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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

Don't miss any of Pierce Brown's Red Rising Saga:
RED RISING - GOLDEN SON - MORNING STAR - IRON GOLD - DARK AGE - LIGHT BRINGER
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416 pages

Average rating: 7.81

401 RATINGS

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16 REVIEWS

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The Nerdy Narrative
Jul 19, 2024
10/10 stars
"Personally, I do not want to make you a man. Men are so very frail. Men break. Men die. No, I've always wished to make a god."

Wow. I just absolutely fell in love with this book. By the third chapter, I was ready to binge this sucker to the end.

I had seen a lot of comparisons between Red Rising and the Hunger Games, but having read both, I do see where folks draw that parallel, but in my opinion, Red Rising was so much better. It was definitely different from the Hunger Games - so many nuanced elements that made it its own brutal story. But what sells it as war games done better? The fact that I can believe this could happen. It is a way more plausible future than the one set in the Hunger Games.

I really enjoyed the character work in this story - several of them were so compelling and had me emotional invested. I did find pieces of the plot predictable, but SO much more was unexpected and just absolutely had me hollering "YES!" on more than one occasion. (#HowlerForLife)

I can't wait to finish this series. I can't wait to re-read this series. Would definitely recommend!
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Roxy94
Jul 07, 2024
10/10 stars
Amazing universe, heart stopping action, the best characters!!!. Darrow, Mustang, Sevro... It's hard not to love them all. And the best part, it's only the beginning of the journey. This is the first book of one of my all time favorites Sagas. Book 1 of 6 (soon to be 7, the final one) I just love it so much. I've read so many times already. ❤️‍🔥
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Anonymous
Jun 28, 2024
8/10 stars
Despite the plot being slow at times, I had a great time with this book. I went in completely blind and did not realize the majority of the book was going to be like an extended game of capture the flag set within the Hunger Games. Part of my enjoyment was realizing that, pretty early on, Pierce Brown had zero qualms about killing characters, so everyone (minus Darrow who I was 99% sure would make it until at least the end of the book) was on the chopping block.
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NinjaNeo
Jun 27, 2024
6/10 stars
It was really rough to get into. The story started getting good over halfway through the book, which was too long. I had the hardest time with the writing style. Almost everything was written in short abrupt sentences, almost like bursts of individual trains of thought. I had to constantly go back and reread everything to try and understand the story. Biggest issue is I had zero emotional connection with the MC. Even the romance felt forced and awkward. Tell me the series gets better! 😫
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Ali Nurmikko
May 14, 2024
7/10 stars
Liked listening to this one over reading it, as I flipped back and forth between the two. This came as a recommendation from my husband after finishing the entire series; I did enjoy it! It’s definitely a Hunger Games-esque plot, but set in space and turn up the drama & battle. The beginning took me a minute to get a hold of, but once it took off, WOW I really liked it! The last 15 chapters I felt like my jaw was on the floor and couldn’t put it down. I do want to give this a higher rating than a three, but I truly feel like the author needed to develop the characters more in the book. They fell a little flat for me- especially the main characters. I felt like I really needed more depth and there was so much opportunity for it, but that could come later (there’s 6 more books). Additionally, I FINALLY was able to pick up a book with very little romance (there are love interests) that didn’t make the book feel so cringe and that’s a win for me.
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