Red Rising: Book 1 Of The Red Rising Saga by Pierce BrownRed Rising: Book 1 Of The Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown

Red Rising: Book 1 Of The Red Rising Saga

byPierce Brown

Paperback | July 15, 2014

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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. 

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


“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

“[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field.”USA Today

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

“A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power . . . reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fast-paced, gripping, well-written—the sort of book you cannot put down. I am already on the lookout for the next one.”—Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of The Sword of Shannara

“Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers.”The Huffington Post

“Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining . . . a must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics.Examiner

“[A] great debut . . . The author gathers a spread of elements together in much the same way George R. R. Martin does.”Tordotcom
Pierce Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising, Golden Son, Morning Star, Iron Gold, and Dark Age. His work has been published in thirty-three languages and thirty-five territories. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next novel.
Title:Red Rising: Book 1 Of The Red Rising SagaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.51 × 0.89 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.51 × 0.89 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! This was an interesting book. Not a COMPLETELY original plot, but it does stand out from other Hunger Game-esque stories. Basically, if you like reading about teens killing each other and defying society's rules, you should read this.
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Almost like Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones on Mars. Really loved this book
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Lots of plot twists, which I like. You never know what the protagonist is going to do. I think it is geared towards an older audience than The Hunger Games.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good! This book had some nice twist and turns, although the character development in the novel is definitely my favourite part.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Yet Another Hunger Games Type Story So Boy-Katniss goes into the Hunger Games on Mars, and takes over so that he can save the world and has a lot of anger and wins the game and becomes the Mars Mockingjay. Okay, not actually. But it's not far off either.  The first part of this book was awesome. I was so fascinated by Darrow and Eo's world and how it was structured and where they found themselves within it. Even the whole Sons of Ares thing sounded amazing, and I was cool with the fact that it was way out of the science fiction I typically prefer. I was even cool with his going to this school type thing and the beginnings of that. But yeah, then it just turned into the Hunger Games, but way longer and way less exciting. It just became long and drawn out and dull, punctuated by a few decent characters and moments, and everything that I'd liked about Darrow disappeared. I actually ended up just looked up how the book ended, because I was so over it, and couldn't bear three more hours of audiobook. So all in all, this one didn't work for me. If it had been more of the beginning, then I would have been all over this. But the rest of the book just bored me to tears. If you like societies in space, Hunger Games type books, or social injustice stories, you should definitely check out Red Rising.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this more than I thought I was going to! It took me around 100 pages to really get into the story but after that I just loved it! It can take awhile getting used to the different terms that are used but the characters are great and lots of betrayals that you didn't expect.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing book! Went out and got Golden Son as soon as I finished with this book
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I loved, loved, loved this book! Everything from the plot to the imagery decribed was excpetionnel! Definitely an excellent read for everyone. I can't wait to get started on the next books in this series!!!
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite series The book is amazing! There are times when I felt conflicted between despising a character to sympathizing and rooting for them. If you like books that are full of conflict, humanized antagonists, revenge, hint of romance, and a roller-coaster of emotions, this is the book for you. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.This book is a mixture of Hunger Games, Games of Thrones, and Enders Game.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I Don't Get the Hype I thought the characters were weak, as was the plot. It was original or particularly well written.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bloodydamn! Bloodydamn I loved this book. I loved Brown's writing style. It was brilliant. I tore through this book in a day. (Then continued on to the 2nd and 3rd and practically abandoned my life until I finished the whole trilogy). This book was nothing like I expected it. It was complex, emotional, thrilling, brutal, violent and there was so much going on I couldn't catch my breath. I was addicted. I wanted ... needed to know more. Thank goodness there was two more books that followed it. Darrow is amazing. But seriously.. Sevro. Can we just have a book about him? Absolutely Brilliant. I love it!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes yes yes 4.5* Sooo good! I spent the first half of the book kind of annoyed as how much it was like Red Queen and The Hunger Games but then once I hit the second half of the book I didn't even care anymore because it was soo much better than both of those books!
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! So I really loved this book. Darrow is a pretty relatable character and the whole idea of a colour-coded hierarchy upset me just as much as it did Darrow. The actual "game" that Darrow is made to compete in really reminded me of Ender's Game a lot. I cannot recommend this book more.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well this was fun Reminded me of Lord of the Flies quite a bit and that's one of my favourite books of all time. It had the same chaotic feeling but more sci-fi. This isn't my favourite genre but it had enough to keep me going. I went through this book in two days and I lost sleep trying to read this book through the first night.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bloodydamn, that was a whirlwind of a book. Although Red Rising is packed to the brim with action, it did drag a bit in the middle. However, a couple twists at the end had me sucked right back in and I couldn't read fast enough. Darrow suffered from some Mary Sue-ism but enough drama was happening to him that I was able to look past it, because wow a hell of a lot of crazy shit goes down. Also, I loved the heavy influence of Greek/Roman mythology and the inclusion of famous figures from our history that helped shaped the history of Mars. So happy I finally got started on this series!
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best series ever! Awesome first book to an amazing dystopian series! Can't put them down once you start reading them. I have recommended them to multiple family members who all share my obsession. If you love dystopian novels you won't be disappointed:) #plumrewards
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Received this book as a birthday gift and had to read it immediately. Loved every bit of the story, ready for the next book
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing series - a world that feels real Quickly becoming my all-time favourite series. I have recommended it to so many different people and it never disappoints. It is both entertaining and inspiring.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Loved this book! This whole trilogy is an instant classic!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular From the first time I opened this book, it's been one of my favourites. I will reread this again and again!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Start Young people who are special get put into different classes dealing with a corrupt government... blah blah the same stuff I've read before. But still, even with all of this it was still a great read with some great characters.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Best book I've read this year. Just written with so much flare and emotion. By the end of the story, I felt a literal sigh of relief after all the chaos and struggle so acutely laid out by the book. I understand how not all readers would enjoy the book, but I personally love epic tales such as this. I love the fighting, the grit, the sacrificing, the idea of bringing Gods low. But it does not stop there, the book has personality. The dialect used by the characters is unique and humorous, the technology sounds pretty sick, the book creates a world that is earth-like, but also so much more. Maybe I am so blown away after having just read a string of mediocre teen books about first love and growing pains and whatever, but nonetheless, I still think Red Rising deserves a standing ovation.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark It's a dark look of the beloved under dog story. Truly an amazing work!
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome book I read this twice within a couple of weeks. My fav book so far. It's an easy read and I ddin't want to put it down. If you're a sci-fi lover and like books like hunger games then buy this
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favourite! This book was recommended to me by a friend. At first I thought it was similar to other YA series, specifically the Hunger Games, but it is so much more than that. This first book is so well written and the story is so exciting. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought people only liked it because the author is hot Didn't wanna read it at first because I thought everyone liked it because the author was hot. Everyone just kept talking about how hot the author was and I was like... that doesn't make a book better.. But ok let me tell you this is one of my favourite books now. Like I wouldn't change a thing about it. It just left me speechless like how does someone write so beautifully and come up with such an important and creative storyline.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I really enjoyed this book. I read a lot of different genres, and once in a while like to "binge" a young adult dystopian series (there are many to choose from!), which is how I picked this book up. I'm so glad I did! It was an easy read, but personally I found it a bit more mature and complex than other YA books I have read. The world that Pierce Brown creates is unique and interesting! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Like a space hunger games Very good book but slow in the beginning and end. I actually liked some of the side characters more than the main character. But I look forward to seeing how the story progresses.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This was engaging from the first page and didn't disappoint throughout the last. I loved the scope, feel, and humanity in these pages. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad it was. I enjoyed this book -- its plot, characters and writing style.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I am a huge lover of this series, you have bare through the first 100 pages or so, but once you do let me tell you what you are in for a ride that doesn't stop until the end of morning star ! highly recommend to everyone.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best sci-fi/dystopian thrilling read. amazing world building. fascinating society and an overall insanely good rebellion development. nothing like the hunger games because it's WAY BETTER. the hunger games is like child's play compared to this. the romantic relationships are a bit overdone, they didn't really need to be there. it was interesting to read, but what i really loved was the sci-fi part.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Great trilogy so far. Not a huge fan of some of the romantic relationships but understand the necessity to the plot. Overall good read and was a book I couldn't book down.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing series I flew through all three books within 2 weeks. The story is captivating, the author intelligently lays out a story that carries through all three books. Sometimes with a series each book tells a portion of the story and each book is neatly wrapped up at the end. What I liked about this story is it left you hanging and left you wanting to continue to the next one. As a previous reviewer noted, buy the series all at once, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Buy the trilogy Do yourself a favour and buy all 3 books at once. You will not regret it! I was not able to put this down and was glad I had the 2 other books waiting for me. It's sort of like the Hunger Games meets Ender's Game. So if you liked both books, you'd like this series.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good book interesting story line! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hunger Games Again Dystopian Y.A is trapped in this hunger gamesy bubble that it can't seem to break. Although this book did remind me a little more of the Lord of the Flies, the story follows the same evil class warfare, coup de etat plot line. I just couldn't get into it, because I already knew how it would end, but ultimately that's also the draw of these books, so if you're looking to quench your hunger games thirst this book is perfect for you!
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could not get into I had such a hard time getting into this book! I couldn't picture the world or the characters as I read, didn't get attached to any of them, and couldn't connect to the story at all. I finished book one and stopped.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good! If you love Hunger Games but wished they focused more on the strategy and the combat with less romance, then read this! Even if you liked the romance parts, you should read it. This book is very interesting and while I may not be a huge fan of Sci-fi, this book captured my attention fairly quickly. The beginning might be a bit slow, but it won't be for long. I got pretty attached to many of the characters and the plot twists absolutely blew my mind. This book (and the others in the series) give more reason to cheer for the underdog because everything is not what they seem.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was looking for a new series to read and I came across this book in the store and hadn't heard of it before but read the back and figured I would give it a try. This is the best book I have read in a while that I didn't know about beforehand. Amazing world development and deep characters make this a wonderful read, I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the first 50 pages I bought this book as I was looking for new series and I love trilogies (only 3 at the time). It was a little slow to start. It jumps into the story with no background and you have to adjust to a new set of "world facts" as you go. That being said, once it gets going... wow. The story is captivating. The ideas the author touches on are very relevant to our world today, but he does it in a way that is not rubbing your face in it. Highly recommend for people who enjoy layered plots, twists, and a little bit of heartbreak in their adventures.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Promising The beginning is kin of hard to get into with all the new terms and complex world building but the plot is very interesting.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So Far So Good This book was kind of hard t get into because the world is so detailed and layered and with lots of made up terms. but the plot is promising.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read. A dark and captivating story. Forces you to stop and think about the life we live. It's so creative and original. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I enjoyed the plot line and the characters.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! I was sucked into this book immediately! Great story, amazing world building and you really get a sense of the characters personalities. I have no bad things to say about this book.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very enjoyable the pace is good, the author doesn't create puzzling mysteries, lots of emotion. The subject is hardly new nor is this take on it , but the author creates a riveting tale you must finish!
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Can't wait to read the rest of the novels in this series, I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I don't know how I feel about it. One of my friend's recommended the book to me, and the way she described it, I had to read it. She told me it would take a bit to get into it, because when I first started reading it, I figured as much. The way the author writes is quite different, and it takes a bit to get use to. I finally got into it, and then for some reason, just stopped liking it. I was partly confused by it, and it also seemed like I've read something similar before. I love the way he writes, it's beautiful. I just don't like this particular series.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent read I am so glad I read this, it is easily my favorite Dystopian series.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Compare! This is one of my favorite series of all time! Like another reviewer described, there is simply no other dystopian like it. I really have no read besides the fact that everyone should give this book a try.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't even compare to Young Adult Dystopian Series These books are on a whole other level and made for adults with better writing and more mature content, loved it!!! Impatiently waiting for book 4 now.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I was having a hard time deciding which book series to read next and chose Red Rising. It has not disappointed. Full of action and subtle humor. A book that is very hard to put down! I very much recommend this series!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic A lot of the society in the book imitates ancient Roman culture. So it makes sense that the writing is just as grandiose as the Illiad and and the plot contains so much in so few pages
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you read this book... be prepared to finish the series There were a few moments where I wasn't sure if I liked the book while reading it, but once I finished it, I needed to read the next one. This one was probably my least favourite of the series but it was still good. Enjoy the cliff hangers.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Easily one of my favourite books
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST SCI-FI I am not usually a huge fan of sci-fi, but this book was absolutely exquisite. I loved Brown's writing, I felt completely transported into Darrow's world. Incredible.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book! Pierce Brown's writing is so captivating, I truly went to another world while reading this book.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from like The Hunger Games on steroids This is like a more brutal sic fi version of the Hunger Games. The series is absolutely epic and Pierce Brown's writing is amazing
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book series I was completely hooked in by the first chapter. Love this book, always some action and an interesting take on a future mars society. I haven't put the books down! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from meh didn't catch my attention. another derivative YA series
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good book! I really enjoyed this book. It was a perfect dystopian novel set in on mars.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Trilogy What a start to a great trilogy. This was recommended by one of the employees at chapters and what a great read. Read all three books in less then a month, I could not put it down, Huge fan especially if you enjoyed Hunger Games and Maze Runner!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it This is my favourite sci-fi dystopian trilogy. The world building in this first book is great. It gives lots of potential for character development too.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Usually not a fan of sci-fi, but loved this book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating A captivating read, a twist of Hunger Games and Ender's Game. Didn't want to put it down, I powered through this one quick so I could get onto the Golden Son. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Story This is my new favourite book series (other than HP of course). I love the writing, the characters, the story, everything. Red Rising was probably my favourite in the series, but all of the books are great. I can't wait to see what else Pierce Brown writes in the future.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great easy read. I wanted a fast paced easy ready for the holiday and bought the entire trilogy. There are some holes in the storyline, but overall, very enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good first experience This was my first sci-fi book but it won't be my last. Although I found that I couldn't read it as fast as the other genre of books that I'm used to, I really did enjoy it and read the two other books of the trilogy. I don't have anything to compare it to, but I would recommend it.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The red planet captivates us again I very much enjoyed this book. A little gory at times, but no more so than the Hunger Games. I've recommended it to friends. Yes it is another dystopian book and the plot became predictable but it doesn't matter because you want to keep reading anyways. I hope you enjoy this one too. P.S. I have also read the sequels because I found this book to be interesting enough to warrant it. They didn't disappoint either.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really fun read Great setting and writing. The tie in with mythology was interesting. The plot was fairly predictable with only a few twists. But I loved it anyways.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great dystopia I really enjoyed this take on a dystopian society. It was interesting to have the nods to ancient rome and to have societies set up on moons and planets. There are similarities to the hunger games but this novel definitely is unique and stands on its own.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite dystopian trilogy to date! I understand the comparisons to The Hunger Games and Ender's Game but I think this trilogy deserves to stand on its own. The world Pierce has created is addicting. The characters are unique and memorable. I couldn't help but feel a little heart broken reading the last sentence of the third book. I highly recommend these books!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This book pulls you in right from the start. The characters are so well written you feel like you really know them, and want them to succeed in their mission to end the abusive class system. All the other bits, like the roman mythology influences, the battles, the underground rebellion, are all added bonuses to this action packed, sci-fi, edge of your seat book.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great. I loved the war strategy aspects of the book. It reminded me a lot of Ender's Game in that sense. I also really enjoyed the exploration of clashing class.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than some Very action packed. Enjoyed the roman gods element. Wasn't expecting it.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from definitely worth a read this book and its two sequels are significantly darker and more intense than most YA out there. Pick it up, you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I was so excited for this series and it did not disappoint. This was a dystopian series done right, much like the Hunger Games without the let down of the last book in the HG series. Must read for sure!
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites I didn't expect this book to be this good. The beginning was a bit difficult to get into since there was quite a bit of world-building but once you get over that you get sucked right into this world. I was happily surprised when I found out that it would be based on Greek/Roman gods and that it had huge elements of The Hunger Games. Such an action-packed novel and it definitely didn't disapppoint! So good!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Stop Binge-read all three of the series. Class and race issues. Dystopian society. Recommended for lovers of The Hunger Games, Enders Game. Was traveling when I got to the third book and had to buy the Kindle version because I could not wait to get home to my paper copy.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great YA novel This book followed a slightly different trajectory than most YA. I thought it was going to gloss over some of the steps that the main characters takes to achieve his goals but it didn't. I can't really say much more without spoilers but I really enjoyed the amount of action in this novel. I also really liked this take on a dystopia. Very good, action-packed reading. Definitely recommend. It only loses stars for me because the only well defined character is the first one. Needs a bit more rounding out of secondary characters, but perhaps this will be in the rest of the trilogy.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read in a long time!! Gripping, exciting, epic and so, so smart. I could NOT put this book down!! Loved all three books in this trilogy! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great depiction of TODAY'S SOCIETY! My favorite character was actually Sevro. I nearly had a panic attack in Morning Star! Overall, great GREAT trilogy, I'm hoping to see a movie of this soon and very soon. Would read the whole thing again! Two thumbs up!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Sci Fi Okay, I absolutely get what all the fuss is about with this series. I get the excitement, the reason it's on so many shelves, why you can't seem to escape it. It is AMAZING. Right from the get-go, it hooks you and draws you into a grim future. It's only a few chapters in before you realize that this is a book that will rip your heart to shreds, stomp on the pieces, and beg for more. I LOVE IT. I love the Roman element, the harsh conditions, the broody, tormented main character, I LOVE Mustang, and I love how seamlessly Brown meshed sci-fi with medieval warfare. Seriously, I know this book is everywhere, but it's for a reason. The action was gritty and intense and ruthlessly unforgiving. This wears the skin of a YA book, but it is NOT. At least not the way I saw it. But honestly, buy this book and read it now. IT ROCKS!!!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read in a long time!! Gripping, exciting, epic and so, so smart. I could NOT put this book down!! Loved all three books in this trilogy!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite YA series! I grew up with Harry Potter and Katniss so my expectations for YA books are high and boy does Darrow deliver. I love the action and the dialogue is beautiful. I initially read the books on my iPad but loved the story so much, I purchased hard copies for my collection. Love love love.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite Series! This book had me hooked from the start - only took me a couple of days to fly through it! Filled with so much action, plot twists, great character development. Many reviewers compared to Hunger Games, and I can see the parallels, but loved this way more than the Hunger Games. Much better character development and higher level language and writing. Had me hooked from start to finish!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book (and trilogy) are now one of my favourites and a permanent part of my growing library. Absolutely loved the world building and the characters and all the twists and turns in the plot line as, they kept me engaged from page 1. The beginning can be a little heavy because there is so much info about the world and inner politics to take in and sort out, but it's really not that bad and just creates a story with depth that carries on in the following books. For anyone who is a fan of dystopian, war, and/or space books, give this one a go.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark, engaging, and just a little hard to read. This book sets the tone quickly and sticks very much to the same theme. The subject matter sometimes made it difficult to turn the page, and yet it was also very gripping. Only complaint is that it sometimes came across as repetitive or one sided. Could have used a slightly more human touch.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST DYSTOPIAN IVE EVER READ It's filled with action and plot twists and it's so hooking. Although some people might not like it because of it's hardcore sci-fi-ness of it. I loved it!! I read it on my road trip, and since I had a lot of time on my hands, I finished this in five days during my vacation. It's a fantastic read and the story is gripping. It illustrates society in a sort of almost satirical way, I don't know, I really like it.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth it Very confusing throughout the book
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad This was an ok book but I feel like I'd read most of it before in other series. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Hunger Games Lovers Must! I bought this book after seeing some booktubers recommend it and I'm so glad I did. It definitely has a lot of parallels to The Hunger Games, but it was also different in a lot of ways so that it was still interesting and unpredictable. Pierce Brown's writing was really easy to get into and I loved the world and character development. I have already started the second book Golden Son. A must for YA dystopian lovers!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I don't get the hype about this A lot of young adult/new adult books recycle ideas and themes, but this was nothing but recycled ideas and themes? Dystopian society where people are sorted in tiers, revenge quest for the hero, fish out of water, basically a Hunger Games, etc. The pace is exciting and that carries this first book, but I don't get why this series is so loved. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it The first in the series, and at the time I read it, I wish that the other two had been published. This has become one of my favourite books!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from (Inter)Stellar! The worst mistake that I made upon starting to read this book is that I didn't have the other two books in the series on hand for when I finished. Pierce Brown delivers an on-trend, dystopian fiction, but somehow manages to elevate the genre. The main character, Darrow, is one that has quickly dug his way into my heart. I loved with him, feared with him, raged with him and fought along side him, on a level that I could never get to with other dystopian heroes, like Katniss (whom I also love). I devoured the pages of Darrow's story, and now, I hunger for more.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Read Gritty and intense and very entertaining! A strong start to this trilogy!
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This book is really awesome and hard to put down! After seeing it in the library, I had to buy myself a copy and the rest of the series as well. :)
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This series is amazing. Really enjoyed this book, a must read for any fantasy book lover.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I adore this novel. I don't usually write reviews, but I love this series too much to let it stand at one good review and one bad one. I've found it fairly frustrating to find a book lately that doesn't feel annoying and ridiculous. I picked this book up on a whim and it turned out to be one of my absolute favourites. The universe is as rich and complex as the characters in it. At the risk of sounding corny, I'll say that the author has managed to capture the essence of what it means to be human - nothing is black and white. Power, corruption, prejudice, and violence... they're things that come-up over and over throughout our history. Good people can do bad things, but the definition of what's bad and what's good depends on the society that you live in. I believe that this book has more in common with actual historical events - namely the Roman empire and French revolution - than it does with other novels, and it's taken a fairly unique spin on them. It's a given-in that books are going to be inspired by real-life events, and if they weren't, we would have nothing to read. In the trilogy, Darrow's people have been lied to and brutalized by the regime. In order to inspire change, he must be physically transformed and work his way up through the upper ranks of the social hierarchy. It's basically like a futuristic-Roman empire in space and the protagonist is a sleeper cell getting ready to start the French revolt. I care about the characters a lot. It's excellent. I love it.
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Trash Utter trash. Tropes, stereotypes, and banality abound. A poorly disguised rip-off of every popular teen read for the past 20+ years. No idea is original, but this author doesn't even try to repackage tried and tested ideas into his own. It has all the makings of a popular novel so it's not surprising that this trilogy is so successful, but I think it's evil that such blatant plagiarism was allowed to be published in the first place. I'm sure this author is stinking rich now - he owes some royalty cheques at the very least.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Red Rising Will Rip Your Heart Out. Maybe Literally. Okay so I ordered this book after reading several great reviews upon it and I can honestly say that it lived up to it's standards! The characters were well developed and the story line really makes you emphasize with the main character, Darrow. To save the lowest of the society, what he was born into, he must become warped, in a sense. He undergoes mutilation to become one of the society's elites, a Gold. From then on he is tried with many difficult challenges, and it is up to you to see what happens. But, really. The shipping was great and arrived like a week later or so and it was just beautiful. Sometimes Indigo has the book's covers marked up or slightly bent but I ordered this with a few other books so they all remained in fairly good condition. Regardless of whether you order this or buy it in store, it's a brilliant book.
Date published: 2015-04-06

Read from the Book

1HelldiverThe first thing you should know about me is I am my father’s son. And when they came for him, I did as he asked. I did not cry. Not when the Society televised the arrest. Not when the Golds tried him. Not when the Grays hanged him. Mother hit me for that. My brother Kieran was supposed to be the stoic one. He was the elder, I the younger. I was supposed to cry. Instead, Kieran bawled like a girl when Little Eo tucked a haemanthus into Father’s left workboot and ran back to her own father’s side. My sister Leanna murmured a lament beside me. I just watched and thought it a shame that he died dancing but without his dancing shoes.On Mars there is not much gravity. So you have to pull the feet to break the neck. They let the loved ones do it.I smell my own stink inside my frysuit. The suit is some kind of nanoplastic and is hot as its name suggests. It insulates me toe to head. Nothing gets in. Nothing gets out. Especially not the heat. Worst part is you can’t wipe the sweat from your eyes. Bloodydamn stings as it goes through the headband to puddle at the heels. Not to mention the stink when you piss. Which you always do. Gotta take in a load of water through the drinktube. I guess you could be fit with a catheter. We choose the stink.The drillers of my clan chatter some gossip over the comm in my ear as I ride atop the clawDrill. I’m alone in this deep tunnel on a machine built like a titanic metal hand, one that grasps and gnaws at the ground. I control its rockmelting digits from the holster seat atop the drill, just where the elbow joint would be. There, my fingers fit into control gloves that manipulate the many tentacle-like drills some ninety meters below my perch. To be a Helldiver, they say your fingers must flicker fast as tongues of fire. Mine flicker faster.Despite the voices in my ear, I am alone in the deep tunnel. My existence is vibration, the echo of my own breath, and heat so thick and noxious it feels like I’m swaddled in a heavy quilt of hot piss.A new river of sweat breaks through the scarlet sweatband tied around my forehead and slips into my eyes, burning them till they’re as red as my rusty hair. I used to reach and try to wipe the sweat away, only to scratch futilely at the faceplate of my frysuit. I still want to. Even after three years, the tickle and sting of the sweat is a raw misery.The tunnel walls around my holster seat are bathed a sulfurous yellow by a corona of lights. The reach of the light fades as I look up the thin vertical shaft I’ve carved today. Above, precious helium-3 glimmers like liquid silver, but I’m looking at the shadows, looking for the pitvipers that curl through the darkness seeking the warmth of my drill. They’ll eat into your suit too, bite through the shell and then try to burrow into the warmest place they find, usually your belly, so they can lay their eggs. I’ve been bitten before. Still dream of the beast—black, like a thick tendril of oil. They can get as wide as a thigh and long as three men, but it’s the babies we fear. They don’t know how to ration their poison. Like me, their ancestors came from Earth, then Mars and the deep tunnels changed them.It is eerie in the deep tunnels. Lonely. Beyond the roar of the drill, I hear the voices of my friends, all older. But I cannot see them a half klick above me in the darkness. They drill high above, near the mouth of the tunnel that I’ve carved, descending with hooks and lines to dangle along the sides of the tunnel to get at the small veins of helium-3. They mine with meter-long drills, gobbling up the chaff. The work still requires mad dexterity of foot and hand, but I’m the earner in this crew. I am the Helldiver. It takes a certain kind—and I’m the youngest anyone can remember.I’ve been in the mines for three years. You start at thirteen. Old enough to screw, old enough to crew. At least that’s what Uncle Narol said. Except I didn’t get married till six months back, so I don’t know why he said it.Eo dances through my thoughts as I peer into my control display and slip the clawDrill’s fingers around a fresh vein. Eo. Sometimes it’s difficult to think of her as anything but what we used to call her as children.Little Eo—a tiny girl hidden beneath a mane of red. Red like the rock around me, not true red, rust-red. Red like our home, like Mars. Eo is sixteen too. And she may be like me—from a clan of Red earth diggers, a clan of song and dance and soil—but she could be made from air, from the ether that binds the stars in a patchwork. Not that I’ve ever seen stars. No Red from the mining colonies sees the stars.Little Eo. They wanted to marry her off when she turned fourteen, like all girls of the clans. But she took the short rations and waited for me to reach sixteen, wedAge for men, before slipping that cord around her finger. She said she knew we’d marry since we were children. I didn’t.“Hold. Hold. Hold!” Uncle Narol snaps over the comm channel. “Darrow, hold, boy!” My fingers freeze. He’s high above with the rest of them, watching my progress on his head unit.“What’s the burn?” I ask, annoyed. I don’t like being interrupted.“What’s the burn, the little Helldiver asks.” Old Barlow chuckles.“Gas pocket, that’s what,” Narol snaps. He’s the headTalk for our two-hundred-plus crew. “Hold. Calling a scanCrew to check the particulars before you blow us all to hell.”“That gas pocket? It’s a tiny one,” I say. “More like a gas pimple. I can manage it.”“A year on the drill and he thinks he knows his head from his hole! Poor little pissant,” old Barlow adds dryly. “Remember the words of our golden leader. Patience and obedience, young one. Patience is the better part of valor. And obedience the better part of humanity. Listen to your elders.”I roll my eyes at the epigram. If the elders could do what I can, maybe listening would have its merits. But they are slow in hand and mind. Sometimes I feel like they want me to be just the same, especially my uncle.“I’m on a tear,” I say. “If you think there’s a gas pocket, I can just hop down and handscan it. Easy. No dilldally.”They’ll preach caution. As if caution has ever helped them. We haven’t won a Laurel in ages.“Want to make Eo a widow?” Barlow laughs, voice crackling with static. “Okay by me. She is a pretty little thing. Drill into that pocket and leave her to me. Old and fat I be, but my drill still digs a dent.”A chorus of laughter comes from the two hundred drillers above. My knuckles turn white as I grip the controls.“Listen to Uncle Narol, Darrow. Better to back off till we can get a reading,” my brother Kieran adds. He’s three years older. Makes him think he’s a sage, that he knows more. He just knows caution. “There’ll be time.”“Time? Hell, it’ll take hours,” I snap. They’re all against me in this. They’re all wrong and slow and don’t understand that the Laurel is only a bold move away. More, they doubt me. “You are being a coward, Narol.”Silence on the other end of the line.Calling a man a coward—not a good way to get his cooperation. Shouldn’t have said it.“I say make the scan yourself,” Loran, my cousin and Narol’s son, squawks. “Don’t and Gamma is good as Gold—they’ll get the Laurel for, oh, the hundredth time.”The Laurel. Twenty-four clans in the underground mining colony of Lykos, one Laurel per quarter. It means more food than you can eat. It means more burners to smoke. Imported quilts from Earth. Amber swill with the Society’s quality markings. It means winning. Gamma clan has had it since anyone can remember. So it’s always been about the Quota for us lesser clans, just enough to scrape by. Eo says the Laurel is the carrot the Society dangles, always just far enough beyond our grasp. Just enough so we know how short we really are and how little we can do about it. We’re supposed to be pioneers. Eo calls us slaves. I just think we never try hard enough. Never take the big risks because of the old men.“Loran, shut up about the Laurel. Hit the gas and we’ll miss all the bloodydamn Laurels to kingdom come, boy,” Uncle Narol growls.He’s slurring. I can practically smell the drink through the comm. He wants to call a sensor team to cover his own ass. Or he’s scared. The drunk was born pissing himself out of fear. Fear of what? Our overlords, the Golds? Their minions, the Grays? Who knows? Few people. Who cares? Even fewer. Actually, just one man cared for my uncle, and he died when my uncle pulled his feet.My uncle is weak. He is cautious and immoderate in his drink, a pale shadow of my father. His blinks are long and hard, as though it pains him to open his eyes each time and see the world again. I don’t trust him down here in the mines, or anywhere for that matter. But my mother would tell me to listen to him; she would remind me to respect my elders. Even though I am wed, even though I am the Helldiver of my clan, she would say that my “blisters have not yet become calluses.” I will obey, even though it is as maddening as the tickle of the sweat on my face.“Fine,” I murmur.I clench the drill fist and wait as my uncle calls it in from the safety of the chamber above the deep tunnel. This will take hours. I do the math. Eight hours till whistle call. To beat Gamma, I’ve got to keep a rate of 156.5 kilos an hour. It’ll take two and a half hours for the scanCrew to get here and do their deal, at best. So I’ve got to pump out 227.6 kilos per hour after that. Impossible. But if I keep going and squab the tedious scan, it’s ours.I wonder if Uncle Narol and Barlow know how close we are. Probably. Probably just don’t think anything is ever worth the risk. Probably think divine intervention will squab our chances. Gamma has the Laurel. That’s the way things are and will ever be. We of Lambda just try to scrape by on our foodstuffs and meager comforts. No rising. No falling. Nothing is worth the risk of changing the hierarchy. My father found that out at the end of a rope.Nothing is worth risking death. Against my chest, I feel the wedding band of hair and silk dangling from the cord around my neck and think of Eo’s ribs.I’ll see a few more of the slender things through her skin this month. She’ll go asking the Gamma families for scraps behind my back. I’ll act like I don’t know. But we’ll still be hungry. I eat too much because I’m sixteen and still growing tall; Eo lies and says she’s never got much of an appetite. Some women sell themselves for food or luxuries to the Tinpots (Grays, to be technic about it), the Society’s garrison troops of our little mining colony. She wouldn’t sell her body to feed me. Would she? But then I think about it. I’d do anything to feed her . . .I look down over the edge of my drill. It’s a long fall to the bottom of the hole I’ve dug. Nothing but molten rock and hissing drills. But before I know what’s what, I’m out of my straps, scanner in hand and jumping down the hundred-meter drop toward the drill fingers. I kick back and forth between the vertical mineshaft’s walls and the drill’s long, vibrating body to slow my fall. I make sure I’m not near a pitviper nest when I throw out an arm to catch myself on a gear just above the drill fingers. The ten drills glow with heat. The air shimmers and distorts. I feel the heat on my face, feel it stabbing my eyes, feel it ache in my belly and balls. Those drills will melt your bones if you’re not careful. And I’m not careful. Just nimble.I lower myself hand over hand, going feetfirst between the drill fingers so that I can lower the scanner close enough to the gas pocket to get a reading. This was a mistake. Voices shout at me through the comm. I almost brush one of the drills as I finally lower myself close enough to the gas pocket. The scanner flickers in my hand as it takes its reading. My suit is bubbling and I smell something sweet and sharp, like burned syrup. To a Helldiver, it is the smell of death.

Editorial Reviews

“[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“[A] top-notch debut novel . . . Red Rising ascends above a crowded dystopian field.”—USA Today   “Red Rising is a sophisticated vision. . . . Brown will find a devoted audience.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch“A story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power . . . reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.”—Kirkus Reviews   “Fast-paced, gripping, well-written—the sort of book you cannot put down. I am already on the lookout for the next one.”—Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of The Sword of Shannara“Pierce Brown has done an astounding job at delivering a powerful piece of literature that will definitely make a mark in the minds of readers.”—The Huffington Post   “Compulsively readable and exceedingly entertaining . . . a must for both fans of classic sci-fi and fervent followers of new school dystopian epics.”—Examiner   “[A] great debut . . . The author gathers a spread of elements together in much the same way George R. R. Martin does.”—Tordotcom   “Very ambitious . . . a natural for Hunger Games fans of all ages.”—Booklist   “Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow: Pierce Brown’s empire-crushing debut is a sprawling vision.”—Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Pandemic   “A Hollywood-ready story with plenty of action and thrills.”—Publishers Weekly   “Reminiscent of . . . Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games . . . [Red Rising] will captivate readers and leave them wanting more.”—Library Journal (starred review)