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Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.”—Scott Sigler
 
Pierce Brown’s relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

“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 spends his life willingly, knowing 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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Pierce Brown's Golden Son.

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.com
 
“[A] great debut . . . The author gathers a spread of elements together in much the same way George R. R. Martin does.”Tor.com
 
“Pierce Brown’s empire-crushing debut is a sprawling vision.”—Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Pandemic
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In Mars' subterranean regions, 16-year-old Darrow works long exhausting hours as a miner. Other might find this "helldiver" work repulsive, but this gentle boy is buoyed by thoughts of his idyllic teenage wife and his belief that his labor will someday make the surface of the planet habitable. When he discovers that he and the rest of the lowest caste have been duped by the ruling class of the vast cities that actually already live and thrive on the surface, he agrees to become an infiltrator in the above ground realm, a resolve that is redoubled by the loss of the only woman he has ever loved. (P.S. Even before its hardcover release, advance copy readers of this debut dystopian novel made it a viral sensation. This paperback and NOOK Book editions will only spread the enviable buzz.)

Library Journal
★ 09/15/2013
All 16-year-old Darrow knows is mining for helium-3 deep below the surface of Mars, believing, as do all those of the Red clan, that they are the first peoples of Mars who sacrifice their lives to create a habitable planet for the inhabitants of an overpopulated dying Earth. But when his equally young wife is hanged for singing a forbidden song of freedom, Darrow follows her to the gallows only to be saved by members of a higher clan who want to use him to overthrow those in power. Surgically altered to resemble a Gold, the highest, most powerful clan on Mars, Darrow undergoes a demanding training and education regime in an effort to attain admittance into the Institute from which the future leaders of Mars are chosen. It is only after he is chosen as one of the top 100 most promising students that he and his classmates discover just how vicious the ruling classes are as they are forced to fight one another in war games where only the most intelligent and the most ruthless can survive and rise. VERDICT Brown's debut novel, the first volume in a planned trilogy, is reminiscent of both Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games and William Goldman's The Lord of the Flies but has a dark and twisted power of its own that will captivate readers and leave them wanting more. [See Prepub Alert, 8/5/13.]—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage P.L., AK
Publishers Weekly
Debut author Pierce shoots for the next Hunger Games with mixed results in this melodramatic SF series opener. Sixteen-year-old Darrow is a Red miner, the lowest worker caste on Mars. Darrow’s people live in hellish conditions underground and mine the precious silvery helium-3 needed to terraform the planet. Darrow’s father was hanged for performing a traditional dance, and when Darrow’s wife, Eo, discovers that Mars’s surface has been livable for centuries and then sings a forbidden dirge in public, she too is executed. Awash with grief, Darrow is recruited by the rebel Sons of Ares to infiltrate high-caste Gold society and help overthrow the government. After weeks of surgery and training, Darrow enters Mars’s most selective school, but being accepted at the Institute is one thing; surviving a murderous hazing, ruthless power struggles, and a brutal war game won’t be so easy. Determined to lead his people to a better future, Darrow will do anything to win. Pierce offers a Hollywood-ready story with plenty of action and thrills but painfully little originality or plausibility. Agent: Hannah Bowman, Liza Dawson Associates. (Feb. 2014)
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“[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.com
 
“[A] great debut . . . The author gathers a spread of elements together in much the same way George R. R. Martin does.”Tor.com
 
“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)

Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-03
Set in the future and reminiscent of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, this novel dramatizes a story of vengeance, warfare and the quest for power. In the beginning, Darrow, the narrator, works in the mines on Mars, a life of drudgery and subservience. He's a member of the Reds, an "inferior" class, though he's happily married to Eo, an incipient rebel who wants to overthrow the existing social order, especially the Golds, who treat the lower-ranking orders cruelly. When Eo leads him to a mildly rebellious act, she's caught and executed, and Darrow decides to exact vengeance on the perpetrators of this outrage. He's recruited by a rebel cell and "becomes" a Gold by having painful surgery--he has golden wings grafted on his back--and taking an exam to launch himself into the academy that educates the ruling elite. Although he successfully infiltrates the Golds, he finds the social order is a cruel and confusing mashup of deception and intrigue. Eventually, he leads one of the "houses" in war games that are all too real and becomes a guerilla warrior leading a ragtag band of rebelliously minded men and women. Although it takes a while, the reader eventually gets used to the specialized vocabulary of this world, where warriors shoot "pulseFists" and are protected by "recoilArmor." As with many similar worlds, the warrior culture depicted here has a primitive, even classical, feel to it, especially since the warriors sport names such as Augustus, Cassius, Apollo and Mercury. A fine novel for those who like to immerse themselves in alternative worlds.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345539793
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Series: Red Rising Trilogy
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,747
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Pierce Brown spent his childhood building forts and setting traps for cousins in the woods of six states and the deserts of two. Graduating from college in 2010, he fancied the idea of continuing his studies at Hogwarts. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a magical bone in his body. So while trying to make it as a writer, he worked as a manager of social media at a startup tech company, toiled as a peon on the Disney lot at ABC Studios, did his time as an NBC page, and gave sleep deprivation a new meaning during his stint as an aide on a U.S. Senate campaign. Now he lives Los Angeles, where he scribbles tales of spaceships, wizards, ghouls, and most things old or bizarre.


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Helldiver

The 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.

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    This was unlike any dystopian novel I've ever read - even the se

    This was unlike any dystopian novel I've ever read - even the setting was unique - Mars. As with most dystopians, a lot is at stake and in the case of Red Rising, it's freedom of people in a social system categorized by colors - and I don't mean race. Gold is at the top of the food chain and red, the color of soil on Mars, is at the bottom.

    Darrow pulled me in from page one. He begins as a hard-working guy who loves his wife and family and just wants to provide for them, but by the end of the book, his naive view of the world has changed and he's undergone tremendous growth. I can't wait to see what he does in the sequel.

    I have to admit, somewhere around the early middle of the book I began to lose interest and felt like the plot strayed a little, but before long, I couldn't put it down. The last half was completely testosterone-filled, which isn't a bad thing for someone who doesn't read chick-lit, and I was totally captivated. The cast of characters also included some strong women who could hold their own in physical challenges against men. With the actions and level of intelligence of some characters in this book, at times I found it difficult to believe they were teenagers, but they are a product of their environment and did what they needed to survive.

    I would recommend this book to any dystopian lovers and it would be a great read for age 15+ teenage boys (girls too, but we all know it's harder to get a book in front of the guys).

    This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Fast-paced but Violent

    If you cannot read about rape, gore, teens murdering, feces this is not for you. Minimal roamance, much world building (both of Mars and of the game). Plot twists were mostly not predictable, but some cliche. A lot of action, survival, and adventure.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

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    Read from January 19 to 20, 2014 Book Info  Kindle edition,

    Read from January 19 to 20, 2014




    Book Info 
    Kindle edition, 400 pages
    Expected publication: January 28th 2014 by Del Rey
    ASIN B00CVSJ80
    edition language English
    Red Rising Trilogy #1 
    Source:Netgalley EARC




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    BOOK SYNOPSIS








    Red Rising is the story of a society in a desolate future, riven by class conflict and shaken by the tremors of an impending revolution. But more than that, it's the story of Darrow-a secret revolutionary who is inspired not only by a longing for social justice, but by lost love. It's only when Darrow's beloved wife is executed by the oppressive government that he begins to question the harsh world he lives in. Recruited by an underground revolutionary cell, Darrow is given a perilous mission: infiltrate the academy that educates this elite-and become one of them.




    My Thoughts




    Red Rising is a story about the underdog who rises past his station and manages to harness his hate using it to fuel his rise through the ranks of those whose callous disregard for those whom they consider inferior is shown over and over throughout the story.




    Darrow’s tale begins when he is sixteen and follows his emergence from that of a simple low-class Red to a mixture of his inner self and his newly specially crafted outer persona of a very fearsome Gold as he undergoes trials that would have broken a lesser spirit!




    I thought that this particular evolution to be well drawn in all it’s moral and physical aspects by the use of brutal honesty in the characters formation from naive teenager to a man forged to wield his wits as weapons as well as he can his fists and knives.




    This may not be the usual dystopian that we have grown accustomed to but for me the darker aspect of story telling used by the Author gave it a depth that will appeal to a much wider audience than even many of it’s predecessors in the genre, it certainly kept my attention riveted even when some of the information overload became a bit too much to process on several occasions.




    Red Rising has a lot to offer as the first book set in this world of political corruption that has been constructed with such carefulness that one cannot help but feel it could truly exist. Personally this was one of the more anticipated reads for me of 2014 and it lived up to and more than exceeded what I hoped for and am really excited to see what comes to pass in the next book as this one ended with a somewhat controversial choice on Darrow’s part. Tense as well as brutal but a good fantasy yarn.
    [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    Mindblowlingly AWESOME!  Totally smitten with Darrow from practi

    Mindblowlingly AWESOME!  Totally smitten with Darrow from practically the first line.   I was convinced of his love for his wife, his resignation to his 'lot in in life' and his gradual awakening and struggle to take on the oppressors.  He faces these quandaries in combination with questioning his personal ethics and genuine human decency as he discovers that many situations are not black and white.   All these things make him hugely likeable; always growing and always evolving.  I loved the supporting characters as well, not to mention the setting of the tale, but I won’t rave further.  I’ve read it four times this month. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    hunger games its not

    Good story. Drug on in some places.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    This story of an earth in the future with planetary outposts and

    This story of an earth in the future with planetary outposts and a strongly-enforced caste system has all the elements that the best in science fiction has to offer. The new universe is well-described, without too much excess verbiage. Characters are genuine people, with all the good and bad points people can have. The story is exciting and very well told. Action is non-stop, but not at the expense of character development. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am definitely looking forward to more books in this series. I recommend it to everyone looking for a thrilling and suspense-filled novel, not just the science fiction buff. It is the best book I have read in years.

    Brown does a magnificent job of defining and building the relationships between characters and shifting them through time. He definitely hooks the reader emotionally. As I read more, I simply couldn't stop reading until the end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    Great and exciting read

    I first heard about and became interested in Red Rising after reading a review in Entertainment Weekly. After reading Red Rising myself I pretty much agree with EW. I really enjoyed it. I am so glad there is no love triangle in this story, however I don't think it is YA. As far as I know it is sold in the Sci-Fi section. It also has more violence than a YA novel (more on that below), and there are curse words.

    I do see the similarities to the other books it's been compared to; i.e. Hunger Games, Ender's Game, Lord of the Flies, and Game of Thrones. While it has a lot of those elements I think it has become its own story and has a rich universe. The colorful characters (no pun) and settings are well thought out. It's well paced with a mix of suspense, action, heartbreak, tactical planing, political manipulation, romance, psychological mind games, etc.

    I loved the development of the relationships. When I think about it it is what I loved most about the book. I love Mustang. She is my favorite. (I do admit I guessed her relationship with the Jackal when the Jackal said, "Cheat or be cheated."

    It does get really violent. While some of it happens off the page (some girls are rapped) and people lose body parts, it is none the less heartbreaking to read about.

    I had borrowed a copy from the library but now I have dl to my nook. There were so many good parts I wanted to highlight. Also, I will want to reread it before the sequel, Golden Son, (scheduled to be published January 2015) comes out.

    4 out 5 bloodydamn scythes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    I was so surprised by how much I loved this book. It started out a little slow, but then took off. Lot's of excitement, interesting characters, lot's of twists. Great Book, can't wait to read the next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    I'd say this book is more like 3.5 than 3. The story is good, bu

    I'd say this book is more like 3.5 than 3. The story is good, but I didn't care much for the writing though I got used to it. It felt just a bit clumsy and clunky to me. I felt there was to much telling what happened and not showing me. It made the characters feel wooden, though I guess Darrow would have to be a bit unfeeling and driven as a character. It was very violent and by the end it wasn't shocking and the battles got a bit boring. I'd check out the next installment, but I hope there is more story and intrigue/politics in it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Fantastic Fantastc

    Wonderful blend of hardcore action and genius intrigue without excessive pesky drama or love triangles. So happy to have found this book and can only hope when the second comes out it continues the awesome ride.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Great read

    I gotta say, I hate it when books are compared to one another. This book is NOT like Hunger Games, nor like Ender's Game. When a book is written within a specific genre, often times the concepts are similar. Doesn't neccesarily make the books similar. This book was great! I highly enioyed it, and I'm 50. The characters were sympathetic, most likeable. Concept was original and engrossing. Mr. Brown, keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing.
    Chrissiebo

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Fantastic

    Thoroughly fleshed-out characters full of nuances, excellent world-building and lots of unexpected twists. An absolutely great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    I need the next book and I needed it yesterday.

    I need the next book and I needed it yesterday.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Amazing thrill ride!

    A friend recommended this book to me and I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. I enjoyed it immensely. Others may compare it to The Hunger Games...but it far exceeds that series. Some may say its like Enders Game, that's a little closer. A dystopian sci-fi thriller full of political twists and turns set 700 years in the future. If I say anymore I'll ruin it for you. Just take a gamble and read it for yourself.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Exciting Page Turner

    I can't understand why every other review complains how this book "started out slow", the writer set the scene and gave you a connection to the heroine that lasts throughout the entire book. I was hooked within the first fifteen to thirty pages. Couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Very good book. Well worth reading.

    Mortal competition book. My entire family has read it and cannot wait for the second book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    wow

    Red through this in2 days. Just couldnt put it down. Didnt eben want to go to work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Enjoyable

    Besides class warfare similiarities with Hunger Games a very refreshing scifi.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Excellent Read!

    Beyond entertaining and well written. The story-line will have you by the edge of your seat. One of the books that you will probably read more than once in your lifetime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Great Story

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Plenty of action and twists and turns of plot.

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