Red Rising [NOOK Book]

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“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.”—Scott Sigler
 
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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
 
“A Hollywood-ready story with plenty of action and thrills.”Publishers Weekly
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Editorial Reviews

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)
From the Publisher
“[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: 56
  • File size: 3 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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Customer Reviews

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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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  • 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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  • Posted January 29, 2014

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    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]

    3 out of 7 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 2 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.

    2 out of 3 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.

    2 out of 3 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.

    2 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 April 24, 2014

    SO GOOD!! Highly recommend!

    I didn't know what I was getting myself into when i purchased this novel but it grabbed my attention from the very beginning. What an exciting and emotional book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Game of Thrones for Teens

    This is a fantastic read! It pushes the limits as to what is generally considered acceptable in the teen genre and it does it well. It's a gritty tale that'll keep you up at night in worry for what might happen next. The characters, you grow attached. There are a few characters that you can't help but smile about and a few that you'll just love to hate.

    That in mind, there is a drop in the second quarter of the book. I loved the beginning despite being so different from the main bulk; however, that second quarter is different to say the least.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    The next big thing

    I'm a bit obsessed. This book is incredible! If you like Ender's Game of Game of Thrones, I highly recommend Red Rising. (Could also throw in comparisons to The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies.) Pierce Brown has created such a unique world with his attention to detail. His characters are mesmerizing. This is one of the best novels I've read in a while. Plus, this is the authors debut novel! Seriously impressive. I am dying to read the sequel, and it won't be out until next year! Jump on board this band wagon now, Red Rising is going to be the next big thing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

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    WOW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Absolutely amazing book!

    Excellent book for both the heart pounding action scenes and the deeply insightful look at human dynamics! I didn't sleep until this book was finished.

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