Red Rising - Pierce Brown

Red Rising

By Pierce Brown

  • Release Date: 2014-01-28
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 1,545 Ratings


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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  • 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.
  • Don’t bother

    By eddie31311
    Don’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.
  • Incredible

    By Twestnavy
    My 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.
  • Loved it!

    By amia tilley 0424
    Reminds me of The Hunger Games. Im about to buy the second one right now haha.
  • Loved it

    By JillJack716
    Was beautiful written and much better than any dystopian future novel I have read
  • Great book

    By ibanry
    10/10 best book I’ve read
  • Interesting Twist on an Old Story

    By ThisIsStupidDon'tGetIt2k16
    First, 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.