Red Rising

Red Rising

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - Pierce Brown's relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

"Red Rising ascends above a crowded dys­topian field."--USA Today

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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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162 x 241 x 32mm | 618g
  • Del Rey Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • MAP
  • 0345539788
  • 9780345539786
  • 20,600

Review quote

"[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)
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About Pierce Brown

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.
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Rating details

314,477 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
5 50% (158,287)
4 32% (101,472)
3 12% (37,881)
2 4% (11,163)
1 2% (5,674)

Our customer reviews

I did a read-a-long with Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf and it was wonderful to be DMing with her throughout the novel. I highly recommend doing them because you get live feedback :D We have Darrow, born as a Red, the lowest caste of the Society. When tragedy strikes, he gets recruited to take down the top caste, the Golds. In this nail biting game of wit, intelligence, and political strife, Darrow must win to gain freedom for his people. The games, meant to teach the children lessons about war tactics. Think of Ender's Game without the rules, without the civility. The tactics, alliances also remind me of The Hunger Games except their mission isn't to kill one another, but to overtake the other tribes. I felt like I was dropped into this world on Mars and never left. I love the different colours, and the brutality of the dystopian government. So many amazing twists and turns that just about killed me. You'll be rooting for several characters and will be hating others. This is also a YA to Adult crossover so make sure to check it out in the Adult section instead of Teen :) You're literally assaulted with this brand new world where everyone talks differently and slavery is the standard. A bit of info dumping at the beginning, but you learn to pick it up quickly. As for the pacing, I found myself to be a little bored after the intense turning point, but that quickly vanished as soon as I delved a hundred pages in. You're going to want to keep going, and if you must, keep plowing through because it gets better. The first few chapters were an onslaught of info dumping and their slang and dialogue takes some getting used to. But you will get used to it! What would have helped with this one is a glossary. Overall, a wonderful debut that made me tear and rip my hair out at some point in time..Don't borrow, buy this book if you love dystopian! Cannot wait what else Pierce Brown has in store..Give me book two now!show more
by Giselle SM
As soon as I heard about this book I knew I had to have it, but it is so damn expensive and I am a poor student. Then praise be, my library got it and I was the first person to check it out in all its shiny and new sexiness. I first heard about this book from an Adventures of a Book Junkie post where she recapped an interview at a Red Rising book signing. I enjoyed Pierce’s answers, especially where he says he likes Neil Gaiman and Joss Whedon, two of my favourite people. Then I may have fallen in love with him a little bit and I may or may not have cyber stalked him but I definitely did go and find out more about the book. The book follows Darrow, he and his people are miners on Mars, mining for the element that will make the red planet liveable, so when life on planet Earth is no longer sustainable, humanity can survive on Mars – or so they think. In truth, Mars has been liveable for many years and Darrow’s people have been lied to. Mars has a caste system and each caste is colour coded, with Golds at the top and Reds at the bottom. Darrow is a Red. After his young wife is killed by a Gold and the truth has been revealed to him, he joins a resistance group. After some physical alteration, training and lessons, Darrow is given a new identity as a Gold. With this new identity he is entered into a school that sorts the wheat from the chaff, a survival of the fittest battle school and those who survive will be the future leaders of Mars and her colonies. Darrow’s goal is to win and make his way to the top of Gold society, so he can bring it down. It is dark, it is brutal, it is at times heart-breaking and it is definitely not YA. I BLOODYDAMN LOVE THIS BOOK and I am itching to read the next one, Golden Son. I don’t even know if I can do the book justice with this review, I don’t think I have the words to describe how great it is. Also this book has so much going on that I don’t want to give anything away that will spoil it, but I will do my best. Darrow is a great, well developed character who goes through so much growth, from a simple miner to a leader of men. Darrow is not perfect, he is very human and he makes mistakes but he learns from his mistakes to become a better person and thats one of the things that I love about him. Darrow isn’t the only wonderful character in the book, there are many, but that’s all I will say about the characters because they and their interactions with each other are so complex it’s hard to talk about them without being spoilery. I love the world that Pierce has created and I feel that how humanity got to where they are is plausible. There is still a lot to learn about the world, its history and political system, but I am sure all that will be developed in the other two books. The story starts out quite slow but its not too long before it picks up and gets to the really good stuff. So, if you start this book and wonder if you have the same book every one has been raving about because not a lot is happening, keep going. Trust me it is worth it. I could go on and on about this book but I won't, because then this post will be too long and you dont want to read that. What you do want to read is Red Rising - what are you still doing here? Go my lovelies and get your hands on this book. Happy reading. First published @ more
by Natalie Johnson
If you're getting a bit bored of the same old dystopians filled with love triangles and angsty teenagers trying to survive/mate/kill each other, you need to read this. A mix of dystopian, sci-fi and fantasy war that left my skin crawling while I sat in awe. This is a story of suffering, despair, physical and emotional turmoil, strength, sacrifice and the side of human nature we'd rather ignore. With an evil regime pulling all the strings. On Mars. There are similarities to The Hunger Games if you look at the premise in its most basic form, and it'll no doubt come out plastered in 'Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games' stickers, but that's a lie. Red Rising is darker, harsher, more brutal and horrific. Katniss would pee her pants. That is more
by Sarah
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