Red RisingPierce Brown

Red Rising

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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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Red Rising (Pierce Brown) Book Reviews

MasterpieceA wonderful tale one that keeps you wanting for more..Score: 5/5

Red RisingOne of the best series I have read..Score: 5/5

Fantastic read!Excellent, spellbinding, thought provoking..Score: 5/5

AmazingThis 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!.Score: 5/5

Sooo gooooodThese 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!!!.Score: 5/5

IncrediblePlease read this epic. After the 1st quarter of the book, the story hits hard and doesn’t slow down..Score: 5/5

Excellent bookHad 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..Score: 5/5

Loved itWas beautiful written and much better than any dystopian future novel I have read.Score: 5/5

Awesome!!Fantastic!!!!! Absolutely loved this book. Can’t wait to read the rest!.Score: 5/5

AmazingIts a book you won’t wanna put down.Score: 5/5

Red risingThis is the best book on the face of the earth.Score: 5/5

Amazing seriesI 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.Score: 5/5

Red Rising TrilogyThe 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..Score: 5/5

Bloody goodA good story with plenty of violence and death..Score: 5/5

Loved itI 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..Score: 5/5

Everything about this series is greatJust read it you Pixie.Score: 5/5

Jaw DroppingOne of the most captivating, and awe inspiring books I’ve ever read! Truly magnificent..Score: 5/5

Amazing bookGreat start to the series, would recommend to anyone!.Score: 5/5

WowWow. Grips and pulls you. Absolutely phenomenal..Score: 5/5

Don’t botherDon’t bother spending any money or time on this book. It’s a rambling mishmash of plots and characters with no clear direction. I stopped reading about halfway through, preferring self mutilation to reading one more page..Score: 1/5

AddicticeEvery 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..Score: 5/5

Amazing seriesI’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.Score: 5/5

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!.Score: 5/5

Loved it!Reminds me of The Hunger Games. Im about to buy the second one right now haha..Score: 5/5

“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.Score: 5/5

All Time FavoritesThis is one of the best book series I have read. Ever. And I have only been alive for a short time considering but Jesus Christ just read this. At first it’s confusing but by the time you’ve read through Iron Gold your standards for what a good quality book is will have shot up to such astronomical heights that you might even make it to Mars yourself. I recommend this to anybody who likes a fast paced story and who’s looking for solid quality character development. I’d rate this 100/5 stars if I could..Score: 5/5

Interesting Twist on an Old StoryFirst, I'd like to say that the story is definitely a version of the dystopian/sci-fi genre, and parts of it can be clichéd (but at this point, what isn't?). More importantly, this book is self aware of the genre, in that while it does follow a lot of the same tropes and cycles, it also uses that expected journey to twist around on you. The series is brilliant, and while it does drag in places, the action always picks up when you need it. That said, it is a slow start. You do have to get past a good bit of story to get to the interesting parts, but the beforehand sets the scene and defines the base morals of the main character a lot. I would highly recommend, as I adore this story quite a bit. The books are amazing, and I've hardly seen them do the same thing twice. One of the few series that I nearly cried when I finished..Score: 5/5

IncredibleThis book is one of my favorites, the entire series is phenomenal. Read it..Score: 5/5

OutstandingThis 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!.Score: 5/5

Excellent, despite typos.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..Score: 5/5

Great readInteresting story. Good start, got a little slow in the middle, but really vamped up for the end..Score: 4/5

Great book10/10 best book I’ve read.Score: 5/5

“I would have lived in peace, but my enemies brought me war.” - Red RisingA friend recommended me this book to read and I wasn’t very impressed with the concept or anything he had told me, but I started to read it and I fell in love. I was hooked from the first line, (featured above) although I will admit the first few chapters are a little slow. Once it picks up it does not slow down until the series is over. This book had my adrenaline pumping, sweating, and shouting expletives in public places. The first book is a good peek inside this world, but the rest of the series is so much better. I’ve re read this entire series 3 times in the last year and a half, I literally can’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

Horrifically BadDo you enjoy bad ripoffs of the Hunger Games to the point where its the EXACT SAME BOOK, just poorly written and on mars? Well then have fun with Red Rising! For the rest of you, dont read this book. The characters are so one dimensional and uniteresting that some of them are used as disposable place holders with the sole purpose of driving the plot, and the main characters who actually matter are just so shallow that they can barely maintain the same personality instead of just reacting to whatever BS plot device is thrown their way. Then there's the "sci-fi” bit: ITS NOT THERE. The begining is rife with it, and that was nice, but then its all ripped away, and the characters are tossed into a big dome and told to fight each other, just like a certain other YA book… To summerize, this book is a plagarized piece of garbage that has somehow managed to fool a signifigant amount of people into thinking its original. Also, if you like characters who still have ears and don't get raped, not the book for you..Score: 1/5

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..Score: 3/5

IncredibleMy friend recommended this to me and I was skeptical. But I got hooked quickly. This book has a unique perspective on what the future may look like with a rich and interesting story. I wish I could give it more stars..Score: 5/5

Exciting read!!I’m glad I didn’t listen to those who gave the book a bad review because of the writing style. Yes, it’s different than I am used to. Yet aren’t we all different? I extremely enjoyed the story, the characters and the twists.... looking forward to the next book....Score: 4/5

IncredibleFavorite book of all time..Score: 5/5

Bait and switchDisappointing. 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..Score: 2/5

Bloody good book my Goodman.The title says it all..Score: 5/5

AmazingAbsolutely loved it.Score: 5/5

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.Score: 5/5

OutstandingStrategy, psychology, character development, war, and love. This book has everything you could want in a book, and is a better version of Hunger Games or Enders Game.Score: 5/5

The best,honestlyDon’t even hesitate, read it!! You can see such awesome character developments, you can feel it. It honestly felt like I was living it..Score: 5/5

ArggggI tried three times as I love SciFi— finished it but all I can remember is red dust tunnels and slave labor—- Would make a great book for a lit class. Well written.Score: 3/5

Fantastic!!!!!Favorite author now..Score: 5/5

The story is interesting but felt unoriginalEh. Entertaining but predictable. Misogynistic.Score: 2/5

A Absolute RollercoasterFrom 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..Score: 5/5

Enders Game meets Hunger GamesOne of my favorite new series. The series is a fast paced adventure that is enjoyable, exciting, and fast paced. I thoroughly enjoyed each book in the series and have read it twice already..Score: 5/5

WowWow wow wow. My emotions are troubled. I’m left in deep thought after finishing this book and yearn for more.Score: 5/5

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Next Big ThingShort 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..Score: 5/5

Bloodydamn boreI 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..Score: 1/5

BrilliantWhat 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..Score: 5/5

I couldn’t put it downLots of unexpected turns. Loved it..Score: 5/5

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