maybe 10 chapters shorter by trimming the useless game.

Bait and switch. Disappointing. The story is supposed to be sci-fi about a mining colony on Mars, but 1/3 into the book, it becomes a medieval fantasy game with armor and swords, castles, etc. Bizarre switch. Sort of a Hunger Games ripoff with gaming elements.

Incredible. This book is one of my favorites, the entire series is phenomenal. Read it.

Awesome!!. Fantastic!!!!! Absolutely loved this book. Can’t wait to read the rest!

Everything about this series is great. Just read it you Pixie

A thrilling read. It’s a great read! The writing style is a little choppy and may not suite the taste of those who prefer more flowy prose, but I think it falls in line with the characters and the world. The plot moves along quickly and the characters are easy to get to know, though the main characters motivations could be more fleshed out. The book also has some weird, alpha male undertones that kind of threw me off, but given the overall “world” of the story, seemed to fit. Overall, it was a great read that I devoured in less than 24hrs.

What a start to a series…. 5/5… read this book….

Is that Wiggins in the woods?. This books is incredible. I could put it down and am not sorry that I didn’t. If you like Ender’s Game you’ll like this. Lessons learned in a controlled environment, when control is taken away!

Couldn’t put it down. Kept me deep in the plot every time. Loved the themes and characters. 10/10

🤯😱🫠💥. This entire book felt like the last 100 pages of any other book. Great.

Phenomenal Introduction!. Wow - I bought this on a whim after reading the iBook sample at the airport. Immediately the story hooked, and I had to keep reading. Easily one of the best sci-fi reads I’ve had in recent years, matched maybe only by the Expanse. Super excited to continue this series.

Stupendous. Part of me thought it would mimic other similar books (Hunger Games) but in my opinion it surpasses them. There were so many seasons I reread just to revel in the moment. Excellent book.

Rage on. Slow start of a book. Nearly gave up but suddenly it all comes alive. Once this story hits its stride you don’t want to put it down. Can’t wait to to start book two, sleep is over rated.

Obsessed. Hands down the best series I’ve ever read

Must read!. AMAZING!!

The best,honestly. Don’t even hesitate, read it!! You can see such awesome character developments, you can feel it. It honestly felt like I was living it.

What A Ride. I really enjoyed the story that the author created here. Gave real stake to a small event within a galactic story. This book feels so familiar with pieces of many famous stories. A tire popcorn book, so enjoyable, action packed, unique first person perspective. Can’t wait to continue the journey

Heck yeah. This book is every bit as good as my friends said. The level of strategy reminds me of Ender’s Game. If you liked that book, you will like this too. Really well-written.

Fantastic. I love this book

Incredible book!!!. This is a really good book I absolutely fell in live with it! I was a little worried for a second that it would be a hunger games rip off! But absolutely not! It is really original and has great character development 10/10

Wow. I have heard about this series and never picked it up. Now I can’t put it down. Wonderful story.

Yahoo. Mamma Mia my balls

Good stuff 👍. A cruel masterpiece. Genuinely one of the most interesting, beautiful, and blood-thirsty things I have read.

Worth the hype!. All the book tubers hype this book up. Well after finishing it, I see why! Definitely became my favorite book. Can’t wait to start the second one!

Jaw Dropping. One of the most captivating, and awe inspiring books I’ve ever read! Truly magnificent.

“Pick a favorite book.” “One does not simply choose-“ “Red Rising”. I love to read. Ever since I’ve learned how, I’ve been burying my nose in every even halfway decent fantasy or sci-fi book I can find. And for the longest time, there were so many good books I had read that I could never really pick a favorite. There was also the problem of running out of good books to read. Then, by complete accident, I stumbled across the greatest bloodydamn masterpiece ever. I found Red Rising. This book has literally everything- insane character development, a massive, complex, believable world/empire, strategy, philosophy, several metric tons of action, horror, romance, economics/politics, psychology, and a gorydamn truck load of emotion. The first part of the book is slow, sure. And the writing style/lingo takes a little getting used to, but that’s part of what makes this series unique, and if you manage to adjust, incredible. I won’t spoil anything, but the general idea is the society is a color coded system that almost reminds me of communism- each color has a general job, browns are janitors, grays are soldiers, coppers are money grubbers (banks on steroids). Reds are the lowest of the low colors, the miners, and are little better than slaves. Golds are the elite ruling class- not only superior in the caste system, but also genetically the best, almost god-like. They’re supposed to be the best of humanity. Darrow is a red, a miner beneath the surface of Mars. He and his fellow reds live fast, and die young. They spend their days in complete poverty, mining helium-3 all day every day, believing their blood sweat and tears will build a better world for their children- the helium-3 they mine is to be used to terraform the surface of Mars. Darrow is content on his knees, oblivious to the reality of his world. It’s not in his nature to rebel. His father was executed for performing a forbidden dance. And when his wife learns the truth and sings a forbidden song, she’s executed as well (this is the slow part, but it’s important. Suffer through it). This is what finally leads Darrow to an act of rebellion, one that has him executed as well- but for Darrow, death doesn’t take. He’s recruited into a rebel group called the Sons of Ares, a small faction of rebel reds, branded as terrorists by the society. And it is there that Darrow is assigned the task of infiltrating the most elite of the elite- the peerless scarred, the political and military rulers among rulers, golds among golds. Red Rising is a story of rebellion, revolution, and war. No one is essentially the good guy, and no ones the bad guy. And sometimes, the main character is in the wrong and his enemies are in the right. Every single character in red rising is deeply flawed, but each one learns from their mistakes and evolves as the story progresses. They all have high and low points- some more pronounced than others- and this, combined with the highly detailed society they live in, makes the world of Red Rising feel real. The book is like a window into an alternate universe, a possible future. All the negative reviews have something to do with the writing, or the very adolescent view Darrow has. Well guess what, that’s the point. Darrow is sixteen. So stop complaining, slags. In books two and three, he’s older, and has matured. Remember what I said about flaws and character development? The other issue is the comparisons to Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. Elements of both are definitely there, but to say Red Rising is like either of them is like saying bananas and apples are similar because they both grow on trees. Not to mention, Red Rising is just as good, if not better. I could go on and on about Red Rising. I already kind of have. But all in all, anytime I hear someone likes to read, I tell them to read Red Rising. It’s my first recommendation/command to go read EVERY time because it’s just that good. I can not recommend this enough. Seriously, there’s no amount of words in this language, or really any language, that can convey the adequate level of GO READ THIS BOOK. Why are you still reading this review? You should be reading the book. GO READ THE BLOODYDAMN BOOK

Loved it. I first read this serries when i was around 14 and it got me hooked from chapter 1. Every minute of the day i had my nose in this book. My only regret is that ill never be able to read it for the first time again.

Awesome!!. Very well written and complex. Love how the plot feels like an elevated and enhanced dystopian YA novel but the writing style is anything but YA. Impossible to predict, thrilling, smart. Just what I was looking for.

Excellent book. Had not read a book in over 10 years, I was recommended Red Rising by a friend. I fell in love within 100 pages. It made me realize how much I had missed out on by not reading books. Darrow is one of the best characters in any show/book/story. Cannot wait to finish the trilogy.

Fantastic read!. Excellent, spellbinding, thought provoking.

This transformed me into a reader.. Amazing book. Need a live action film ASAP!

Bloody good. A good story with plenty of violence and death.

A Grittier Hunger Games. A grittier Hunger Games. A phenomenal opening to what I hope is one of my favorite series ever. But I give it 4 stars (would say 3.5 if possible) because the zigzagging plot twists give the novel a YA feel when it comes to pace. But from everything I’ve heard, the sequels only build on the obvious strengths of Red Rising as Pierce Brown’s writing continues to mature and evolve.

Page turner. Just when you think it’s going your way or how you want, the story takes a turn. I honestly don’t like the ending but will definitely be reading the second book faster than the first.

A good series opening.. Pierce Brown’s first novel is a solid start to an epic series. His use of dialogue builds tension with every line, and his description of pain and suffering will have you wincing for the protagonist more than once. It’s not all doom and gloom though! Mr. Brown does an excellent job of layering most scenes, no matter how dark, with a witty humor that is rarely seen in literature. A must read for fans of sci-fi/fantasy action/adventure novels.

2nd time reads even better. There are so many treats and surprises the second time through. Read it the first time; read it again—this is one of the Greats!

Amazing book. Great start to the series, would recommend to anyone!

Fast and deep. This was a rollercoaster of a read! Fast but deep with many twists and turns. Excellent visuals, strong character development, and tight writing. I will definitely be reading it again! But first off to book two!

Amazing story. I loved the arc from learning about what the colors represent to seeing our main character rise up the colors while learning about himself.

Excellent read. One of the best books I’ve read in years.

The story is interesting but felt unoriginal. Eh. Entertaining but predictable. Misogynistic

Fantastic. The world, the writing, the characters and the web of insist that this novel entails is what drew me in is why I continue to recommend this book to anyone I can.

Lit. What a ride boys

Incredible. Favorite book of all time.

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I couldn’t put it down. Lots of unexpected turns. Loved it.

Book Tok never fails. This is an amazing book. The story is fast paced and the characters are extremely likeable, even the antagonists. Parts of the story reminded me of the Harry Potter and hunger games books, which I love. For readers who enjoy fantasy and dystopian worlds, this is for you. Can’t wait to get into the next 5 books!!

Brilliant. What can I say? That was a great story. I have read all the hunger games books, but this was better. Better story, better characters, and better writing. Great work.

A captivating blend of Hunger Games, Greco-Roman culture and The Foundation.. Well written and paced. Those who like Iron Widow and the like will be satisfied. Excellent character development that that is intentional and genuine. Underlying themes are just being developed. Very engaging- read it.

Addicting!. Great Book, very cool concept and a story well developed through out the book! Can’t wait to read the next one!

Next Big Thing. Short and sweet review. This book is awesome. If you liked hunger games and game of thrones you will like this book. Even if you don't like those you will like this book. It starts quick and once the action starts it does not stop until the very last page. Brown creates an amazingly detailed world filled with vibrantly complex characters that will make you want to read cover to cover without stop.

Bloodydamn bore. I wanted to like this but it was a total bore. If you’ve never read a Sci fi story in your life, if you’ve never read a fantasy story about the underdog rising above, then this would be a good gateway story to these genres. On the other hand, if you have ever read stories like that then this book will ripoff every cliche and genre trope conceivable. I kept putting the book down out of boredom and frustration over the utter lack of anything original, and also because Pierce Brown’s writing skill is as sophisticated as an average junior high school student.

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The Red Rising book written by Pierce Brown was published on 28 January 2014, Tuesday in the Adventure category. A total of 3,877 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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